Find Out How to Win a One-Year Subscription to the Journal of Language Contact from Brill

Dear LINGUIST List Readers:

For our latest Fund Drive Drawing today, Brill is giving away three one-year online subscriptions to the Journal of Language Contact.  You can read about the journal here:

http://goo.gl/dFGXDW

This subscription, normally valued at $100, could be yours for as little as a $50 donation!  If you donate before midnight tomorrow (April 23, 11:59 p.m. EST), three of you could be the lucky winners. You can do so by following the link below:

http://goo.gl/e656LG

Thanks and good luck!

Linguistically yours,

The LINGUIST List Crew

Reminder: Send Us Your New LINGUIST Logo and Check Out Some of Our Favorite Submissions!

Hello Linguist List Subscribers and Friends (and Graphic Designers!),

This month we started a brand new contest: Design a New LINGUIST List Logo! We are looking for a new logo for our website—one that is modern, cool, and captures the essences of LINGUIST List. LINGUIST List is operated by and used by linguists, so why not have a linguist design our new logo?

To see the history of LINGUIST List’s logos, please refer to our previous blog post: http://blog.linguistlist.org/uncategorized/ethos-pathos-logos/

It’s time for a change. We have extended our deadline and are calling all of our graphic design savvy subscribers out to help us with this task! If you are interested in design and looking to get your name out there, and want to help us out, please read our terms and conditions and enter the contest! We have more than 25,000 mailing list subscribers, more than 27,000 social media followers in the world, and more than 1.5 million unique visitors on the website per year. That’s a lot of people viewing your art work!

Please send any logos you’ve designed to funddrive@linguistlist.org in svg format.

Please check out just a few of the submission we’ve already received by some very talented linguists:

Submitted by  Laura Longworth

Submitted by Laura Longworth

Submitted by Leena Alhudaif

Submitted by Leena Alhudaif

Submitted by Lea Schäfer

Submitted by Lea Schäfer

Submitted by  Aubrey Nunes

Submitted by Aubrey Nunes

Submitted by Stefan Schäfer

Submitted by Stefan Schäfer

Submitted by Lea Schäfer

Submitted by Lea Schäfer

Submitted by Lukas Sönning

Submitted by Lukas Sönning

Submitted by Lea Schäfer

Submitted by Lea Schäfer

Submitted by Francesco Screti

Submitted by Francesco Screti

Submitted by Christine Poteau

Submitted by Christine Poteau

Submitted by Heeyoung Ahn

Submitted by Heeyoung Ahn

Submitted by Laura Longworth

Submitted by Laura Longworth

Submitted by  Lea Schäfer

Submitted by Lea Schäfer

Submitted by Alice Mitchell

Submitted by Alice Mitchell

Submitted by Tamara Stojanovic

Submitted by Tamara Stojanovic

Submitted by Lea Schäfer

Submitted by Lea Schäfer

How cool are these new logo ideas? Please send your logo submissions to funddrive@linguistlist.org. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Remember, as always, LINGUIST List is a free and openly available resource dedicated to providing the best service possible for all fields of linguistics. Please support the LINGUIST List Fund Drive 2015 with a contribution:

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

Sincerely,

Your LINGUIST List Team

________________

Terms and Conditions

  1. This competition consists in a contest to design a logo for LINGUIST List. It is open to everyone.
  2. To enter the competition, design a logo to be used on the LINGUIST List website. Design an image which you think incorporates the essence of LINGUIST List. Email your design in svg format to funddrive@linguistlist.org.
  3. All photos, drawings, text, and any other content or information submitted by you to LINGUIST List shall become the sole and exclusive property of LINGUIST List, and LINGUIST List shall have no obligation to preserve or return content to you. If you are selected as the winner, you are allowing LINGUIST List to use your design for free and for any purpose.
  4. We will acknowledge the winner on our web site by mentioning their name and affiliation if requested. No monetary compensation is foreseen.
  5. We reserve the right not to select a winner, and not to use any provided logos.
  6. Entries must be entirely your own original work and must not breach any copyright or third party rights. LINGUIST List will not be made partially or fully liable for any non-original work submitted by you. All entries must be suitable for publication on the LINGUIST List website and public viewing. The design must not include any defamatory, offensive or unlawful content.
  7. Entrants will be deemed to have accepted these rules and to agree to be bound by them when entering this competition.
  8. This competition is administered by LINGUIST List.

