Week 104: Wrap up of the second year of my PhD

It’s the final week of the second year of my PhD programme, and here’s my reflection of the year. My second year kicked off with fieldwork and data collection in Tokyo. After spending four months collecting audio data, the next six months were devoted to sorting it out, making transcripts, conducting pilot analysis, and writing […]

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Weeks 102 and 103: Two weeks’ break in Tokyo

I’ve been feeling a bit guilty about not working on my research for the past two weeks. But one thing I can report is that my paper abstract has been accepted for an international conference taking place in Hong Kong next year – I am going, for sure! It’s also odd, after I arrive in […]

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Week 101: Analysis and muffin-making

I am writing this post at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and am about to take my flight to Tokyo. I’ll have two weeks’ holiday in Japan and make trips to different cities with my family. The past week has been hectic (end of the semester, data analysis, an interview in London and packing), but hopefully, I […]

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Week 100: Conversation analysis and pistachio cake

My PhD diary has reached week 100! I cannot believe that it’s been two years – the time has gone by so quickly. I’ve written my activities of research, teaching and baking every weekend, and I’m now starting the third year of my PhD. As a mini celebration for week 100, I baked a Teff […]

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Week 99: Initiation of data analysis

This week was relaxing and fairly productive in terms of a transition from theory review to data analysis. Based on plans my supervisors and I made last week, I mapped out audio data to structure analysis chapters, and I set a weekly schedule for conducting each process and writing chapters for the next year. I […]

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Week 98: Hard work pays off

My room smells of vanilla and chocolate because I’ve just baked chocolate chip banana bread! This feels like a bit of a special treat for this weekend. Yesterday I had the last supervision meeting of the second year of my PhD programme, and I was glad to hear that my supervisors are very happy with […]

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