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If any of you are currently suffering through graduate school, I hope you have at one point or another come across the delightful PhD Comics.  It’s good to be able to laugh at the things that are currently making all your hair fall out, and to know that there are plenty of smart, sleep-deprived people trudging on right along with you.

Recently the folks behind the comic started posting a series of videos to their youtube channel called “Two Minute Thesis.”  Their most recent one features a linguist from the University of Melbourne discussing her work with Sherpa children!  If you’ve ever wondered what linguists do “in the field,” what kinds of things sociolinguists research, or how language and culture relate to each other, here’s a nice introduction in a few short minutes: