Fund Drive

Fund Drive 2015 is Over! Thank You to All of Our Supporters!

Dear LINGUIST List Subscribers, Supporters and Friends,

Fund Drive 2015 has come to a close, and we would like to thank everyone who made a donation—big or small—for their generosity! This Fund Drive was no small effort, and we appreciate all of the support that we received from
nearly 700 donors!

To wrap up Fund Drive 2015, we would like to conclude with the results of our challenges:

– The Subfield Challenge

While phonology and syntax held the lead for the first half of the drive, it was computational linguistics that came out on top! Check out how the top five subfields ranked:

1. Computational Linguistics ($7,790)
2. Syntax ($6,121)
3. Sociolinguistics ($3,998)
4. Phonology ($3,129)
5. Semantics ($2,845)

– The University Challenge

Indiana University Bloomington and The University of Washington were in a stiff battle throughout the drive, but who ended up on top? Check out the results:

1. Indiana University Bloomington ($2,730)
2. University of Washington ($2,590)
3. Stanford University ($1,365)
4. North-West University, Potchefstroom and Vaal Triangle Campuses, South Africa ($820)
5. University of Arizona ($750)

– The Business Challenge

We also received some donations from a few very generous businesses:

1. Google Inc. ($4,000)
2. Microsoft Natural Language Group ($300)
3. IBM Watson ($150) and IBM Context Computing ($150)

We would also like to make a special mention of our Advisory Panel, whose efforts during our Advisors’ Challenge and all throughout the drive were invaluable. Not only were their donations vital to Fund Drive, but their willingness to spread the word and raise awareness brought great life to our efforts. We send them our sincerest thanks!

We are incredibly grateful for each and every donation that we received totaling $41,091.85, but we still did not come close to our goal of $79,000. Although Fund Drive 2015 is over, you can continue supporting us with one-time or recurrent donations by selecting The Linguist List Discretionary Fund (see the Instructions page):

https://www.myiu.org/one-time-gift

Please consider making a donation to keep The LINGUIST List running the way you like it! LINGUIST List is dedicated to freely providing information and services to the linguistic community, and it’s through your support that we’re able to do it.

We thank you all for your support during Fund Drive 2015!

Best wishes,
The LINGUIST List Team

Win a Copy of The Cambridge Handbook of Generative Syntax!

Dear LINGUIST List Readers,

For today’s prize, we are giving away a copy of “The Cambridge Handbook of Generative Syntax” donated by Cambridge University Press.  Read more about the book here:

http://goo.gl/sCyinf

Valued at $150, this book could be yours for a donation of $50 or more!  Enter to win by donating before noon tomorrow (May 7, 11:59 AM EST).  The lucky winner will be selected at random for pool of donors.

This is a limited time offer so to be eligible to win, donate today! You can donate at the link below:

http://goo.gl/e656LG

In addition to the one-time donations to our Fund Drive, you can also become a recurring donor and support LINGUIST List on a long-term basis.  Find out how by following this link:

http://goo.gl/Q27jls

Thanks and good luck!

Linguistically yours,

The LINGUIST List Crew

Limited-time Giveaway: Win a Copy of The Rise of Writing from Cambridge University Press!

Dear LINGUIST List Readers,

For our Fund Drive raffle today, Cambridge University Press is donating two copies of The Rise of Writing, by Deborah Brandt.  Read the book summary here:

http://goo.gl/8lP5nD

Donate before midnight tomorrow (May 2, 11:59 pm EST), and two of you could be the lucky winners!  You can donate by following the link below:

http://goo.gl/e656LG

In addition to the one-time donations to our Fund Drive, you can also become a recurring donor and support LINGUIST List on a long-term basis.  Find out how by following this link:

http://goo.gl/Q27jls

Please be sure to spread the word about our Fund Drive – like, share, retweet.  We appreciate all of your support!

Thanks and good luck!

Linguistically yours,

The LINGUIST List Crew

 

 

Donate Today and Win a One-Year Subscription to Linguistics Vanguard by De Gruyter Mouton!

Dear LINGUIST List Readers,

For today’s prize, we are giving away two one-year online subscriptions to the new multimodal journal Linguistics Vanguard from De Gruyter Mouton.  You can read more about the journal here:

http://goo.gl/yu2UgH

Normally valued at $149, a one-year subscription can be yours for a donation of at least $50!  Donate before noon tomorrow (May 1, at 11:59 AM EST) to be entered to win.  Donate at this link here:

http://goo.gl/e656LG

In addition to the one-time donations to our Fund Drive, you can also become a recurring donor and support LINGUIST List on a long-term basis.  Find out how by following this link:

http://goo.gl/Q27jls

Thanks and good luck!

Linguistically yours,

The LINGUIST List Crew

One-day Giveaway: Win a Copy of The Body in Language from Brill!

