Crew Letters

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

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

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

Calls: An Appeal from LINGUIST Editor Amanda Foster

Dear Linguists,

My name is Amanda, and I started working here as an editor at the LINGUIST List last Fall. I am also a student at Indiana Univesity, where I am pursuing a M.A. in Linguistics.

I came to Indiana for my first semester in Fall 2015 – I am originally from France – and the first time I came across the LINGUIST List, I was looking for a university program that could match my interest. The LINGUIST List is the only platform that can provide such a valuable ressource to prospective students. At that time, I would have never imagined that I would have the honor to become part of the LINGUIST List team!

I am so grateful that as a student, I can have a glimpse into what it is like to work as a professional linguist. By working here, I am able to gain a closer understanding of the field of Linguistics, both comprehensively and in its details. I am also able to study in a different country than my own, which is an invaluable and eye-opening oportunity.

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. I doubt that I would be able to live and study here in the United States without it. This job, which is already amazing in itself, also provides me with necessary funds, and gives me the opportunity to reach my life-long dream of becoming a linguist.

Thank you again for your interest in the LINGUIST List! And thank you for your ongoing, vital support.

http://funddrive.linguistlist.org/donate/

Best,

Amanda Foster
Student Editor
The LINGUIST List

The LINGUIST List Events in March

Dear Colleagues, Subscribers, and Supporters,

While we are all very much engaged in managing the normal operations of The LINGUIST List and running the 2015 Fund Drive, Heike Zinsmeister, a linguist and colleague from the University of Hamburg in Germany, visited our office in Bloomington at Indiana University.

Heike Zinsmeister visiting LINGUIST List at Indiana University (March 2015)

Heike Zinsmeister visiting LINGUIST List at Indiana University (March 2015)

Should you be on the IU campus in Bloomington, we would love to meet you. Please come and see us!

Please consider supporting LINGUIST List with a donation during the fund drive.

The LINGUIST List Team!

 

Fund Drive and The LINGUIST List Team 2015

Dear Colleagues, Subscribers, and Supporters,

Perhaps you were wondering, who are these people at LINGUIST List at Indiana University running the operation, posting your submissions, maintaining EasyAbs, correcting and changing conference announcements. Here is a picture of some of the students, programmers, and managers of the LINGUIST List Team at Indiana University:

Some members of the Linguist List Crew (March 2015)

Some members of the Linguist List Crew (March 2015)

These are some of the people who volunteer, work hourly, are graduate assistants, or full time employees at LINGUIST List. There are many more of supporters, student and faculty editors on the IU campus and at other locations.

Everybody at LINGUIST List is convinced that the service that LINGUIST offers to the international community is important and should be continued. It is a service for the international linguistic community, operated by members of the international linguistic community, and supported and funded by the same community. It is independent. It is free from corporate or market pressure. It is full of enthusiastic lovers of languages and linguistics.

To be able to continue the service, LINGUIST needs your support. Some of the people in the picture above need financial support to be able to support the LINGUIST List operation. We ask you to support the work of the student editors with a donation during the 2015 fund drive.

You do not have to support our office puppy, we got enough supply for her:

The LINGUIST List Office Puppy

The LINGUIST List Office Puppy

She is very modest and does not need much more than the love and care of all office members:

LINGUIST List Puppy

LINGUIST List Puppy

However, the everyday operations of LINGUIST are costly. We pay for the servers to run mailing lists, not just the two lists that LINGUIST List manages, but also numerous other lists for the global linguistic community. The website for the LINGUIST List, as well as some websites for other organizations and projects are hosted by The LINGUIST List. LINGUIST has to pay for the traffic and maintenance of the servers, the storage space and the computer hosting. While LINGUIST is mainly run by graduate assistants who receive a stipend during the semesters, the summer time LINGUIST has to pay students hourly to continue working as editors. Without their help, LINGUIST cannot function.

The Fund Drive 2015 is asking for donations to cover these costs to fund the operation of LINGUIST List and support the editing students. Please consider donating to The LINGUIST List on the fund drive website.

Thank you!

Your LINGUIST List Team

 

Syntax: Favorite Tree of Editor Ashley Parker

Dear LINGUIST List Subscribers:

As you may have seen, the theme for Fund Drive 2015 is Branching Out. As we are all settling into our new lives in Indiana, our theme has to do with laying new roots, planting new orchards, and setting an environment for LINGUIST List to thrive in future. Trees are a big part of our Fund Drive (see http://funddrive.linguistlist.org/), a big part of our lives, and a big part of linguistics.

