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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:

The LINGUIST List
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.

 

Sincerely

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!

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

Making the Most of LINGUIST: Additional and Special Interest Resources

Some LINGUIST resources aren’t so easy to classify. In this last letter, we’ve grouped some of the lesser-known features that may be of interest to you.

LINGUIST has established a presence on a variety of social networking sites. Connect with us by clicking the links below:

Various linguistic resources can only be found on the World Wide Web. Luckily, LINGUIST has an area for that!

  • Web Resources/Software: This area of the LINGUIST List contains links to websites and software devoted to natural and constructed languages, to writing systems, and to language resources on the web (such as dictionaries).
  • FYI: As mentioned in our previous letter, the FYI area contains information that doesn’t neatly fit into any single LINGUIST posting topic, such as calls for book chapters, award recipient announcements, new journal editor announcements, scholarship announcements, etc.
  • Discussion: The Discussion area is one of LINGUIST’s best kept secrets (but we’d like it to be not-so-secret). Discussions posted on the LINGUIST site have spawned many publications, collaborations, and thought-provoking linguistic observations and ponderings. Join the discussion!
  • Mailing Lists: There are a number of mailing lists linked in here that are related to different facets of linguistics and language.

LINGUIST’s projects also cater to various linguistic interests.

  • Tutorials: These tutorials were designed by programmers to help train linguistics students for work at LINGUIST. They’re very helpful introductions (or, for some of you, refreshers) for the technical work linguists engage in.
  • Linguistic Blogs: Here you can see what linguists on the web have to say about language:
  • Learning Languages Other than English: These resources will help you find language learning resources.
  • English Language Learning (EFL/ESL): LINGUIST also contains a variety of resources for learning English.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this Making the Most of LINGUIST letter series! As always, if you have any questions about the services LINGUIST offers its readers and subscribers, don’t hesitate to ask.

Today’s Prize is Up to Spec(Gram)! Donate to Win!

Dear LINGUIST List Readers,

Today we’re proud to offer a prize from the first, foremost, and possibly only publisher of satirical linguistics: Speculative Grammarian! If you donate before 11:59 p.m. today, you could be one of 5 lucky winners to walk away with a SpecGram prize package, which includes a copy of The Speculative Grammarian Essential Guide to Linguistics, as well as a SpecGram magnet or poster!

You can read the description for this must have volume at the URL below (and if you happen to pay money for a book you may win for free anyway while you’re there, I’m sure the good folks at SpecGram won’t complain):

http://specgram.com/SGEGL/

Remember, to win, you need to donate today!

http://linguistlist.org/donation/

And don’t forget, LINGUIST List also has many great premiums we’d love to send you if you donate $35 or more!

http://linguistlist.org/fund-drive/2014/premiums.php

Good luck!

The LINGUIST List Crew

New Evidence for Neanderthal Language Announced

YPSILANTI, Michigan – The controversy over whether Neanderthals possessed a capacity for language may have been resolved. After years of speculation by evolutionary anthropologists and geneticists, a group of linguists has announced today that they have uncovered written evidence proving the Neanderthal capacity for language.

“Neanderthal man was able to express his ideas about the world around him, but was restricted by his limited syntax,” Professor Schmaltz explained at today’s press conference. “Whereas modern man combines words hierarchically into structure, the Neanderthal could only concatenate them linearly.”

It seems that Neanderthals had a single syllable oog, which, when repeated, formed different words. oog has been translated as ‘Oog’ a proper name, oog.oog meant ‘two people named Oog,’ oog.oog.oog meant ‘emotionally distant – like a teenager anxious to move out of his parents’ cave’ and so on.

Schmaltz’ team was able to identify and translate two texts left by Neanderthals. The first, a recent discovery in Spain, is a fragment of a teenager’s diary. It reads oog.oog.oog and has been translated as ‘[Dear diary, I feel] emotionally distant. [I wish I had my own cave]’.

