OK, I'd like people's thoughts on this if you don't mind. I've had this idea in the back of my head for a long time, but never acted on it.
The main thing keeping me from moving more quickly on the dissertation is (laziness and) a lack of participants for the experiments. I'm ready to go again with my next set of experiments, but only have 3 more people dropping by this week. I could have the whole experiment done in a couple days if I could get 20 people to show up.
Now, at the same time, at least in 2006, there were 7 million, that's 7 with 6 zeroes, visitors to Hawaii, or almost 20,000 a day. If I could interest just 1 thousandth of those people (0.1 %) in stopping by the linguistics lab, I'd be done with an experiment in a single day. Clear benefit to me.
Moreover, you hear about people taking all these research / science / educational trips as vacations all the time. They go to dig up dinosaur bones or build a school or learn the art of the loom from Shakers or whatever. Now I'm no Shaker (though I can shake the moneymaker) but I wonder if us linguists could be at all interesting to people who like that sort of vacation.
And I don't really have in mind an entire linguistics trip, but maybe a single day program or an afternoon or an evening lecture in the hotel ballroom, etc.
My question is just: Imagine you are the type of person who likes educational holidays and not the type who identifies vacation with the number of salt-rimmed margaritas that can be consumed (I imagine a couple of you like both). Would you ever show up to a linguistics-type lecture or day program? If so, what sorts of things might float your boat?
Since this is Hawaii, I can imagine that people would be interested in the Hawaiian language or other Pacific languages. Maybe something about children learning language... Possibly an intro to the field. Oh, people often like historical linguistics, how English has changed through time or the history of Indo-European languages or some such.
What ya think?