Author: amanda

Opening of the 4th LINGUIST List Lottery!

Dear Readers,

We have a winner for our 3rd lottery! Congratulations to the winner of a double prize: one book of your choice from the Multilingual Matters online catalog and a free subscription to the Journal: Anthropological Linguistics, published by University of Nebraska Press!

We’re now pleased to announce the FOURTH Lottery of the season! Last week we had one winner of two prizes… but this week, we have TWO draws, and one the winners get TWO prizes!

1st prize: Knowledge about Language, Book 6 of the Encyclopedia of Language and Education, 2nd Edition, published by Springer AND a free subscription to the Journal of Anthropological Linguistics, published by the University of Nebraska Press

2nd prize: the Book of your Choice from Multilingual Matters! http://www.multilingual-matters.com/

Enter the Lottery here: http://funddrive.linguistlist.org/donate/ From your amount, each 10 dollar buys you a raffle ticket!

Thanks for your support, and good luck!

Meet Jacob Heredos, Featured Staff of the week!

Jacob started at the LINGUIST List as an intern last summer, and once the summer ended, decided to stay on as an atypical staff member! He’s also the Master Mind behind the Geoling Treasure hunts you’ve been trying to solve (by the way, if you haven’t tried this week’s yet, you should really read this post: http://blog.linguistlist.org/uncategorized/enjoy-a-weekend-getaway-all-from-behind-your-keyboard/, there are prizes to win!)

You can find out about where Jacob comes from here: http://funddrive.linguistlist.org/pages/JacobHeredos/ and read more about what he has to say to you below:

Dear Users of the LINGUIST List,

My name is Jacob. I started working with the LINGUIST List as an intern last summer, less than a week after finishing my BA in Anthropology, International Studies, and Spanish here at Indiana University.

I suppose my place in the LINGUIST List is a bit unorthodox in a few ways. First, you may have noticed that my background is not exactly in Linguistics (though I did minor in it). Second, I have no ties to the posting and editing that make up the core of the List, instead working on a number of our other projects and lending a hand wherever help is needed. Third, while our staff is mostly made up of MA and PhD students, I am no student at all, working only at the LINGUIST List and as a research assistant.

It has been a privilege to work at the LINGUIST List, and I think that my unusual position here has given me a unique perspective on the work that we do. As I moved more and more toward linguistics later in my studies, the LINGUIST List impressed me with its scope and utility. In every other discipline that I have involved myself in, none has anything even close to the central hub that the worldwide linguistics community has in the LINGUIST List. The List makes the world of linguistics, whether in industry or academia, infinitely more accessible to students and young professionals, and its value cannot be overstated.

The LINGUIST List has served the global linguistics community for nearly three decades, and I hope that it can continue to do so for decades to come. In my short time here, I have seen the monumental time and resources necessary to run the List, and the hard work of linguistics students and faculty who balance their own studies, teaching, and research alongside it.

Your generosity is what keeps us serving the community. Thank you for your support, and please donate to allow us to continue to serve you.

http://funddrive.linguistlist.org/

Sincerely,

Jacob

Announcing: 5 Dollar donation day, and a special Lottery on Wednesday!

Hi everyone,

We are aware that donating to the LINGUIST List can be taxing to some of the smaller-sized wallets out there. We love to support every Linguist at any stage of their career, and that includes a lot of students! That’s why we’ve decided to put this part of our readership in the spotlight for the culminatory day of our Fund Drive, Wednesday 15 March, two days from today! That day, we are organizing a one day special FIVE DOLLAR DAY Lottery game! Here is how it works:

– It’s Wednesday March 15, you walk by your usual coffee shop. You are about to order your daily dose of caffeine in the shape of a large caramel latte. You stop and think: that day, you will only buy a small regular coffee, for a change.
– Instead, you invest the sum of the fancy latte into the LINGUIST List Fund Drive 5 DOLLAR DAY lottery! Here is the link to donate: http://funddrive.linguistlist.org/
– Your name is entered into our Special Lottery and you get a chance to win: Phonetic Transcription in Theory and Practice, by Berry Heselwood (2013), published by Edinburgh University Press!

