Recently I came across an interview conducted by the website How to become a professor with Professor Kai von Fintel of MIT. The interview is called “How to Become a Linguistics Professor,” but I found it to be even much more than just instructions on getting a faculty position. Professor von Fintel offers really sound, specific, and practical advice on how to be a scientist (of language, and in general), how to be a good researcher, how to publish, and how to stay current in your particular field. I love what he says about the kinds of questions good scientists should ask, and about the nature of inquiry and discovery.
It really is worth twenty minutes of your time! Watch the interview, and check out the original page which has some further thoughts and helpful links.
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