10 Minutes with… Dr Patrycja Strycharczuk

Posted on January 9, 2018 by

After a long break, the ’10-minutes with’-interviews are back! The first to be subjected to the all-new interrogation is Dr Patrycja Strycharczuk (better know as ‘Pat’), lecturer in Linguistics and quantitative methods. Pat grew up in Poland, but moved to Manchester to doctor at the University of Manchester under supervision of the amazing Ricardo Bermudez-Otero and Yuni Kim. After spending some very productive time in Edinburgh (which, among many other things, resulted in a prize-winning publication), Pat returned to Manchester in September 2016. Since Pat has such an impressive academic record (and seems to get along great with cute baby goats), Manchet naturally could not wait to conduct a brief, yet in-depth feature interview with Pat.

Manchet: As what kind of linguist would you describe yourself?

Pat: A labphonista. I enjoy experiments a lot, but my interests are mainly theoretical.

M: Why does linguistics matter?

P: Because it’s super interesting. The more we learn about language, the more we realise how complex it is. Reverse-engineering a system like this is bound to take us places.

M: If you weren’t a linguist, what would you be doing?

P: I considered studying mathematics, but chickened out. I sometimes wonder about this path not taken.

M: What’s the most fun thing to do in Manchester?

P: Going to gigs. Manchester has some brilliant venues.

M: Exactly how good are you at scrabble?

P: PERFECT: that’s 14 points + 50 for using all seven letters

M: Have you ever had a conversation with anyone thinking they were someone else?

P: A man at the fishmonger’s asked me if I thought he was getting enough fish. When I answered that it depends, he squinted and said: ‘You’re not my wife. I’m not wearing my glasses’. The wife looked amused.

M: Would you rather have to read aloud every word you read or sing everything you say out loud?

P: Sing aloud, no contest. I often wish my life were more like a musical.

M: Describe the LEL Department using 3 words (of any language)

P: Damn fine people


goats.jpg(photo by Koen Sebregts – featured image by Lauren Fonteyn)