For those of you out there who donate 10 dollars or more, your name will not only be entered into this lottery, but also in our week-long 2nd Lottery of the LINGUIST List Fund Drive, for which this will be the last day to enter! (more details about this lottery here: http://blog.linguistlist.org/uncategorized/the-second-lottery-is-now-open/)

We look forward to honoring our student readership in our 5 DOLLAR DONATION DAY on Wednesday! 🙂

– the LINGUIST List Student Editors

Featuring Jobs and Journals Editor: Amanda Foster!

Did you know that the LINGUIST List Jobs editor is French? Meet Amanda Foster, featured staff member of the week! Amanda edits Jobs and Student Support announcements (http://linguistlist.org/jobs/), as well as Table of Contents and Journal Calls for Papers from our Linguistic journals database, and she helps maintain the Publishers and Journals database (http://linguistlist.org/pubs/). She also edits any French submission that come our way 🙂 You can read where Amanda is from here: http://funddrive.linguistlist.org/pages/AmandaFoster/

And read a message from her right here – an insight into what it’s like working at the LINGUIST List! Consider supporting this Graduate Assistant by donating to the LINGUIST List: http://funddrive.linguistlist.org/

 

Dear Subscribers and Followers,

Bonjour! My name is Amanda, I’m in the 2nd year (in the final stretch!) of my MA in Linguistics at Indiana University. I started at the LINGUIST List in Fall 2015, at that time I was paid hourly, but thanks to your donations last year, LINGUIST List was able to hire me as a Graduate Assistant here in Fall 2016! I am writing to you to show you how much impact LINGUIST List has already had on my own life, so that you may see how far even the small donations you make can go.

First of all, I would like to express my deep gratitude to those of you who donated last year. When I started the program in Fall 2015, I was not financially sure that I would be able to continue past my first year into the program, in order to graduate. The fact that LINGUIST List was able to hire four GAs instead of 2 is a direct consequence of your donations.

Let me tell you how I got acquainted with LINGUIST List for the very first time, as an Undergraduate student back home. I am originally from France (right here: http://funddrive.linguistlist.org/pages/AmandaFoster/), and at the time I was looking for a university program that could match my interest. That’s how I found Indiana University, from the student portal: http://linguistlist.org/studentportal/. LINGUIST List also helped me find my
very first Internship  through the Student portal, and today as I prepare to begin my professional career, I am so thankful for the Jobs and Student Support pages of the website! (http://linguistlist.org/jobs/)

Being an editor at LINGUIST List benefits me more than financially. Every day, as I edit your submissions, I am able to gain a closer understanding of the field of Linguistics.

But my favorite part about working at the LINGUIST List is that it provides a connection between linguists from around the globe, and working here enables me to be part of this community. This is such an incredible opportunity: as we all strive towards the common goal of reaching a better understanding of our world and the people who inhabit it, we are actually able to connect with each other at more than a theorical level. By donating, you enable us to provide the means to support this worldwide community.

Your donation, however small or large, has the potential to affect so many lives: those of researchers around the world who use LINGUIST List, perhaps your own research, and certainly my own life.

So, thank you for your ongoing, vital support. Please consider donating today: http://funddrive.linguistlist.org/donate/

Sincerely,
Amanda

The Second Lottery is now Open!

Congratulations to our winner of the First 2017 LINGUIST List Lottery: Professor Thorsten Schröter ! You have won the book of your choice published by Multilingual Matters. Thank you – and thank all of you – for your last week’s donations!

