Crew Letters

LINGUIST List: Networking for Linguistics

Dear Fellow Linguist,

Hi, I’m Bryn. If you have ever donated to the LINGUIST List, you are the reason that I was able to complete an exciting and enriching internship at the LINGUIST List this summer. If you have yet to donate, you have the opportunity now to help fund my work and the pursuit of my MA in Linguistics at Eastern Michigan University, while I continue serving you as a LINGUIST List student editor and team member of the Catalogue of Endangered Languages (ELCat).

Ever since I earned my BA in Linguistics and Russian Language & Literature from the University of Michigan in 2011, I have been compelled by the wildly idealistic passion to rescue endangered languages, or at least to document them for the advancement of the science. Beginning with a summer internship, the LINGUIST List has focused my energy on ELCat, one of our many projects desgined for the benefit of the linguistic community. The goal of ELCat is to assemble research on endangered languages into one up-to-date, vetted, searchable resource, which is now live at My job is to find the best information on endangered languages and bring it to you, which has cultivated in me the important scholarly skills of resource retrieval, fast but thorough processing of linguistic literature, and bibliography management.

More than just an enthusiastic ELCat team member, I am also your editor for conference calls for papers at the LINGUIST List. That’s right: I am the one who makes sure you know that the deadline to submit to your field’s biggest conference is fast approaching, that your abstract must be no longer than 500 words, and that your submission will be rejected outright if it’s anything but a hyper-anonymized PDF with exact-to-the-milimeter margins. If you have ever submitted a conference to the mailing list, you might remember me as the one who triple-checked your spelling and painstakingly formatted your submission, who emailed you at 6 a.m. Sunday morning when you need to change your deadline, or who distributed your appel à communications in three more languages than I can personally speak.

As a linguist, I am incredibly grateful to be part of a discipline with such a well-established infrastructure to help us navigate the labyrinth of academia. Not every field has a resource like the LINGUIST List. You would be surprised how many calls for papers I have to reject for lack of linguistic relevance: submissions pertaining to economics, business, and ecology, submitted to LINGUIST for lack of a better way to distribute their announcements among their own colleagues. Our linguistics network is a great source of pride for me and, I hope, a great service to you.

If you believe in the service we provide, or if you just want to make sure graduate students like me continue to receive their stipend checks, please follow this link and donate to the LINGUIST List:


Bryn Hauk
Calls & Conferences Editor
ELP/ELCat Team Member

LINGUIST List: A Global Community

Dear LINGUIST List Readers,

I am Lwin Moe, a programmer here at LINGUIST List. I am originally from Burma, also known as Myanmar. I came to work at LINGUIST List as an intern a few summers ago, and came back as a programmer after graduating from Indiana University. Before I tell you more about what I do at LINGUIST List, here is a link to donate if you will:

I am a co-administrator for LISTSERV software, where LINGUIST List is hosted. I also create tools and programs for LINGUIST List crews to do their day-to-day tasks for posting. Last year, we built data entry tools for the Endangered Languages Catalogue project. We exported the data to Endangered Languages Project website at I now maintain the website after LINGUIST List was tasked with updating it.

I was able to become a part of the LINGUIST List crew because of your support last year. I would like to take this opportunity to request a small donation from you to support what we do here. We would not be able to provide the linguistics community with the resources if it were not for your generous support. Here is the link to donate if you decide to do so:

Thank you,
Lwin Moe

The LINGUIST List Team Thanks Our Supporters in Poland!

Cześć! Here at LINGUIST List, we have a very multilingual crew, and today LL Associate Project Manager and MultiTree team leader Małgosia Ćavar writes to us in Polish, her native language. For our Polish subscribers out there, enjoy!

Drodzy koledzy,

wszyscy znają LINGUIST List, również w Polsce. Wiemy, że wielu Polaków korzysta z LINGUIST List. Co miesiąc nasze strony są otwierane 10-11 tysięcy razy z polskich domen. Wszyscy wiedzą, co LINGUIST List oferuje. Nasi użytkownicy szukają u nas informacji o konferencjach, letnich szkołach, ogłoszeń o pracy, nowych publikacji z językoznawsta, oraz recenzji książek. Dla przyszłych studentów mamy rejestry organizacji, szkół i programów z językoznawstwa. Dla organizatorów konferencji stworzyliśmy EasyReg, system do “obsługi” abstraktów konferencyjnych. Ask-A-Linguist jest źródłem informacji dla laików zainteresowanych językoznawstem. Nasz zespół pracuje też w projektach związanych z LINGUIST List – MultiTree, którego jestem managerem, LEGO, czy LL-Map. Nie wszyscy natomiast wiedzą, jak LINGUIST List funkcjonuje.

