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LINGUIST List updated the list-server

Dear LINGUIST List subscribers,

LINGUIST List uses as list server software a system called Mailman.  You can read about Mailman on its main homepage.

Having received a number of questions about the list server, we have decided to put this brief overview together.

Our Lists

As you may know, in addition to LINGUIST and LINGLITE, we host and mirror a number of mailing lists.  You can view the list of all lists at the underlying link here.

The two lists that LINGUIST List maintains are:

    • sends out an email every time one of our editors approves a posting that was submitted to LINGUIST List from its users
    • it can be configured for every individual subscriber account to deliver a daily digest with the full email content
    • sends out one daily email with a list of issue titles and links to the full issues on the LINGUIST List website


To subscribe to one of these two lists, click ‘Subscribe‘ at the bottom of the left menu bar on the LINGUIST List homepage.  Select the list that you want to subscribe to on the subscription webpage.  This will take you to the subscription page for the list of either LINGUIST or LINGLITE.  To subscribe, fill out the ‘Subscribing to [list name]’ section.  Note that unlike our former software for mailing lists, Mailman requires subscriptions to have a password associated with them.

Accessing Your Subscription

In Mailman you can access your subscription settings yourself and change various options online.  You are fully in control of your subscriptions.  You can pause them, unsubscribe and alter settings like daily digest or full email delivery mode.  If you open the subscription page (LINGUIST or LINGLITE) you can click on ‘Unsubscribe or edit options‘ at the bottom of the page, which will take you to a new configuration page.

If you know your password for the list server and your particular subscription, put in your email and the password in the interface and click ‘login‘ to get to the account management page.

If you do not know your password, simply enter your email address and click on ‘Remind‘.  If you are subscribed with this email address, you will receive a password in your email inbox immediately.  If you do not receive any feedback from the list server in reasonable time, it might be that you are subscribed with a different email address.  See below in the next section for instructions how to identify the email address with which you subscribed to the list.

The settings for your account for the LINGUIST list offer different options: we are often asked about the Digest Mode and the Topic Filters.  When Digest Mode is set to On, subscribers receive one email a day containing the full text of every email that was sent out over LINGUIST.  When Digest Mode is set to Off, subscribers receive each email separately as they are sent out over LINGUIST.  Every message LINGUIST sends out is tagged by its topic area (jobs, calls for papers, books, etc.).  If you prefer only to receive messages from certain areas, just select those areas under ‘Which topic categories would you like to subscribe to?‘.


To unsubscribe, go to the LINGUIST List subscription page, select the list from which you intend to unsubscribe to get to the list subscription and management page.  At the bottom of the page click on the button ‘Unsubscribe or edit options‘.  In the new form type your email address in the field on top of the form.  You do not need to provide a password.  Simply click on ‘Unsubscribe‘ and check your inbox for a confirmation mail from the list server.  Confirm your subscription by either clicking on the provided confirmation link, or by following the alternative confirmation instructions in the email.

If you do not get a confirmation mail in reasonable time, it might be that

  • the confirmation email ended up in your spam mail folder, or that
  • you provided the wrong email address for unsubscription

This could be either due to a typo, or you might be using an alias of the real email address at the institution that provides you the email service.  It might be the case that you have moved from one institution or domain to another.  You email might be forwarded to the new address that you use now.

If you do not remember the email address with which you subscribed to the list, you should look at the detailed email header of one of the mails that you received from the LINGUIST List server.  Your email software should provide a function to display the detailed header for an email.  Most email software will provide a menu entry in the main menu or in the right-click context menu for this function.  In common email software like Outlook, Apple Mail, or Thunderbird you will find menu entries or options on right-click to display the full email header.  The email header should contain the full list of the path that the email took through the internet, as well as various other fields.  The most important field for your analysis will be the ‘To:‘-field.  This might be another email address that gets forwarded to your current email address, or it could be an alias of the email address that you currently use.

Use this specific email to submit an unsubscribe request in the above described way.

As long as you are receiving emails from the list server, you should be able to identify the email address from the header.  If you cannot identify the initial recipient address, consider consulting your local IT-personnel or a colleague or friend.  You might even have an option to save an email as a text file on your computer and open it up in a text editor to see the detailed email header.

There are various online instructions for different email client software to display full email headers:

You will find many more information sources by searching online.

Frequently Asked Questions

‘I can’t find my subscription.’ / ‘I unsubscribed and I am still receiving emails.’

More often than not, the email one thinks is subscribed to a mailing list isn’t.  If your subscription has been active a long time, it’s possible that your subscription is actually under a different email address that forwards to your current address.  This is especially problematic for academic email addresses where the domain is likely to change over the years (e.g. @linguistics.school.edu becoming @school.ling.edu).

In order to identify the email address with which you are subscribed, you need to display the full email header of an email that you received from the mailing list.

See the section Unsubscribing above for more details and solutions related to problems with the unsubscribe process.

‘I’m not receiving any emails.’

First things first, make sure your emails are going to your spam folder (especially if you use Yahoo!).  If LINGUIST emails are being tagged as spam, be sure to remove them from from your spam folder so your email client learns that they are not spam.  If this doesn’t solve the problem, try adding us to your contacts.

