We’re proud to announce that our second 2012 Linguist of the Day is Nikolaus Himmelmann! Dr. Himmelmann is renowned for his work in language documentation, typology, Austronesian and Papuan languages, and more; his story begins:
Before getting to university, I had never heard of linguistics as an academic discipline and only found out about it during my first term, when I was studying English and law. As part of the English program, I had to take an introduction to (English) linguistics and another class on the linguistic analysis of texts (nowadays widely generally known as discourse analysis). And I was immediately hooked.