When asked to consider what my favorite linguistic tree is, my mind filled with complex, clever, and even controversial parse trees and abstract syntax trees. I visited MultiTree (http://multitree.org/) to find a language tree that was special to me. While I find all of that incredibly fascinating, there is no linguistic tree that is more special to me than this one:

Favorite Tree

Sure, this tree is quite simplistic and seemingly banal, but it’s the first linguistic tree I ever drew. It was the undergraduate class in which I drew this tree that lead me to a future in linguistics. Without this tree, I would likely have vastly different career aspirations, and I certainly wouldn’t be here at LINGUIST List working with what I love—linguistics—every day. Of course, my knowledge and work with trees has grown bigger than NPs, but this is the most sentimental to me! Therefore, I am proud to call this tiny tree my favorite tree of all.

Please consider supporting our Fund Drive by making a donation to LINGUIST List. Your support is not only important, but vital to our operation. We are so grateful for everyone’s support and the incredible future that you are helping to grow.

http://funddrive.linguistlist.org/donate/

Sincerely,

Ashley Parker

Student Editor

The LINGUIST List

 

 

 

Got an abstract? There are 218 conferences awaiting your submission.

Think about it: in your career, how many conferences have you gone to? How many have you presented at? How many abstracts have you submitted for papers, talks, poster sessions, panels, and colloquia?

And of those, how many did you find out about through the LINGUIST List?

An academic’s need to attend and present at conferences, and the inherently chaotic nature of the academic conference system, is precisely what makes the Calls and Conferences feature of the LINGUIST List such an indispensable tool. Rather than relying on word of mouth or hoping that your colleagues will remember to CC you on an email, you can count on LINGUIST to keep you informed about your field’s most important conference and the associated call for papers.

But we do far more than just email you this important information: we also have a searchable database of all upcoming linguistic conferences (http://linguistlist.org/callconf/browse-current.cfm?type=Conf) and all active calls for papers (http://linguistlist.org/callconf/browse-current.cfm?type=call). We also have an events calendar to keep you organized (http://linguistlist.org/callconf/eventcalendar.cfm), so you’ll never have to present in Germany one day and Japan the next.

If you’re a conference organizer, you probably know how much easier it is to submit a conference announcement, program, and call for papers via LINGUIST than to email your colleagues one by one. You also know that we circulate your submission within 48 hours. But did you know that we provide a free, user-friendly platform (http://linguistlist.org/confservices/EasyAbs/index.cfm) for your participants to submit abstracts? Or that we’re developing an online registration service (http://linguistlist.org/confservices/EasyReg/index.cfm) to bring your attendees to you, minus the headaches?

As of this week, the LINGUIST List has records for 787 conferences taking place all over the world between now and September 2015, with 218 active calls for papers. And these aren’t just English: we distribute announcements in French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, and, once, even Papiamento!

We do all this for the sake of the linguistic community at no cost to you, which means we rely solely upon the generosity of our supporters. If you have found these services valuable, please donate to the LINGUIST List today.

http://linguistlist.org/donation/donate/donate1.cfm.

Without your donation, we can’t continue to provide our Calls and Conferences services that you, as an academic, rely on. We’re counting on you!

With sincerest gratitude,

Bryn Hauk, Xiyan Wang & Anna White
Calls & Conferences Editors

LINGUIST: A Non-Profit Service for Linguists

Dear Subscribers,

I came from Shanghai, China and I am so happy that I have joined the LINGUIST team over the past six years. I really appreciate the LINGUIST List for giving me this job opportunity. Right now I can support my family, raise my kid, and learn a lot of new things from different projects.

As a full time programmer for LINGUIST, I have been involved in many different projects. This year I am mainly involved in two projects: LEGO and EasyReg. For the LEGO project, we have uploaded 31 lexicons and we will upload more lexicons and more than 3000 word lists into our system. Then the user can search all the data in these lexicons and word lists through our faceted search facility. The EasyReg facility was launched a few months ago. The EasyReg system will help conference organizer to set up online registration system easily and let registrants submit and pay registration fee online through their customized registration system.

Also I help to maintain the publisher, finance and EasyAbs web sites.

LINGUIST is non-profit organization. It provides free service for all linguist users in the world. Your donations – even a small amount – will mean a lot for us. Your contribution will help us to continually run another year to provide more service for linguist users and gave us the chance to work here.

Please help us to donate at:
https://linguistlist.org/donation/donate/donate1.cfm

Thanks again for your continued support and donations!

Yours sincerely,
Li (Lily) Zheng
LINGUIST Programmer