We are now announcing the opening of our 2nd LINGUIST List 2017 Lottery! This week, there will be not one, but TWO WINNERS! Donate before Wednesday, March 15th, for a chance to win Literacy, the second volume of the Encyclopedia of Language and Education published by Springer, or for another chance to win the book of your choice by Multilingual Matters!

http://funddrive.linguistlist.org/

For every 10 dollars donated, your name enters an additional time into the competition. Thanks for supporting us, and good luck!

Have you heard about Ask-A-Ling?

Ask-A-Linguist is a discussion board run by the LINGUIST List that allows
non-linguistic people to ask questions that are relevant to the field of
linguistics. However, it’s often home to questions and answers that are
fascinating to linguists as well. What do you think of the discussions going
on here?

https://askaling.linguistlist.org/question/1319/whats-a-working-linguists-take
-on-the-processes-seen-in-the-movie-arrival-and/

Does anyone have know an answer for this this excellent question?

https://askaling.linguistlist.org/question/1409/why-do-we-use-and-between-the-
last-two-items-in-a-series-as-in-this-morning-i-ate-eggs-toast-and-bacon-why-n
ot-just-say-this-morning-i-ate-eggs-toast/

I, Ken, moderate this discussion board and I’m always intrigued by the question that
are asked. Dig around and see what people want to know!

If you like what you see, don’t forget that we’re only able to provide these
services with support from people like you. Consider donating to the current
LINGUIST List funddrive campaign at funddrive.linguistlist.org

Featuring a LINGUIST List staff member: Kenneth Steimel!

All these emails about Conference that you receive everyday in your email box…Do you ever wonder who is the link behind the scenes, between the organisers and the potential participants? Meet our Calls and Confs Editor, Kenneth Steimel! Find out about his hometown over here:

http://funddrive.linguistlist.org/pages/KennethSteimel/

and find out a little bit about himself right here – an insight into a LINGUIST List editor’s life!

Dear LINGUIST List subscribers,

My name is Kenneth Steimel and I am one of the 5 student editors here at the LINGUIST List. I am a PhD student at Indiana University as well. I edit Calls for Papers, Conferences, Media, Software and Ask-a-linguist. Working for the LINGUIST List has allowed me to pursue my graduate studies. I would not be able to afford my degree without the support of this organization. Since subscribers like you support the LINGUIST List, I am very thankful to all of you. 

As we move further into 2017, we need your support again. Without your donations, it becomes hard for us to sustain the services we provide. If you think we provide a meaningful service, please show your appreciation with a contribution. I know everyone here greatly appreciates your donations. Without the support you provide, we would not be able to support graduate assistants like myself who read and edit each post to keep the quality of content high. Truly, thank you. 

Your Call & Conference Editor

Check out upcoming surprises on the LINGUIST List!

Hello LINGUIST Listers,

This year, we have a few surprises awaiting you in our Fund Drive – indeed, we think you will find it very fun! Keep reading our messages to get the latest updates on challenges, prizes, and some exciting new games, including a global scavenger hunt… trust us, you won’t want to miss out! To give you a flavor of the upcoming events, this year’s theme is: Putting Linguistics on the Map for 27 Years!
First of all, we have just proclaimed the annual LINGUIST-List Challenge season open!  As part of our Fund Drive, every year we launch a world-wide contest of the most collectively generous donnors, which unfolds into four parts:

– The Countries Challenge: http://funddrive.linguistlist.org/country/
– The Regions Challenge: http://funddrive.linguistlist.org/region/
– The University Challenge: http://funddrive.linguistlist.org/university/
– The SubField Challenge: http://funddrive.linguistlist.org/subfield/

Each and every one of you is guaranteed to fall into one of these contestant categories. Now the question is: are you ready to take part in the challenge? Who will be the 2017 LINGUIST List Challenge Champions?

 

Second, We are excited to announce the beginning of this year’s first round of the LINGUIST List Fund Drive Lottery! Between today and Wednesday, March 5th, donate and you will be entered to win a prize donated by one of our supporting publishers: one book of your choice from the Multilingual Matters online catalog! Your name is entered once for every $10 donation, so the more you donate, the greater your chance to win! Check out Multilingual Matters’ website (http://multilingual-matters.com/), and then head over to our fund drive webpage, and enter for your chance to win!

