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Thread by @martsendo: "So my department looks like they are going to fuck over the entirety of my cohort, minus the one person who (by sacrificing her life for two […]"

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So my department looks like they are going to fuck over the entirety of my cohort, minus the one person who (by sacrificing her life for two years, and just being the kind of person who could do it) is gonna graduate on time.
I have traveled to do field work and get primary data on a language that is going to have zero native speakers in about ten years. The thing everyone says they care so much about. The assistance I have gotten from the department for this work is $0.00.
If I can't wrastle up alternative funding for the next year I don't know how I'll finish my PhD. My research has not aligned with a grant, so I don't have that. People say they care about documentation but it is not funded at all. And I've been told bluntly probably no TAship.
Multiply this scenario by the three and that is what is happening to my cohort. The department thinks the barely-not-starvation-wages they've given us, which has been a struggle for everyone, for some portion of our time shows they care about our success. Sorry, but no.
If academia actually cared about what it claims to care about - research, education - you'd see this reflected in where they spent their money. You'd see it in departments that encouraged and helped their graduate students rather than exploiting them.
You'd see resources spent on primary data collection rather than the endless series of reanalyses and summarizations which is the bulk of modern linguistic work. You'd see departments encouraging students to learn languages rather than to focus on what they came in knowing.
Regardless of what academics claim are their values, the shape of graduate school and the way that money gets spent inside universities shows what the true priorities are.
I never thought I'd leave tech for another field and find that field was *more* corrupt than tech companies, but guess what, academia is.
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