Dear LINGUIST List Readers,

For today’s prize, we are giving away a copy of “The Body in Language” donated by Brill, a great resource for anyone interested in cognitive linguistics, lexical semantics or language and culture.  Read more about the book here:

http://goo.gl/zDemHn

Valued at $163, this book could be yours for a donation of $50 or more!  Enter to win by donating before noon tomorrow (April 30, 11:59 AM EST).  The lucky winner will be selected at random for pool of donors.

This is a limited time offer so to be eligible to win, donate today! You can donate at the link below:

http://goo.gl/e656LG

In addition to the one-time donations to our Fund Drive, you can also become a recurring donor and support LINGUIST List on a long-term basis.  Find out how by following this link:

http://goo.gl/Q27jls

Thanks and good luck!

Linguistically yours,

The LINGUIST List Crew

Limited-time Giveaway: Donate Today and Win a One-Year Subscription from Cambridge!

Dear LINGUIST List Readers,

For today’s prize, we are giving away 5 one-year journal subscriptions to a Cambridge Linguistics journal of the winners’ choice.  You can browse Cambridge’s extensive journal catalogue here:

http://goo.gl/W2hM0g

Donate before noon tomorrow (April 29, 11:59 AM EST), and you will be eligible to win this invaluable linguistic resource could be yours for a donation of at least $50.  You can donate at the link below:

http://goo.gl/e656LG

In addition to the one-time donations to our Fund Drive, you can also become a recurring donor and support LINGUIST List on a long-term basis.  Find out how by following this link:

http://goo.gl/Q27jls

Thanks and good luck!

Linguistically yours,

The LINGUIST List Crew

 

One-Day Giveaway: Win a Copy of Manual of Language Acquisition from De Gruyter!

Dear LINGUIST List Readers,

The Fund Drive is winding down right now, but we still have a lot of great publisher prizes to give away before the end of Fund Drive.  So we’re going to ramp up the tempo and be giving away a prize daily.

For today’s prize, De Gruyter Mouton has donated a copy of the Manual of Language Acquisition, edited by Christine Fäcke, a perfect volume for anyone who is interested in language acquisition, especially in Romance languages.  You can view a summary of the book here:

http://goo.gl/jpJeGR

Valued at $280, it can yours for at least a $50 donation.  Donate tomorrow before noon (April 28, 11:59 AM EST) to be eligible to win.  You can donate at the link below:

http://goo.gl/e656LG

In addition to the one-time donations to our Fund Drive, you can also become a recurring donor and support LINGUIST List on a long-term basis.  Find out how by following this link:

http://goo.gl/Q27jls

Please spread the word about our Fund Drive.  You can do so by liking, sharing, and retweeting on social media.  Every bit of support helps and is vital to the continuing existence of LINGUIST List.

Thanks and good luck!

Linguistically yours,

The LINGUIST List Crew

 

Win a Copy of English as an International Language in Asia from Springer!

Dear LINGUIST List Readers,

Today’s prize, we are giving away a copy of English as an International Language in Asia: Implications for Language Education (edited by Andy Kirkpatrick and Roland Sussex), generously donated by Springer.  You can read about the book more here:

http://goo.gl/oooQGs

This title is normally valued at $129 USD, but can be yours for as little as a $50 donation! Enter to win by donating before midnight tomorrow (April 24, 11:59 p.m. EST).  For our donation page, follow the link below:

http://goo.gl/e656LG

Thanks and good luck!

Sincerely,

The LINGUIST List Crew

Featured Linguist: Monica Macaulay

Featured Linguist: Monica Macaulay

Featured Linguist: Monica Macaulay

So, you know how most kids want to be firefighters, or doctors, or scientists when they grow up?  When I was a kid I wanted to be a librarian.  Yes, I was the biggest nerd in the world.  It was just that I loved to read and I loved to organize things, so organizing books sounded really good.  I also played Scrabble with my mom, and we would look words up in her immense “Shorter Oxford English Dictionary,” which we regarded as the authority on all matters language-related.

When I was 15 we moved to Santiago, Chile.  My mother was thrilled because her children were going to learn to speak a second language.  So, being 15, I decided I wasn’t going to learn it.  Unfortunately, I did, despite my best efforts.  So I spent about six months hiding it from my parents until it just got too hard to pretend.  We were there for a year and a half.  By the end of our time there my Spanish was so good I could fool people into thinking I was Chilean.  It’s been downhill ever since.

I graduated in Chile from Santiago College – that was my high school – a girl’s school with the motto “for finer womanhood.”  I was 16 and it made perfect sense to me that since I had graduated from high school I was an adult.  So I took off overland with my boyfriend and spent three months traveling through South America.  My parents, of course, were absolutely horrified.  It was quite an adventure and I did live to tell about it.  Then the boyfriend and I moved to Prescott, AZ, where we attended a hippy college for a while.  Next up, San Francisco, where I went to art school.  (Of course.)  We lived on a houseboat in Sausalito.  I finally dumped art school (no talent, just a love of art supplies) and the BF, and moved to Berkeley.

