As you all know, Helen and I retired from LINGUIST last year. It was very hard to separate ourselves from an organization we had put so much effort into; but we had reached the point when we could reasonably say that a time had come when we should hand things over to someone different, and younger. Damir Cavar was our choice, and we are very happy he agreed to take LINGUIST over.
Because of that transition, however, there was no Fund Drive last year, and LINGUIST now very much needs your help. It needs to make up the shortfall so that it can continue to serve you as it has for so many years.
I don’t think I need to remind you of the services that LINGUIST provides. It’s the main place where linguists go to find jobs. It’s your source for information on new books, on the details of conferences, on new initiatives in the discipline. More reviews of linguistic books are published by it than by any other publication. I doubt that any of you would be happy if all this ended.
This year is one that harbingers so many changes in LINGUIST. The complete Multitree database and interface will be available on mobile devices this year. The LINGUIST team is working on a complete revision of the whole site which will make it much more efficient and modern. This will include new versions of the site in German, French, Chinese and Arabic.
I would like to urge you to donate to LINGUIST this year, therefore, and preserve this organization and its work. The money is urgently needed, and your help will be much appreciated by the entire discipline.
The best way to contribute is through the eLinguistics Foundation. This is a new organization that was set up last year for the express purpose of supporting LINGUIST, and thus linguistic infrastructure for our discipline. It then became the owner of all the intellectual property rights to the LINGUIST name and to the websites which LINGUIST runs. This is now a US-recognized tax-exempt 501(c)(4) entity, and can accept donations for LINGUIST, not just through a credit card, but also through Paypal. All such donations will thus be tax-deductible in the US. We hope to set up similar arrangements in other countries.
Please donate! LINGUIST needs your help!
LINGUIST List Moderator (retired)