Jesteśmy organizacją non-profit, która nie ma oficjalnych sponsorów i żyje z datków użytkowników. Donacje na rzecz LINGUIST List przeznaczane są wyłącznie na czesne i minimalne pensje dla naszych studentów-redaktorów. Przez ponad 20 lat działalności międzynarodowa społeczność językoznawców korzystając z tego, co LINGUIST List oferuje, jednocześnie wsparła w ten sposób ponad 90 studentów językoznawstwa. W tym roku LINGUIST List po raz dwudziesty trzeci zbiera pieniądze na stypendia dla swoich redaktorów. Nawet małe donacje 5-10 dolarów mają dla nas znaczenie. W obecnej chwili jesteśmy jeszcze daleko od sumy, która zapewniłaby nam spokojne funkcjonowanie w najbliższych miesiącach. Do tego, żeby kontynuować normalną działalność potrzebujemy Waszego wsparcia.

Serdecznie dziękuję w imieniu całego zespołu LINGUIST List.

Małgosia Ćavar

LINGUIST List: Training Our Future Linguists

Dear Fellow Linguists,

My name is Justin Petro, and I am a Master’s student at Eastern Michigan University who has been working at LINGUIST List for the past three years. During this time I’ve had the privilege of getting to know many of our users through my work on the Publications and Web Development teams, as well as through the development of grant projects such as LEGO and RELISH. Even if we haven’t had the chance to become acquainted yet, I am certain that my work has most assuredly had an impact on you as a LINGUIST List user, and I’m very proud to be able to contribute to such a vital and important community of scholars.

In order to make sure that I and the rest of the crew here are able to continue providing the services that linguists like you depend on, we need your support. Donate today:

LINGUIST List is not only an important resource for scholars and students of all levels in the discipline, it is also a crucial training ground for students like myself. LINGUIST List has been directly responsible for my professional development in areas such as editing, correspondence, technology, and programming, in addition to providing tuition and financial assistance towards my Master’s degree in linguistics. This dedication to training the future experts in the field is perhaps the greatest contribution LINGUIST List has made to the discipline. I highly urge you to donate today and ensure that we can continue to work for you and for the linguistics community as a whole:

Gratefully yours,

Justin Petro
Publications Manager

LINGUIST List: An Invaluable Service and Resource

Dear Subscribers,

The LINGUIST List relies on the generous support of donors to stay up and running. Do your part now:

Why you should donate.

The LINGUIST List gives you awesome tools. For free. The LINGUIST List lets you know what’s going on in the discipline through its announcement service, including job & internship listings, book reviews, conference announcements, and paper publications. The LINGUIST List also helps you get your work done by offering services like Easy Registration for conference organization, and creating research tools like MultiTree, an interactive visualization of language relationships and subgroupings.

These free tools and resources help researchers, teachers, students, and the general public learn more about the nature and function of language.

The LINGUIST List funds students.

Donations go directly to the funding the linguistic students that keep the LINGUIST List up and running. These students maintain the database and website, organize and post thousands of announcements annually, and help create research tools in addition to their coursework to complete advanced degrees in linguistics (and anything else life throws them).

Why I’m asking you to donate.

I’m a former crew member and Managing Editor of The LINGUIST List. I’m currently a technical writer at Google, and I wouldn’t be doing it without what I learned at (and from) The LINGUIST List. My education and experience informs what I do everyday (notably fighting the good fight against the surprising number of prescriptivists I meet!).

Donate to support what the LINGUIST List does for all of us and to support the students that make it happen.

-Catherine Adams

LINGUIST List: A Service for Linguists, Brought to You by Linguists

Dear Colleagues,

My name is Malgosia Cavar. I am a linguist. I am one of you. I started reading grammar books for fun and pleasure at the age of 11, and – after shortly considering a career as a psychologist – I became a linguist, and since then I have been happy to convey the linguistic good news to the innocent out there. The LINGUIST List has been with me since my student years more than 10 years ago. The jobs I have applied for were announced over the LINGUIST List, and when I plan my conference schedule, I check the LINGUIST List database first. I can hardly function professionally without the LINGUIST List.