 

We leave you – for now, but we’ll be back soon with a new round of games – with a first taste of our appreciation for your donations – our new Premiums!  Don’t wait another second to check out our Fund Drive website, and to contribute to our cause! http://funddrive.linguistlist.org/

Thank you for your support!

Your devoted LINGUIST List team

 

The LINGUIST List Fun(d) Drive has now begun!

 

Dear Colleagues,

It’s Spring again, and time to support the LINGUIST List, your linguistic news channel, providing verified and reliable information, your daily portion of – relatively – light entertainment, for some – a forum for discussion, for some – a bridge to the world, for some – a foot in the door to the career as a linguist or language professional. We have readers in all countries of the world and we span across linguistic disciplines. All year round we, the editors, try to be invisible and simply provide a good service. Today I would like to call for donations to the LINGUIST List.

Linguist List has served you since December 1990. It started as a mailing list, but as the internet and the digital media have changed over the years, so did the LINGUIST List. If you only read the emails sent through the mailing list, you miss out on so much. Just a couple of days ago we broke 50 thousand followers on social media. That’s a lot of people interested in linguistics! We are a huge community. We strive to keep up with technology and we keep introducing new services. Last year we launched GeoLing (http://geoling.linguistlist.org/), displaying linguistically relevant points on an interactive map. And if you don’t want to bother reading, just ask Amazon Alexa! Alexa knows everything published on the LINGUIST List.

As a matter of principle, we do not charge membership fees from the users. We believe that the financial support to the LINGUIST List needs to remain totally voluntary. However, our operations cost real money. We pay for our web servers, we pay a salary to a programmer, we pay tuitions, health insurance and modest salaries to the students of linguistics who, as editors, work on your submissions on a daily basis. To serve you in the best way we can, to continue distributing linguistic news, to update the webpages and stay abreast with the latest technology – we need your donations. All those who can afford it and want to support the linguistic community world-wide, now you have a chance to do so.

Please support the LINGUIST List. Donate now!

-Malgosia Cavar and the LINGUIST List Team

 

Huge steps have been taken in LINGUIST List projects – Thank you, 2016 Summer Interns!

The Fall breeze brought the beginning of a new semester along with it, and a new season for our team of highly motivated Summer Interns at LINGUIST List, who (for the most part) just left us for the continuation of their linguistics endeavors. We are very grateful for their hard work and the priceless contribution they brought to multiple LINGUIST List projects, including GORILLA, MultiTree, LL-Map and GeoLing! These projects have all been started some time ago, and they were brought much closer to completion this summer. We are now very excited to let them tell you what they did over the last few months.

 

1) GORILLA

GORILLA is an exciting project currently being built. The goal of this project is to create a unified source of annotated corpora for languages around the world, with an emphasis on endangered and under-resourced languages. So Eun, Julian, Simon-Pierre, Clare and Will hugely contributed to this project by working on some novel speech corpora for Korean, German, and Kinyarwanda, and by revamping and annotating the AHEYM speech corpus for Yiddish.

Clare

“This summer, I helped to develop the Yiddish Speech Corpus: I transcribed, transliterated, and annotated Yiddish speech and developed corpus metadata. I clarecoordinated with Will and So Eun, and together we annotated over 5 hours of media for the corpus, including interviews, poetry and audio books.”

So Eun

“Over the course of the Linguist List internship, I have worked on collecting and producing speech corpora on the Yiddish and Korean SoEunlanguages. For the Korean corpus, I gathered texts in Korean from non-copy right restricted online sources, made recordings of said texts, and annotated each recording using ELAN. As to the Yiddish corpus, I helped with annotating the Yiddish recordings available at Indiana University’s Archives of Historical and Ethnographic Yiddish Memories (AHEYM) by segmenting audio files as well as converting and copying Yiddish (orthographic and YIVO/romanized) transcriptions onto the ELAN annotations.”

