Author Archives: nifferball

Fleshed out?

Is Arabic academic language flowery?   What about Fleshed out? – Can someone who uses this in their English writing accuse Arabic of being flowery? Advertisements

Dhofari Arabic

A good site for language stats and background

Supervisor’s meeting

Notes from Supervisory meeting 15.09.17 Topic Action Problem with Skype. Unfortunately, your voices were not recorded but these are the notes as I remember, prompted by my answers.   Fix Skype on my computer or find alternative. Data We discussed what data I have and what I might need.  The data comes from different students […]

New year – New Study Timetable

Although I have been back in Oman a few days now, so far I have just been unpacking the house; tracing down the things that were lost in storage; dealing with the stray cat problem; catching up with everyone and getting over a bad dose of stomach flu I picked up in Turkey. I have […]

The plan

Trying to plan to maximise my time : I think I will aim to write 2oo – 250 words a day – doesn’t seem too difficult in theory – let’s see how I go.  I’ll try to do it on top of the other stuff – like data analysis as my supervisor said I should […]

Hurray for me!

Finally confirmed – and it only took me 6.5 years – 3 universities and 11 supervisors!


Did I ever mention that I hate systemic linguistics?

Writing from the edge but not for the edge


Can’t work – so tired waiting for my super vegan powers to kick in. Husband on cooking strike because I am making him go on a diet. Not midnight yet but I am done. But the exciting thing is that my Kindle is in Salalah so it made it through customs:  here’s hoping all […]

And only downhill from thereon in

How to write a confirmation paper from Salalah to Gloucester –  and back but really that didn’t help (cont) Step 2 Salalah to Muscat – 1.5 hour plane trip I always work in 1 hour blocks so I figured it was just the perfect amount of time to get a good start but I forgot about […]