For the last two years I have another reason why I cannot imagine my professional life without the LINGUIST List. I have the honor to be a part of the Institute for Language Information and Technology (ILIT) at EMU, the home of the LINGUIST List, where since Fall 2012 I have run MultiTree, a sister project of the LINGUIST List, and participated in the operations of the LINGUIST List itself.

We work hard to provide the service you are used to, so that no linguist is left without the information about the conferences they want to attend, or the deadlines for abstracts they want to submit, the jobs they want to apply for, the books they might have overlooked, if not announced over the LINGUIST List. But we can offer more than that. This year we plan to bring to you a number of new services and innovative features that we in the LINGUIST’s office are all excited about – but we need your support.

We know you are there. We know that we have on average 200,000 unique visitors per month on our web pages. Many of you live outside of the United States, and especially for you, I want to stress again – the LINGUIST List is not state-funded, nor does it have official institutional sponsors apart from the Eastern Michigan University. Please make a donation. Even small donations will help significantly.

Malgosia Cavar

LINGUIST List: A Vehicle Towards A Life-Long Passion

Dear LINGUIST List Subscribers:

My name is Sara Couture, and I started as a Master’s student at Eastern Michigan University in the fall of 2013. I graduated with my B.A. in Linguistics from Wayne State University in August 2012. I worked as an intern for the LINGUIST List in the Summer of 2013 because I was interested in gaining practical experience in the field of Linguistics. When I was offered the chance to continue working at the LINGUIST List as a graduate assistant, I jumped at the opportunity, because the LINGUIST List is renowned for preparing linguists-in-training in exactly that–a career in Linguistics.

I chose Linguistics as my career because, for as long as I can remember, language and all its intricacies have been a passion of mine. I’ve wanted to unlock its mysteries, and the more I’ve delved into searching for answers to these mysteries, the more questions and puzzles I uncover. More than anything, I enjoy solving puzzles of all kinds, and language offers a very challenging puzzle to understand and solve. When I discovered Linguistics as a discipline while pursuing my undergraduate degree, I saw an opportunity to take my passion for language and make it my life’s work.

The main LINGUIST List project that I work on is MultiTree. I’ve been busy reading resources and adding language trees to our database, primarily Papuan and Austronesian languages, as well as searching for more resources to add to MultiTree. I was surprised by all the work that is required behind the scenes on MultiTree. I never expected how much painstaking and detailed work goes into making these trees for MultiTree until I started on the project at the LINGUIST List. It has made me appreciate the resource all the more, and also has given me a deeper insight into the world of scholarship. In addition to working on MultiTree, I also work on the LL-Map Project, as well as help with maintaining the LINGUIST List Blog and posting as the editor of Table of Contents (TOCs) on the Publications team.

The LINGUIST List is an important resource and service to the linguistic community. To keep us running, we need your support. Your donations will make it possible for us to continue to serve you, as well as help to promote studies in Linguistics.

Please donate today:

Sara Couture

The Heart of LINGUIST List Is Its People

Dear LINGUIST List Readers,

We all know that behind everything in the world stands people. Everything in the world was once created by someone: the phone that you have in your pocket, the TV that you watch every day, your favorite website that you go to for the information you need. All that was created by people, and all that was once just someone’s idea, the idea that someone thought could one day grow into something big.

So was the LINGUIST List. And now it is the world’s largest online source for the academic field of linguistics. But we don’t want to stop at this point. We have many ideas on how to improve our site and make it even better and more convenient for the linguists of the world. I know that this is true, because I am one of the LINGUIST Listers. Let me tell you a little bit more about myself and how I encountered the LINGUIST List for the first time.

My name is Uliana, I come from Russia and I joined the LINGUIST List as a Graduate Assistant in September of 2012.

I visited the LINGUIST List in the fall of 2011 during my summer trip to the USA. I got the chance to see how the LINGUIST List works from the inside and meet the people that post linguistics jobs, build language trees for MultiTree, create digital language maps for LL-MAP, work on lexicons for LEGO. I was introduced to the projects, their developers and participants. Never will I forget the first impression that I got about the LINGUIST List: it was about the people. I met a group of highly-motivated professors and students who strive to contribute to the word of linguistics, people who are ready to share their knowledge with the world and learn.

And later on I got the opportunity to join this unique team and become one of the LINGUIST Listers. So right now I work for several projects such as MultiTree, the Endangered Languages Catalogue, and LL-MAP, I also post Job Announcements in the Job area of the site.

