My turn to cognitive linguists, as well as to rhetoric and speech act theory, marks the intellectual foundation I need to execute my next major project, a book-length study of modern and contemporary black novelists from the foundational vantage point of philosophies of language. But since linguistics is much more scientific in orientation that my humanities home ground in literature, I find that I will need some direction in order to develop the frame of mind that it brings to the study of language. And yet cognitive linguistics can offer much-needed augmentation to reader biases toward what has been called the 'pleasures' of textuality (and/or intertextuality), which is common in literary study. Taking graduate courses in cognitive linguistics would enhance my research and teaching at all levels; the additional facility in macro- or big-picture conceptual interpretation that the field promises would make an especially felicitous fit with my specialization in African American modernism and humorous, ironic--or signifying, vernacular--discourses in writing. Moreover, the additional expertise would positively impact current English department offerings—as well as college-wide liberal and rigorous turns to interdisciplinarity—given that Oberlin has few faculty members with training in linguistics and none who teach a minority literature in English.