Irma Bochorishvili is a second year Linguistics Ph.D student in Trinity College, Dublin working in the field of Sociolinguistics. Her B.A is from the School of English Language and Literature of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece and her MPhil degree in Linguistics is from Trinity College Dublin. Her MPhil thesis was on Georgian migrants in Greece and thus on Georgian-Greek code switching.
Code switching is a linguistic term for modifying your use of language while in conversation, ‘switching’ between two or more languages, dialects or ‘registers’ within the same language (e.g. standard ‘formal’ form to a more localised dialectal form).
She is currently working on code switching in migrant communities and more specifically while her Ph.D deals with Greek migrants living in Ireland and how they switch from Greek to English when talking to each other; something that is analysed based on recordings of everyday dialogues of a big number of Greek speakers in Ireland.
What is the best thing about being a researcher?
“Apart from the fact that as a researcher I get to travel and present on conferences around the world; something that is an unique chance to meet people from every corner of the Earth, it is an amazing feeling to have your say in a topic you are interested in. It also helps you become an independent thinker, makes you more self-confident and is the only way to satisfy your curiosity in a field of your interest. Undoubtedly, being a researcher involves lots of hours of reading and writing but, it is extremely rewarding when your results contribute to a better understanding of a field of your interest.”