‘I have been unsubscribed due to excessive bounces.’

This seems to be an issue with some Yahoo domains, but in particular with services that make use of the Trend Micro spam filter on their mail servers.  The list server is configured to automatically unsubscribe or stop mailing to accounts that bounce too many times the LINGUIST List emails (LINGUIST and LINGLITE, but also other lists that we host).  This is crucial to avoid unnecessary internet data traffic and also unnecessary data transmission costs to closed accounts or non-responsive servers.  New configurations of some Yahoo email servers seem to cause problems to many mailing lists, even ours.  Our list server has been configured to fully comply with the Yahoo requirements and specifications.  If you are unsubscribed automatically, you will receive an email about that.  Either follow the instructions to subscribe again, or consider changing the email service provider to avoid future automatic unsubscriptions.

If your IT-service (some Universities are affected) is a customer of Trend Micro (your IT-team will know), they should urge them to remove the LINGUIST List listserv from their “Bad” list.  Their filters list our list server as “Bad” (status Jan. and Feb. 2015), as you can see here.  We tried many times to communicate with them to remove our server from this list, unfortunately without success, not even with a single response to our request.  They are the only service that lists our server as spam or bad.  IT-services that make use of their technology will bounce emails from LINGUIST or LINGLITE and the subscribers will be automatically removed from the subscription list after a certain number of bounces.  If this happens to you, contact your IT-team at your institution and inform them about the situation.  Activate your account again with the list (by following the instructions in the unsubscribe email notification, or by simply resubscribing again) and consider changing the email service provider, if you get unsubscribed again.  We do not seem to have issues with any of the free or commercial providers in general (e.g. Gmail, Yahoo at yahoo.com, hotmail.com etc.).

If you have problems with the described processes or any additional question or issue, feel free to contact us.

Your LINGUIST List Team

Updates and new site

Dear LINGUIST readers,

the Linguist List site has been transferred to a new server and background technology. The entire software base of the site has changed, from the server operating system, the web server itself, and background data storage, all is wrapped and dressed now in new bits and bytes, running on up-to-date hardware, connected with high bandwidth.

The main goal for us – justifying the investment in such a challenging migration – was to improve the user experience, the stability and robustness of the service, and the future maintenance processes. The current state brings immediate advantages to you and the entire development, management, and editing team at LINGUIST.

As you can imagine, the site had to be rewritten, reconfigured, and to a great extend reprogrammed from scratch. This is always a source of errors and bugs, even though we perform a deep quality control processes constantly. We may, and surely do miss serious flaws and issues with browsers and systems that we did not recognize earlier. Thus, if you encounter issues with the site, please do let us know about those. We are working intensively to remove and minimize the number of bugs and improve the user experience. After the complete migration to the new server, we are now facing many small problems and issues with the site and code. Some of our readers already pointed out problems. Thank you all for that! We really appreciate your help and all hints about pages or tools that are not working correctly. Thank you all for your time and effort to help the entire linguistic community and us to improve the website and mailing services of LINGUIST.

You can mail us your comments, suggestions, questions, requests, and error reports to linguist, errors, damir, malgosia, lwin or the other editors at linguistlist.org.

Thank you for your support!

Malgosia and Damir

Server maintenance and system downtime August 2014

Dear friends, colleagues, and LINGUIST List subscribers,

the LINGUIST List website will be switched off for an hour to two at least once, maybe even twice, between the 5th and 7th of August 2014. The mailing list will not be affected by this, neither will the various blog sites and other information services (e.g. our social media pages or the RSS feed).

During the down-time we will migrate most of the pages to a new service. We would appreciate, if you let us know of any problems with the website after the 7th of August 2014. The site has been migrated to a new server platform, new operating systems, and a completely new software environment. The services of The LINGUIST List will not only be much more reliable and responsive after the switch, they will also be extended with new features during the next weeks. We hope that the new technological environment will significantly improve the user experience with the LINGUIST List pages and services.

There might be issues with existing applications and function that we missed during our quality control procedures. We might oversee some bugs and problems with new functions in the next weeks. Please help us correcting any issues or problems. Let us know of any errors by mailing to linguist or error, or the moderators directly at linguistlist.org. Your help, suggestions, ideas, and comments are always welcome!

Thanks for your understanding and support!

Malgosia and Damir


Fund Drive 2014- The Results Are In!


Fund Drive 2014 Results

Hi Everyone!

The Fund Drive 2014 is OVER! Thank you so much to everyone for another successful year! We stopped this year before reaching our goal because the end of the Fund Drive coincided with the beginnings of the move of LINGUIST List from EMU to Indiana University. Though the Fund Drive is over donations are welcome at any time and can be contributed here.

This year we received AMAZING support from linguistic communities all over the world. Notable among these were Russia making the Top 5 in the Countries Challenge and University of Washington, who unseated the long-reigning champion in the University Challenge, Stanford University! Want to be the winner in your Challenge category? Look for the Fund Drive 2015 notifications!

