Every PhD student knows the problem well: articulating the origins and purposes of one's research clearly and concisely—a sturdier challenge than I'd originally supposed. The latest attempt:
I study Formal Thought Disorder (FTD), the symptoms of which alter language at the levels of organisation and expression. FTD entails incoherent discourse, which often exacerbates the implicit sensitivity of complex clinical interactions. Equally, I'm interested in linguistic creativity: i.e., the manipulation of language, also at the levels of organisation and expression, for artistic purposes. My research asks: to what extent are these processes related—are the phenomena of FTD involuntary expressions of linguistic creativity? At the neurocognitive level, do these processes employ common mechanics?
In time, I'll explore the means through which these questions might be tackled and why so doing serves the public interest.