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:

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:

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!



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?


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.


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!


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!

Thank you all!

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:

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:

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:

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 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 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:


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
  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.

Historical Linguistics; Language Documentation: LL Editor Sara’s Favorite Tree

Dear Fellow Linguists,

In the vein of our theme about trees and planting new roots here at LINGUIST List, we all have been thinking about what our favorite linguistic trees are.  I had a hard time narrowing this down.  My first reaction was to say “MultiTree!”, my favorite LL grant project, as well as my favorite tool for historical linguistics before I even started working at LINGUIST List.  But that is more than one tree, but rather a forest of linguistic analyses about genetic classification.  I worked as an editor and researcher on MultiTree for a year and a half and I inputted a lot of trees into our database, mostly for Austronesian and Papua New Guinea language families.

I loved many of the trees that I uploaded, but one that stood out to me in particular was this classification of Kwomtari by Baron 1983:


Kwomtari: Baron 1983. MultiTree: A digital library of language relationships.


Kwomtari is a small language family that includes only 6 daughter languages, spoken in Papua New Guinea.  This was the first tree that I researched and uploaded as a MultiTree editor.  I later went on to enter several different classifications for the Kwomtari family, since scholars disagree on how to classify these languages.  But this tree is in particular is nostalgic for me.  It reminds me how much I love working on MultiTree, researching new resources and new classifications, investigating language codes, and learning about languages from far-flung places around the globe, languages I wouldn’t have even known existed if I hadn’t researched them for MultiTree, and by proxy, the LINGUIST List.

The LINGUIST List is a free resource funded by the linguistic community to serve the linguistic community.  Without your support over the years, the LINGUIST List and such related resources like MultiTree would not exist.  If you have found the LINGUIST List to be helpful and if you would like to keep them around, please consider donating to our Fund Drive:

Your continuing support is vital to our existence.  We appreciate any little bit of help that you can give.

Linguistically yours,

Sara Couture

Publications Editor



Donate to Win a Copy of Sociolinguistics and Deaf Communities from Cambridge!

Dear LINGUIST List Readers,

Today, we are introducing another prize donated by Cambridge University Press to our Fund Drive raffle.  They are donating two copies of Sociolinguistics and Deaf Communities.  If you are interested in sign language variation or discourse and the sociolinguistic issues involved, this is the book for you.  You can read a full abstract about the book in the link below:

This fascinating linguistic resource can be yours for a minimum donation of $25, if you donate before midnight tomorrow (April 11, 11:59 pm EST).  Two winners will be selected at random from our pool of donors who donate from now until the deadline.

You can donate by following this link to our Fund Drive page:

Also, if you donate before next week, you will a 20% off promotional code to Routledge’s book catalogue as well as be entered to win an additional $100 off any of Routledge’s books.  Don’t miss your chance to win these great discounts.

Please the spread the word about our Fund Drive raffle and other Fund Drive content by liking, sharing or retweeting on social media.  You can also go to our social media pages and blog for any updates about our Fund Drive and other LINGUIST List activities.  We will be having more publisher giveaways, so stay tuned.

Thank you all for your support! We can’t do it without you.

Thanks and good luck!

Linguistically yours,

The LINGUIST List Crew

What Makes LINGUIST List So Special?

Dear LINGUIST List Subscribers, Readers, Users, and Followers,

There are many very important and interesting moderated lists for linguists on the internet that allow you to quickly post some information about a conference, a job opening, a new version of some software, or a question related to some issue. All list moderators check whether the submitted message is relevant for the particular audience before they approve its dissemination. We at LINGUIST List check whether the message would be relevant for the GLOBAL linguistic community, independent of a specific linguistic domain or sub-field.

We at LINGUIST List believe that it is in your interest to have all submissions double-checked and approved, links to pages checked, content edited to avoid embarrassment for the author or the readers. We believe that having human editors, and not just moderators, serves all of us best in a professional and academic environment.

LINGUIST List is the only such service that provides moderation and careful editing of submissions—for linguists, by linguists.

We believe that checking publisher’s announcements or conference calls is in the interest of all of us to make sure that these announcements are serious and not predatory. We check every announcement by a publisher or a conference organizer. We verify the address and website, check whether it is blacklisted in common registries of predatory publishers, and send feedback to these registries, if we identify a predatory publisher.