Eventually I realized I might want to go to college (a real one), and that there was one in the town I lived in. So I applied and got into UC-Berkeley.  It took me 7 years to finish.  I kept dropping out to do things like hitch-hike through Mexico, but that’s another story.  Everyone in Mexico laughed at my Chilean accent so I quickly modified it.

I took random classes in college, just not sure what I wanted to do.  But then one day I saw a course listing for a class in the English department that I thought would help me with my crossword puzzles, an obsession at the time.  It turned out to be 1965-era Standard Theory, taught as gospel truth.  (This was the mid/late-70s.)  I was hooked.  And OH MY GOD at the end of the semester I discovered there was a whole department of this stuff.  That was it, I never looked back.  I had finally found the place where I could combine my love of words and my love of organizing things into systems.

Cut to grad school (still at Berkeley – who would want to leave that beautiful place?).  I was there in a phase where the only required course in the linguistics graduate program was a 2-semester sequence in field methods.  (This is how I managed to get a PhD and never take an actual phonology course!)  They were offering two sections the year I took it.  I knew one was going to use Vietnamese, and I said, no way, that’s a tone language, I’m not doing tone.  The other one turned out to be Mixtec.  Nuff said.

Despite the tone, I discovered I loved eliciting and analyzing data.  Eventually I did fieldwork in Mexico (and I’ve written about that elsewhere), and wrote my dissertation on the language.  After a year’s stint at George Mason University I wound up in the English department at Purdue University.  Indiana was a bit of a shock after 14 years in the Bay Area.  But I met my husband, Joe Salmons, there, and made a lot of good friends.

The year after I got tenure, though, we moved to Madison to take jobs at the University of Wisconsin.  I grew up in Madison, so it was quite strange to return home after all those years.  When we moved there I was just finishing up my grammar of Chalcatongo Mixtec, and it seemed like a good time to make a change.  Ever since hearing Amy Dahlstrom talk about Algonquian languages in graduate school I had had a bad case of Algonquian envy.  Wisconsin has five native languages which are still spoken, three of which are Algonquian.  I satisfied my Algonquian envy by starting to work on Menominee, and have continued that ever since.  There’s a steep learning curve for Algonquian linguistics, but it’s totally worth it.

A couple of interesting things have happened along the way, to me and to the profession.  I didn’t start out feeling like an Americanist – that is, I didn’t feel like I was one of those people who would characterize themselves as working on American Indian languages; I just happened to work on Mixtec (and also a California language called Karuk).  But that identity snuck up on me, and I definitely define myself as an Americanist now.  The other thing that has happened is that the field has undergone a radical transformation, and me along with it.  This is the recognition that the vast majority of the languages we work on are severely endangered, that our work with communities has as much value as our scholarly work, and that we need to take responsibility for helping communities out with language revitalization when and how they want us to.

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Documentary and theoretical approaches coexist and enrich each other, and American Indian languages are in the thick of it.  When I was in graduate school it was pretty much unthinkable that people from the theory-dominant departments would do fieldwork – now it seems like most everybody does some.  And I find myself working with community members on dictionaries of Menominee and Potawatomi, something I never could have imagined myself doing when I was in grad school.  The benefits of these changes to the field are enormous, and I think we’re in a much healthier place as a discipline now.

From 2009 to 2014, Joe Salmons, Anja Wanner, Rajiv Rao, and I were the review editors for Linguist List.   It was a lot of work but we were proud of the quality (and quantity!) of the reviews we posted.  After stepping down from that, I became a co-editor of the Papers of the Algonquian Conference, and last January I became president of the Endangered Language Fund (http://www.endangeredlanguagefund.org/).  We give grants for small projects on endangered languages all over the world.

Just a footnote:  linguistics ruined Scrabble for me.  It’s just that pesky question of what counts as a word!  I mean, can you use “ish”?

Please support the Linguist List with a donation today.

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Find Out How to Win a One-Year Subscription to the Journal of Language Contact from Brill

Dear LINGUIST List Readers:

For our latest Fund Drive Drawing today, Brill is giving away three one-year online subscriptions to the Journal of Language Contact.  You can read about the journal here:

http://goo.gl/dFGXDW

This subscription, normally valued at $100, could be yours for as little as a $50 donation!  If you donate before midnight tomorrow (April 23, 11:59 p.m. EST), three of you could be the lucky winners. You can do so by following the link below:

http://goo.gl/e656LG

Thanks and good luck!

Linguistically yours,

The LINGUIST List Crew