‘[Dear diary, I feel] emotionally distant. [I wish I had my own cave]’

oog.oog.oog

The second text is either an exhaustive history of the region or simply the Neanderthal word for ‘antelope’, oog.oog.oog.oog.oog.oog.oog.oog.oog.oog.oog.oog.oog.oog…

 

oog.oog.oog.oog.oog.oog.oog.oog.oog.oog.oog.oog.oog.oog…

oog.oog.oog.oog.oog.oog.oog.oog.oog.oog.oog.oog.oog.oog…

 

These findings suggest Neanderthals were just as culturally sophisticated as modern humans, but totally lacked an efficient method of communication. It has long been known that while Homo Sapiens’ culture developed rapidly, Neanderthals stagnated over thousands of years. Schmaltz hypothesizes that innovations simply would have taken too long to explain, as new words would have to be even longer chains of oog’s.

Schmaltz went on to speculate that the high-five traces its origins back to a borrowing from Proto-Neanderthal. “With each hand representing the name ‘Oog,’ slapping them together must have been used as a greeting. It truly was the original instant message.”

 

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

Week 3 of Routledge’s Prize Giveaway! Donate Now!

Dear LINGUIST List Readers,

It’s a new week, which means we have another Routledge giveaway to announce! 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:

http://www.routledge.com/u/FundDrive14

But remember, you’re only eligible to win if you donate!

http://linguistlist.org/donation/

Want to make sure you walk away with some swag? The donate $35 or more to receive the premium of your choice!

http://linguistlist.org/fund-drive/2014/premiums.php

As always, good luck!

The LINGUIST List Crew

Making the Most of LINGUIST: Resources for Institutions, Conference Organizers, and Employers

As an active and esteemed member in your linguistics program or institution, you may wish to announce opportunities for enrollment and financial support for students, or you may wish to organize a conference. You may even wish to begin the hiring process to recruit a new faculty member. LINGUIST can help you save some time and effort in doing all of these things!

  • Programs and Institutions: If your school has not already been listed in our Institutions, registering in our Programs and Institutions area is an important step. People can align themselves to your institution, you can add degree and research programs relevant to linguistics, and people can name you as their host institution for their research and dissertations.
  • FYI: Submit your message here to announce a new program or a scholarship your school has to offer students.
  • Support: If you have fellowships or research assistantships available to support students through their degree, submit this information as a Support.

Is your organization or institution hosting a conference? LINGUIST has several services designed specifically with conference organization in mind.

  • Conferences: Announce your conference’s meeting description, call for papers, program and registration information.
  • Summer Schools: Announce your summer (or other time of the year) school session. No more confusion as to where summer schools (or specialized schools) should be classified.
  • EasyAbs: You can you this to organize your entire abstract submission and review process… for free!

If you’re looking for professional linguists for your Institution or Project, check out

Jobs: Submit a position to our concentrated readership of professional linguists. This announcement will remain active for 6 months, or until your position is filled.

Be sure to read our next letter in this series on special interest resources (such as social media, discussions, blogs, etc.)!

LINGUIST: A Stepping-Stone for Students

Dear LINGUIST LIST Subscribers,

My name is Danuta Allen and I am an undergraduate student of Linguistics at Eastern Michigan University. I have only begun working for the LINGUIST List, and I am truly grateful for being offered this experience. I am very excited to learn every day something new and valuable about the projects the LL Staff and Volunteers have been developing and maintaining here, that I would never otherwise learn about by merely taking my linguistics courses at EMU. I love my major and consider working for the LINGUIST List to be a wonderful and significant stepping-stone for my future career as a linguist. Without your financial support, students like me would not be given this amazing opportunity.

The LINGUIST List plays an important role for the linguistic community as it continues to support several graduate students through their higher education, allowing them to pursue a degree in linguistics. Without your donations, it would not be possible. Please, remember the long-term contributions the LINGUIST List makes to the field of linguistics through the training it offers to the students. The linguistic disciplines will someday benefit from the knowledge and experience students will offer as full-fledged professional linguists.

Please, consider donating to the LINGUIST List. Make it your opportunity to contribute to the field of linguistics by supporting future linguists like me in gaining such valuable professional experience. This is an opportunity that only becomes available once a year, so don’t miss it! You can donate via this link:

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

Sincerely,
Danuta Allen