Get a Chance to Win “Sounds Interesting” from Cambridge University Press: Donate Today!

Dear LINGUIST List Readers,

For our Fund Drive raffle today, Cambridge University Press is donating two copies of J.C. Wells’ Sounds Interesting: Observations on English and General Phonetics. Read the book summary here:

http://goo.gl/jJSyAt

Donate before midnight tomorrow (April 16, 11:59 pm EST), and two of you could be the lucky winners! You can donate by following the link below:

http://goo.gl/e656LG

Please be sure to spread the word about our Fund Drive – like, share, retweet. We appreciate all of your support!

Thanks and good luck!

Linguistically yours,
The LINGUIST List Crew

Win a One-Year Subscription to Morgan and Claypool’s Entire Digital Library!

Dear LINGUIST List Readers,

For today’s Fund Drive raffle, we are giving a one-year subscription to Morgan and Claypool’s entire online digital library, which includes the Synthesis Digital Library of Engineering and Computer Science.  You can browse Morgan and Claypool’s collection here:

http://goo.gl/K1VyV8

If you donate before midnight tomorrow (April 18, 11:59 p.m. EST), this great resource for computational linguists, valued at $99, could be yours for as little as a $50 USD donation!  To donate, go to the following link:

http://goo.gl/e656LG

Please spread the word about our Fund Drive.  You can do this either by good old word of mouth, or you can like, share and retweet our Fund Drive announcements on social media

Thanks and good luck!

Sincerely,

The LINGUIST List Crew

Last Call: Submit Your Brand New Logo Design for LINGUIST List!

Hello Linguist List Subscribers and Friends (and Graphic Designers!),

This month we started a brand new contest: Design a New LINGUIST List Logo! We are looking for a new logo for our website—one that is modern, cool, and captures the essences of LINGUIST List. LINGUIST List is operated by and used by linguists, so why not have a linguist design our new logo?

To see the history of LINGUIST List’s logos, please refer to our previous blog post: http://blog.linguistlist.org/uncategorized/ethos-pathos-logos/

It’s time for a change. We are calling all of our graphic design savvy subscribers out to help us with this task! If you are interested in design and looking to get your name out there, and want to help us out, please read our terms and conditions and enter the contest! We have more than 25,000 mailing list subscribers, more than 27,000 social media followers in the world, and more than 1.5 million unique visitors on the website per year. That’s a lot of people viewing your art work!

Please send any logos you’ve designed to funddrive@linguistlist.org in svg format.

Please check out a few of the submission we’ve already received by some very talented linguists:

Submitted by Lea Schäfer

Submitted by Lea Schäfer

Submitted by Alice Mitchell

Submitted by Alice Mitchell

Submitted by  Aubrey Nunes

Submitted by Aubrey Nunes

Submitted by Lea Schäfer

Submitted by Lea Schäfer

Submitted by Francesco Screti

Submitted by Francesco Screti

Submitted by Tamara Stojanovic

Submitted by Tamara Stojanovic

Submitted by Aubrey Nunes

Submitted by Aubrey Nunes

Submitted by Lea Schäfer

Submitted by Lea Schäfer

How cool are these new logo ideas? We are going to go to a vote soon, but before we do, we want to put out ONE FINAL CALL for submissions! Please send your logo submissions to funddrive@linguistlist.org. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Remember, as always, LINGUIST List is a free and openly available resource dedicated to providing the best service possible for all fields of linguistics. Please support the LINGUIST List Fund Drive 2015 with a contribution:

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

Sincerely,

Your LINGUIST List Team

________________

Terms and Conditions

  1. This competition consists in a contest to design a logo for LINGUIST List. It is open to everyone.
  2. To enter the competition, design a logo to be used on the LINGUIST List website. Design an image which you think incorporates the essence of LINGUIST List. Email your design in svg format to funddrive@linguistlist.org.
  3. All photos, drawings, text, and any other content or information submitted by you to LINGUIST List shall become the sole and exclusive property of LINGUIST List, and LINGUIST List shall have no obligation to preserve or return content to you. If you are selected as the winner, you are allowing LINGUIST List to use your design for free and for any purpose.
  4. We will acknowledge the winner on our web site by mentioning their name and affiliation if requested. No monetary compensation is foreseen.
  5. We reserve the right not to select a winner, and not to use any provided logos.
  6. Entries must be entirely your own original work and must not breach any copyright or third party rights. LINGUIST List will not be made partially or fully liable for any non-original work submitted by you. All entries must be suitable for publication on the LINGUIST List website and public viewing. The design must not include any defamatory, offensive or unlawful content.
  7. Entrants will be deemed to have accepted these rules and to agree to be bound by them when entering this competition.
  8. This competition is administered by LINGUIST List.

Lang Doc; Socioling: Donate to Win a Copy of Small Language Fates and Prospects from Brill!

Dear LINGUIST List Readers,

For our Fund Drive raffle today, Brill is donating a copy of Nancy Dorian’s Small Language Fates and Prospects, a book of essays on bilingualism and language endangerment of Scottish Gaelic.  Read the book summary here:

http://goo.gl/pTKNUX

Normally valued at $162 USD, this book can be yours for a minimum donation of $50 USD.  Donate before midnight tomorrow (April 16, 11:59 pm EST), and you could be the lucky winner!  You can donate by following the link below:

http://goo.gl/e656LG

Please be sure to spread the word about our Fund Drive – like, share, retweet.  We appreciate all of your support.

Thanks and good luck!

Linguistically yours,

The LINGUIST List Crew

A Special Announcement:

Dear LINGUIST List subscribers,

A brief paws from our regular postings for a special announcement: You’ve seen her coyly hiding in blog posts before, but I would like to officially introduce you to the LINGUIST List Office Puppy, Blondie!

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Blondie

Though Gosia and Damir own Blondie, I’m sure the rest of the crew here would agree with me that Blondie has become a beloved member of the larger LINGUIST List family. Who knew coming to work at LINGUIST List could be even more fun?

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Here are some fun facts about Blondie to help you get to know her better:

Blondie is a White Shepherd — a breed that is a descendant of German Shepherds, but is most commonly found in Canada and the United States.

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Right now, Blondie excitedly plods around with feet that are a little too big for the rest of her body and is still small enough to be picked up (though not without a bit of effort!) but eventually, she will grow to be 60-70 pounds, and two feet tall at her shoulders.

This little cutie loves to be where everyone else does. She is quite the social butterfly and greets everyone, making sure they feel welcome. In her free time she likes to chew on things (like sticks and her toys), and generally look adorable.

Is your tree structure missing a branch? Blondie might be chewing on it.

Is your tree structure missing a branch? Blondie might be chewing on it.

 

She has taken it upon herself to oversee staff meetings. Here is a picture of her in one of our more recent meetings.

(Blondie likes to take a relaxed approach when heading meetings.)

(Blondie likes to take a relaxed approach when heading meetings.)

Blondie has had a doggone good time hanging out around our office, and has learned a lot about our yearly Fund Drive, which is still going on! All of us here at LINGUIST List would really appreciate you considering donating to help keep LINGUIST List up and running; able to help connect linguists around the world and foster academic growth in the linguistic community.

Blondie repping in some LINGUIST List swag!

Blondie repping some LINGUIST List swag!

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Please support Blondie’s friends at The LINGUIST List! We need as much help as we can get during Fund Drive 2015. LINGUIST List really needs your support!

