I am a native Russian speaker; I also speak French and Hebrew, and I started to teach myself Arabic last summer but shortly realized that, being located in Washington, DC, I would be just one in a whole sea of semi-proficient Arabic speakers flooding the Federal job market upon graduation.
One of the things I am here for is advice. I am starting the brainstorming/research process for my senior thesis, and I want to write about a topic having to do with language and either diplomacy or security. My problem is that I don't have much in-depth, practical knowledge of linguistics (thanks, liberal arts college!), let alone forensic linguistics -- which is where my interests ultimately lie. I have no idea where to start.
I would therefore appreciate a nudge in any direction, really. Perhaps you know some articles, or books, or topics, or ideas -- or really anything that could give me an idea for a project or research paper. I know I haven't given you guys much to go on, but it's the best I can do right now. Plus, if you have any ideas, I will make sure to mention you in the 50 billion articles and books I will surely publish once I become a famous linguist. Yup.
Thank you very much for reading!