We also believe that the information that you submit should not be just sent out and forgotten. We help you by adding information to clarify your posts, to change details, extend deadlines, add programs to your conference calls, or close a job advertisement. Our editors receive on average five such requests each per day, to change some announcement, correct settings in an EasyAbs review setting, to change deadlines, contact emails, or language and linguistic specializations.

We believe that this is necessary to reduce the time our subscribers waste with irrelevant information—to improve the information quality that we disseminate over LINGUIST List.

We know that over the last 25 years LINGUIST List has served many of you worldwide. It has brought us linguists together, helped us to find a job, let us know about new books and dissertations, workshops and conferences all over the globe. We are aware that things have changed, that our mailboxes are flooded with incredible amounts of information, that there are so many websites that provide linguistic information, that social media is changing the way we use the internet for communication. We are constantly improving our technologies and services to focus on our mission:

To provide free information and services to all linguists, readers and subscribers worldwide.

We believe that linguistics needs such an information hub that is independent, user-funded, international, and that integrates all linguistic sub-fields, not specializing on a single research area or domain. LINGUIST is truly international and multilingual, run by a team of linguists from Asia, Europe, and America. It is run by a team of volunteers, student editors and faculty, all linguists from different subfields, with different linguistic and language backgrounds.

During Fund Drive 2015, you can support LINGUIST List with a donation:

We all appreciate your support, and when we say “we all,” we mean the global international community of linguists and language lovers.




Historical Linguistics Editor Erin’s Favorite Tree

Dear LINGUIST List Subscribers,

Continuing on this year’s Fund Drive’s theme of trees, I’m going to go out on a limb and follow up Lwin’s tree with another historical linguistics tree.

This is a representation of a tree of Proto-Indo-European

This is a representation of a tree of Proto-Indo-European, “IndoEuropeanTreeDielli1” by Zoti Zeu – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons –

One of the first classes I took as a Linguistics major was a class called “Introduction to Indo-European Linguistics”, and in this class, we learned about different ways in which languages change and the reconstruction of languages. For me, this tree represents so much of what I learned in that class — how languages can divide and change, but that there are things which can make so many languages relatable to one another. As an undergraduate, this was some sort of magic, or a really fun game, seeing how languages could change and then applying what I learned about language change to my language-learning endeavors. (“Well, if this root changed to that in Language X, it probably changed to this in Language Y!”) How exciting and fascinating it was to have a whole new way of looking at words, seeing the interconnectedness of so many languages.


Just like how exciting it was to see the interconnectedness of languages, so it was great to find a place where linguists were also connected. LINGUIST List gave me a place to see both how many opportunities there were (for more reading, learning, and working), and also gave me the chance to connect with scholars all over the globe.


If you have found the LINGUIST List helpful over the years, as I have: please consider donating to this year’s Fund Drive. this will help us to continue providing quality services intending to help connect the linguistics community and enrich the general trove of linguistic resources.


Win a One-year Subscripition to the Journal of Portuguese Linguistics: Spread the Word and Donate!

Dear LINGUIST List Readers:

We hope you have been enjoying our publisher raffles during our Fund Drive.  Today, we are offering another prize, this time donated by the Association of Editors of the Journal of Portuguese Linguistics.  They are offering a one-year journal subscription to the Journal of Portuguese Linguistics to everyone that donates $20 or more to the LINGUIST List Fund Drive.  You can read about the journal here:

Donate at least a minimum of $20 before midnight tomorrow (April 9, 11:59 pm EST), and you will win a one-year subscription to the Journal of Portuguese Linguistics.  You can donate here:

Reminder: we still have another week of the Routledge Giveaway.  Anyone who donates will receive a 20% off promotional code to Routledge’s book catalogue.  By donating, you also are entered to win an ADDITIONAL $100 in books from Routledge.  Don’t miss your chance

Please spread the word about our Fund Drive!  You can like and share our posts on Facebook or Google Plus, or retweet on Twitter.  If everyone who uses LINGUIST List donated at least $10 right now, we would achieve your goal.  We can’t do it without your support.

Thanks and good luck!

Linguistically yours,

The LINGUIST List Crew