JulianJulian

“While interning at LINGUIST List this summer, I was involved in one main project, and several smaller ones as well. I was told about the speech corpus I would be working on, and shown how to use the program necessary for it. I started off making audio recordings, and then transcribing them to text using ELAN. This took up the majority of my time interning here, but was very useful. After I had completed the transcriptions, I was given some smaller tasks, such as improving LINGUIST List’s website by cleaning up old links. I feel that my time interning here was useful and well spent, and has helped expand my skill set”

 

2) GeoLing, LL-Map and MultiTree

These three projects are some valuable tools that have been in the makings for quite some time, here at LINGUIST List. Thanks to some of our 2016 interns, these tools are now improved!

MultiTree is a digital library of scholarly hypotheses about language relationships and subgroupings, organized in a searchable database with a fancy web interface. Noah, Chloe and Arjuna spent the summer working on the structure of this useful webinterface, providing you with the new and improved MultiTree!

MultiTree interact with the LL-MAP Project, a geolinguistic database which provides users with a fully functional Geographical Information System (GIS) through which linguistic data – including subgrouping information – can be viewed in its geographical context. Jacob lead this project, assisted by Chloe.

Geoling is also an interactive map service, but with a different goal. It displays linguistics information around the world on a map: jobs, conferences, internships, and for the first time on LINGUIST List: local events. Lewis spent much time and effort reorganizing the data for this project, and with the help of Noah and Arjuna they were able to implement it to the website!

Jacob

Jacob“I have spent the summer working on the LL-MAP project, which had been offline for several years. I began by identifying and correcting issues with the geometry and attribute data of the maps in our PostGIS database and KML files to allow them to display properly in viewers like QGIS, Google Earth, and OpenLayers. I also corrected the styles corresponding to the maps, according to recommendations by Jacob Henry, in order to show the colors, labels, and other visual aspects as they appear in the original source. Once the maps had been uploaded into Geoserver, I went through them to identify specific problems and fixed display issues with several dozen maps. Finally, I contributed along with several other interns to the new LL-MAP viewer. I would like to thank Lwin Moe and Damir Cavar for their help at every step of the process, and Damir and Malgosia Cavar for the opportunity to take part in this project.”

Chloe

IMG_9534“As a summer intern at the Linguist List, I worked on improving the MultiTree and LL-MAP sites. Before I started, I had played around with the old and new MultiTree but didn’t know how the trees were generated. With some training in Django and D3 data visualizations, I was able to get behind the scenes of MultiTree and start exploring different tree views using the data from the Linguist List. Because of the variety of visualization options, I learned to put myself in the user’s shoes and to decide what features to prioritize in order for the site to be more helpful to the linguist community.

After MultiTree, I helped with the LL-MAP team on their project. Working on the new LL-MAP was a dynamic process because we constantly adjusted our tasks based on user feedback. The result that came out was an elegant viewer page that provides as much information as possible in a simple and organized way.

One thing I learned from my internship experience is the difference between a classroom assignment and a real project. For both MultiTree and LL-MAP, we had a lot of freedom deciding what to work on as a team as opposed to being assigned specific tasks, with the goal to make the site more informative and easier to use. I’m glad to have gained the experience of collaborating with teammates, and learning to solve issues creatively and efficiently.”

 

We sincerely enjoyed having these burgeoning linguists join our team, and we even have the pleasure of having Jacob and Clare stay on at LINGUIST List after the end of their internship! Thanks to the devoted work of the 2016 LINGUIST List summer interns, some novel and valuable language resources have now been created: their contribution goes beyond the limits of LINGUIST List, and is truly a contribution to the Linguistics community around the world. We now invite you all to enjoy these new tools that have been developed over the years by many different hands, and most recently by the LINGUIST List 2016 Interns crew!