I'm Damien Hall - I teach French and Linguistics at Newcastle University. My particular bit of linguistics is sociolinguistics, which looks at the relationships between people and the languages they speak - how they speak and use them differently in different situations, depending on who they're speaking to, why they're doing it, and things like that. I even just did it there: if I'd been writing this in an academic journal, I'd have said depending on whom they're speaking to.
My journeys - both physical and academic - have maybe been a little bit different to what you'd expect from a university teacher: I started with a degree in French and Latin, then worked in European politics for a while, then came back to academia. I've studied in the USA and the UK (I'm British). Hopefully that makes me better at my job, and a more interesting We The Humanities contributor - I have direct experience of different kinds of language, and it's very clear to me that this is just everyday stuff, used in endlessly interesting ways.
I'm on a mission to show that, in fact, a lot of sociolinguistics is about what you already know. It's not a dry academic subject - everyone uses their advanced knowledge of it daily! All I do is analyse it. You can normally find me saying how interesting this all is, at @hall_damien.