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

Thank you all!
Your LINGUIST Crew

Featured Linguist: Ljuba Veselinova

LINGUIST List Fund Drive 2015

Featured Linguist: Ljuba Veselinova (Stockholm University)

Featured Linguist Ljuba Veselinova

Featured Linguist: Ljuba Veselinova

I came to LINGUIST List in 1994 as the first recipient of its graduate student fellowship funded by subscribers. Compared to its current size, the list was small back then (around 4000 subscribers). However, the work was exciting and there was this whole new universe to explore–I am talking, of course, about the internet. I was soon engulfed by UNIX, its shells, its mail and text utilities, especially emacs. It was scary to have to tell some of the people who figured as authors of my textbooks that they will need to edit parts of their messages. The mailing list function was a primary one at that time and the list was split between Eastern Michigan University and the University of Texas A & M. Those of us based in Michigan were connecting to a computer in Texas via a phone modem! I stayed with LINGUIST List thanks to the subscriber’s support until I finished my MA in 1997. By the time I was leaving, the subscriber numbers had soared to 10000 and counting; the mailing list had become just one of the functions LINGUIST performed, and a well organized website was in place. The first NSF funded infrastructure project was going on and there were several grant proposals in the making. Working for LINGUIST List had never been more promising.

In a way, it is actually wrong to ask me what I am doing after LINGUIST List because I never truly quit for real. While greater part of my time has been devoted to typology through my dissertation on suppletion in verb paradigms and my participation in the World Atlas of Language Structures (WALS), my interest in technology and LINGUIST is as alive as ever. After 1997, I kept coming back to Michigan for periods of time of varying length. Thanks to grants from the Swedish Institute I was able to come back in summer 1998 as well as in fall 1999; in summer 2000 I was partially funded by LINGUIST List NSF grant. My latest stay was on a Visiting Scientist position during the academic year 2005-6. I was planning on looking for other academic jobs in the US when the Swedish Research Council awarded me a four year long research funding. It is worth noting that one of the motivations for this reward as well as other grants I received was my international experience while working for the LINGUIST List.

Here in Stockholm, I have been focusing on the typology of negation in non-verbal and existential sentences. I also pursue studies on geographical information systems (GIS) on my own. Much of my research is geared towards uncovering patterns of variation but also patterns of unity in the languages of the world. For instance one striking example of a pervasive feature is the fact that most languages make a difference between the way they negate actions e.g. I don’t run and the way they negate existence/availability e.g. There is no beer (in the fridge). There are also languages such as Turkish where negation of states e.g. I am not sick differs from both the negation of actions and the negation of availability. As shown on the map below, special expressions in for the negation of existence are dominant in languages of the world; in fact there are a few, well delimited areas where the distinction between negation of actions and negation of availability is obliterated, Western Europe is one of them.

Negative Existentials (by Ljuba Veselinova)

Negative Existentials (by Ljuba Veselinova)

Seeing grammatical patterns in a spatial contexts is something that I will never get tired of. A live version of the map above, still in the making can be seen here: http://arcg.is/1C2X3Bm

The education I received at LINGUIST List came via many different channels: through direct instruction thanks to its founders, Prof. Helen Aristar-Dry and Prof. Anthony Aristar, who with their incredible resourcefullness and endless patience have been my mentors and friends for many years; then, just having to sit down and actually do the work was a great learning experience. What I learned from LINGUIST is reflected daily in my correspondence and professional contacts, in my organizing skills, in my knowledge and interest in technology and databases. LINGUIST List has grown from a mailing list with a linguistic profile to an organization and a school of its own kind. Finally, working at LINGUIST List gives you this incredible energy and actual belief that anything is possible and anything is within reach. You are in touch with the best of an incredibly diverse discipline. At the same time, you learn that you can do anything that you really believe in and really dream of: ballet dancing, playing the guitar, doing photographing or knitting — it’s all there, and it’s all yours. So maybe I will see you at the next conference, or maybe at Burning Man?

Flight-picture by Ljuba Veselinova

These days I am happy to send my students there as the LINGUIST List experience is immensely beneficial to anyone who is going to pursue a career in linguistics and/or language technology. It is also my turn to chip in the supporting pot and once again thank the subscribers for all the contributions that made my stay with LINGUIST possible. At the same time, I would like to extend a plea for a continued support for the LINGUIST List and its current moderators, Malgorzata E. Cavar and Damir Cavar, who carried out its move to a new site and continue to work tirelessly to maintain it as an extremely vigorous and creative environment where many students have found expression for their talents and actually become linguists.