Here are the results from all of Fund Drive 2014 Challenges:

University Challenge: University of Washington; winner of Fund-Drive 2014 University Challenge
Runner Ups: 2nd place Stanford University; 3rd place University of California, Santa Barbara

Subfield Challenge: Syntax
Runner Ups: 2nd place Computational Linguistics; 3rd place Sociolinguistics

Company Challenge: Google
Runner Ups: 2nd place ABBYY; 3rd place Center for Text Technology (CTexT)

Country Challenge Top 10:

  1. USA
  2. Germany
  3. Canada
  4. Russia
  5. United Kingdom
  6. Switzerland
  7. Spain
  8. Netherlands
  9. Belgium
  10. South Africa

Again, thank you so much for your contributions and support!

OT  Faithfully Yours,

          The LINGUIST List

Changes at LINGUIST List

Dear linguists,

We have some news to announce.

The LINGUIST List is moving.

This will not affect the website or mailing lists. The postal address is changing, as well as our phone and fax numbers.

The new fax and phone numbers are active:

phone: +1 812 391-3602
fax: +1 888 908-2629

The phone-line now provides a voice mailbox. You can leave us a message outside of common office hours (8 AM to 6 PM, Eastern Time). You can also text us to this number.

The new mailing address is from end of June 2014 only:

Department of Linguistics
Indiana University
Memorial Hall 322
1021 E. 3rd Street
Bloomington, IN 47405-7005
United States

You can send all LINGUIST List related mail to this new address already now. From June on you should only use this new address.

Please update your address books.

The LINGUIST List has also a second moderator. Malgorzata E. Cavar is serving LINGUIST for a while now and has been nominated as a new co-moderator by the board of the eLinguistics Foundation end of May 2014.



The LINGUIST List Team!

Step right up and donate for your chance to win from Wiley Publishing!

Hello Readers!

Thanks to the recent donation from Wiley Publishing, we are able to give away not one, not two, but THREE books!

  1. Bhatia and Ritchie / The Handbook of Bilingualism and Multilingualism, hardback, published Dec 2012 (was just honored as a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title!) 
  2. Sidnell / The Handbook of Conversation Analysis, pub Nov 2012 (bestselling reference work)
  3. The Handbook of Chinese Linguistics, JUST PUBLISHED, April 2014 

We will randomly choose a name from donations that we receive from today through 11:59 PM EST on Wednesday (April 30, 2014). Make sure to DONATE TODAY and show your support for both your university and your favorite linguistic field by associating your donations!

Today’s Prize: You Pick the Book!

Dear LINGUIST List Readers,

Have we got a deal for you! Today’s Fund Drive Prize is sponsored by Multilingual Matters, and believe me, you don’t want to pass this up! If you donate before 11:59 p.m. today, you could be one of six people who win the Multilingual Matters book of your choice! You read that right: you get to pick the book!


If there’s any title you’ve had your eye on for a while, you better donate today!


And you always get to pick which Fund Drive premium you would like to receive if you donate $35 or more!


Good luck!

-The LINGUIST List Crew

The 2014 Fund Drive HOGTION is underway!



We are pleased as pork pie to kick off our first ever LINGUIST List HOGTION! Join the to battle to save our most coveted and loyal office companions – the piggies! The array of cuteness, absurdity, ugliness and novelty is vast, but the cause is singular — support. What better way to show your appreciation to  all of the helpful and informative staff here at LINGUIST List than to make these little piggies fly! With a bit of luck, charm and generosity, you could take home some of this unique LL memorabilia.

Let’s meet our piglets

Although these quirky artifacts lack inherent monetary value, they are stuffed with the rich and playful history of the LINGUIST List! 100% of donations go towards our 2014 Fund Drive, which is funneled directly back into services that keep LL a global linguistic outreach.

By owning a piece of LL history, you can be reminded everyday that big changes start with small little pig things.

Donate today!

Donate Today and You Could Be This Week’s Winner!

Dear LINGUIST List Readers,

We’re just itching to kick off this week’s Routledge Giveaway, so let’s get straight to it!

Anyone who donates this week is eligible to win either the title of their choice from Routledge’s Handbooks in Applied Linguistics series, or a one year subscription to their preferred Linguistics journal! For more details, please visit the link below:


Remember, the only way to be eligible is to donate!


And don’t forget that if you donate $35 or more, you’re guaranteed the Fund Drive premium of your choice!


Good luck!

The LINGUIST List Crew

Win a Free Subscription to Language Dynamics and Change! Donate Today!

Dear LINGUIST List Readers,

Today we’re excited to announce our latest Fund Drive Drawing, generously donated to us by Brill: if you donate today before 11:59 p.m., you could be the lucky winner of a year’s subscription to the journal Language Dynamics and Change!


This exciting publication, which is normally $85, could be yours for as little as a $5 donation! But remember, you have to donate today to be eligible!


And while we can’t guarantee you’ll be the winner, but if you donate $35 or more, we can guarantee you’ll get to pick the Fund Drive Premium of your choice!


Good luck!

The LINGUIST List Crew