I have been on the LINGUIST List team for over a year and let me tell you something, it was one of the best years of my life! I don’t remember a single day when I didn’t learn something new in the LINGUIST List. I’m surrounded by the most enthusiastic and devoted people; each and every one of them is smart, intelligent and creative. It is a real team – a team of people that work really hard together to contribute every day to the development of the site and its services with their great ideas, suggestions and work performance. But what matters most is that together with you and other LINGUIST List readers we create a colossal linguistics society where we can search or post jobs, conferences and linguistics events; we can inquire about endangered languages of the word, compare languages and language families on MultiTree and then check those on LL-MAP and more.

And we can do all that and will be able to do even more because the LINGUIST List is moving along with the rest of the world and we are working hard to implement new technologies into our services. But we do need your support to make them available for you and every other linguist.

So, I’m asking you today, please donate. Your donation will help us to improve the LINGUIST List and its services for you and your convenience. And it doesn’t matter if what you can donate today is just $5. What matters is that we all are linguists and we all live our academic or non-academic linguistics world. So donating to the LINGUIST List you will contribute to the development of the linguistics society of the world and help make it better.

Thank you for supporting the LINGUIST List!

With sincere gratitude,

Uliana Kazagashea

LINGUIST List: Fostering Collaboration and Academics

Dear Subscribers,

My name is Alex Isotalo and I was born and raised in Southeastern Michigan. During my undergraduate experience at Eastern Michigan University, I was surrounded by bright and talented students who echoed tales of “The Linguist List.” There seemed to be a congregation of the most ambitious students of linguistics residing in one place on campus. When I finally visited ILIT in the Cooper building on campus, there was a tangible kindness in the air, and I realized why so many students had fluently praised this wonderful organization.

After a rigorous final semester and an honors achievement from the English department alongside the esteemed Brent Woo, I was invited to the M.A. program in Linguistics as a graduate assistant for Fall 2013 here at EMU. With great honor and excitement, I accepted an internship at ILIT for the summer of 2013 and finally have a chance to establish my own presence to The LINGUIST List. Without the generous funding from our supporters, none of this would be possible for me.

I am currently an editor of Ask-a-Linguist, Queries, Summaries, Discussions and Notice Board for The LINGUIST List website, and a team leader of LL-MAP. I absolutely love working with my colleagues, and couldn’t imagine an alternative that would be more fruitful for my academic career. This non-profit organization depends greatly on the kind contributions from our dedicated subscribers, and without you, The LINGUIST List would cease to exist. Please support our long-established services and donate.

You can donate here by following this link:

Sincere Thanks,
Alex Isotalo

LINGUIST List Needs Your Help!

Dear Colleagues,

After two years of service since the last fund drive in 2012, and many new developments, The LINGUIST List is asking for your help again.

During only the last two years we have posted more than 10,000 issues. We have more than 25,000 subscribers to the list. Per MONTH more than 200,000 individual visitors read your posts on the LINGUIST List page. In the year 2013 the LINGUIST List website had more than 1,200,000 unique visitors and more than 5,000,000 visits. More than 100 million hits per year have reached our servers, and almost 6 TB of content have been sent out to the world. All job advertisements, book announcements or reviews have been disseminated via Twitter. News and information has been made available on the LINGUIST blog and social media like Facebook or Google+. This was an exciting time, and we are looking forward to provide you with more opportunities and ways to find out about conferences, internships, jobs, or new publications.

As you all know, the last LINGUIST fund drive was in 2012. Fund Drive 2014 is finally coming up.

We are asking you for your help. The LINGUIST List is a community funded organization. It is made possible by your donations and support. Your donations support directly the student editors who make sure that your postings are send out in time and published on the web. The LINGUIST List does not receive any state or government support, it is made possible by volunteers, supporting publishers, paid job advertisements, and in particular your generous donations and the numerous student editors. You make The LINGUIST List possible.

Please join us on a new journey around the globe in the next weeks. The TraveLing pages are up. We hope that you will enjoy the trip, and please do support LINGUIST List.

The LINGUIST team has prepared the web pages that will enable your TraveLing at the following URL:

New information and pages might emerge there during the fund drive, many surprises can be expected. The LINGUIST team has prepared some exciting stuff. Please stay tuned.

Let me point out some new features: We provide a new additional PayPal donation interface on the fund drive page. This method allows you to donate directly to the eLinguistics Foundation (an American 501(c)(3) non-profit organization) that is set up to support the LINGUIST List student editors.

Thank you for your help and support.

Best Wishes,