Featured Linguist: Ljuba Veselinova

Featured Linguist: Ljuba Veselinova

 

Please support the LINGUIST List student editors and operations with a donation during the 2015 Fund Drive! The LINGUIST List really needs your support!

Donate to Win a Subscription to Anthropological Linguistics from University of Nebraska Press!

Dear LINGUIST List Readers,

Today we’ll be giving away two subscriptions to the journal Anthropological Linguistics donated by University of Nebraska Press! You can read about the journal here:

http://goo.gl/shD9Z7

A subscription normally carries a monetary value of $58 USD (US residents) or even $82 USD (non-US residents). However, a year’s subscription could be yours for as little as a $35 USD donation. Make your donation by midnight tomorrow (April 14, 11:59 p.m. EST), and you could be today’s winners!

Donate here:

http://goo.gl/e656LG

Please spread the word about our Fund Drive by liking, sharing or retweeting on social media, as well as telling others in your department and your local linguistic community.  LINGUIST List is a community-funded service, and we appreciate all of your support.

Thanks and good luck!

Linguistically yours,

The LINGUIST List Crew

Contest: Check Out Our New LINGUIST Logo Submissions and Send Us Yours!

Hello Linguist List Subscribers and Friends,

We are excited to announce a brand new contest: The LINGUIST List Logo Contest! We are looking for a new logo for our website—one that is modern, cool, and captures the essences of LINGUIST List. LINGUIST List is operated by and used by linguists, so why not have a linguist design our new logo?

Take a look at the history of LINGUIST List logos:

Red Blue Yellow Logo

Red Yellow Sun

Sunset Logo

Boxes logo

It’s time for a change. We are calling all of our graphic design savvy subscribers out to help us with this task! If you are interested in design and looking to get your name out there, and want to help us out, please read our terms and conditions and enter the contest! We have more than 25,000 mailing list subscribers, more than 27,000 social media followers in the world, and more than 1.5 million unique visitors on the website per year. That’s a lot of people viewing your art work!

Please send any logos you’ve designed to funddrive@linguistlist.org in svg format.

Please check out a few of the submission we’ve already received by some very talented linguists:

New Logo 1

Submitted by Lea Schäfer

New Logo 2

Submitted by Lea Schäfer

Submitted by Lea Schäfer

Submitted by Lea Schäfer

Submitted by Francesco Screti

Submitted by Francesco Screti

Submitted by Aubrey Nunes

Submitted by Aubrey Nunes

We are going to go to a vote soon, but before we do, we want to put out one final call for submissions! Please send your logo submissions to funddrive@linguistlist.org. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Remember, as always, LINGUIST List is a free and openly available resource dedicated to providing the best service possible for all fields of linguistics. Please support the LINGUIST List Fund Drive 2015 with a contribution:

http://funddrive.linguistlist.org/

Sincerely,

Your LINGUIST List Team

_____________

Terms and Conditions

  1. This competition consists in a contest to design a logo for LINGUIST List. It is open to everyone.
  2. To enter the competition, design a logo to be used on the LINGUIST List website. Design an image which you think incorporates the essence of LINGUIST List. Email your design in svg format to funddrive@linguistlist.org.
  3. All photos, drawings, text, and any other content or information submitted by you to LINGUIST List shall become the sole and exclusive property of LINGUIST List, and LINGUIST List shall have no obligation to preserve or return content to you. If you are selected as the winner, you are allowing LINGUIST List to use your design for free and for any purpose.
  4. We will acknowledge the winner on our web site by mentioning their name and affiliation if requested. No monetary compensation is foreseen.
  5. We reserve the right not to select a winner, and not to use any provided logos.
  6. Entries must be entirely your own original work and must not breach any copyright or third party rights. LINGUIST List will not be made partially or fully liable for any non-original work submitted by you. All entries must be suitable for publication on the LINGUIST List website and public viewing. The design must not include any defamatory, offensive or unlawful content.
  7. Entrants will be deemed to have accepted these rules and to agree to be bound by them when entering this competition.
  8. This competition is administered by LINGUIST List.