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

Sincerely,
Sara Couture
The LINGUIST List