New LINGUIST List services and settings!

We have activated automatic feeds of published issues, news, blogs, and other information to two more social media channels.  For a while now all LINGUIST List issues were emailed to the list subscribers and posted on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.  The local events announcements made on GeoLing are displayed on the Geo-App online and also forwarded to these social media channels.  We have now reactivated the LINGUIST List blog on Tumblr.  And, from now on we also forward all issues and messages directly to LinkedIn as well.  This means, all conference announcements, job ads, book reviews, etc., will also be available on LinkedIn, Tumblr, and all the other social media sites.

The LINGUIST List page on Facebook has been verified and we added an opportunity to use a “donate” button and support the LINGUIST List operations.  The Twitter page is in the process of being verified or certified.

As you all know, The LINGUIST List provides an Amazon Echo / Alexa Flash Briefing service.  You can subscribe to the most recent announcements on LINGUIST List using your Alexa App, or you can select any combination of the specific posting areas.  If you want Alexa to inform you about new job ads or just book announcements, this is possible.

Another new setting affects all websites.  The new default setting at LINGUIST List is that all websites are using encryption in the default, that is, all URLs are redirected to “https”.  You should see a secure browsing symbol close to the URL in your browser window.

We are happy to provide you with good and secure service!

All the best from the entire

LINGUIST List Team

 

The Spring 2017 LINGUIST List Fund Drive is over! Thank you!

Dear Colleagues, Linguist List supporters, linguistics and language lovers,

The Spring 2017 LINGUIST List Fund Drive is over! With more than $ 40,000 donated by 814 of you, we’ve decided to close the Fund Drive for this season. We are so grateful for all of your donations, big and small, for all your support and letters of encouragement during this time — and the rest of the year, too! We could not keep operating without your enthusiasm and generosity. There is no Linguistics Online Community without Linguists actively involved.

This year’s Fund Drive received some amazing contributions from the crew at Speculative Grammarian. To them we are especially grateful! When we contacted the Chief Editor, Trey Jones, shortly before the Fund Drive, the whole team immediately jumped by our side and contributed riddles, puzzles, jokes and prizes, most of which you’ve encountered in our great Geoling Treasure Hunts! If you’ve enjoyed the fun they provided, there’s a lot more to be found on their website which is really worth a read (trust us): http://specgram.com/

We’d also like to thank our Advisors, who have collectively donated more than any institution in the challenges! They contributed with their donations, and also with their advice, and by cheering on the competitions. Thank you, also, to those of our supporting publishers who have generously donated the prizes for our lotteries, among others Edinburgh University Press, John Benjamins, Morgan & Claypool Publishers, Multilingual Matters, Springer and University of Nebraska Press!

Now after all these special thanks, we really want you, readers, to know how much we appreciate your donations, because without them, we wouldn’t exist. This support shows us that we are not alone in our cause. We believe that in today’s world, with the rising importance of social media and news at the center of our societies, maintaining a free, neutral scientific platform is truly crucial, it is in fact an obligation for all those who can contribute. In this age more than ever we need to, we have to use this great opportunity to be united as Language Scientists across the world.

We are aware that asking for donations once a year does not suit every wallet. So we now would like to make you aware of two ways you can support the LINGUIST List with smaller gifts, or even for free!

1) Becoming a recurring donor: with the instructions from this link, you can set up smaller donations to give us, for the amount and recurrence of your choice: http://linguistlist.org/issues/26/26-2068.html

2) AmazonSmile: this option will cost you nothing and make a big difference for us! You can ask Amazon to donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the LINGUIST List by shopping here: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/45-4211155! Just follow the link and make sure that your charity is set to the eLinguistics Foundation, the 501(c) non-profit organization that supports LINGUIST List.

And as always, if you cannot donate monetarily, you can help us out in other ways, such as liking, sharing, and re-tweeting our Fund Drive posts on social media. If you like LINGUIST List and have benefited from our free service, tell us and your friends about LINGUIST List!

Linguistically yours,

– The LINGUIST List Crew
Malgosia, Damir, Lwin, Amanda, Clare, Mike, Yue, Ken, Jacob, Helen and Robert

Announcing the 2017 Fund Drive Champions!

Dear Subscribers,

We did it!! We’ve met our Advisor’s Challenge, with $40,102.55 donated collectively by 805 of you!

Congratulations and thank you for helping us meet this Challenge! With the end of the Advisor’s challenge, also comes the closing of our Universities, Subfields, Countries and Regions Challenges! We’re now pleased to announce the 2017 LINGUIST List Fund Drive Champions:

University Challenge: Indiana University is the winner!
This was a VERY tight competition, so we’d like to express special congratulations to the Univeristy of Washington, our 2016 Champions, for such a close second place!
The Third place is held by Stanford University!

Subfield Challenge: For the second year in a row, the first place goes to Syntax!
Runners up: Computational Linguistics and Sociolinguistics! Congratulations!

Region Challenge: North America is in first place, followed by Europe and Asia!

Countries top 10:

After a long running tie, Germany and Canada have passed the UK!

United States of America (USA)
Germany
Canada
United Kingdom
Netherlands
Spain
Japan
France
Switzerland
Italy

Thank you to all for your participation in the Challenges, and Congratulations to the winners! In addition you’ve all won our sincere gratitude.

There are still a few days left to donate before the end of the Fund Drive, so if you would like to contribute to our cause, head over here: http://funddrive.linguistlist.org/donate/

Best,

–the LINGUIST List Crew

Exciting Prizes to win!

Dear Readers,

Thanks to all your support this far, we have passed 50% of our goal for this Fund Drive! Now with $38,831.76, we have almost reached the 40,000 needed in order to meet our Advisor’s Challenge!

This week, we are launching our FINAL LINGUIST List Lottery draw! For any donation you make, your name will be entered for a chance to win one of the following prizes:

1) Books 2 (Literacy) and 7 (Language Testing and Assessment) of the Encyclopedia of Language and Education, 2nd Edition, published by Springer

2) The book of your choice from Multilingual Matters (http://www.multilingual-matters.com) and a one year subscription to the journal Anthropological Linguistics, published by the University of Nebraska Press

If you donate more than $10, every extra $10 gets your name entered once more into the draw! The draw will take place on Monday, May 8, so you have exactly one week to donate!

Want to win a prize but don’t have any money to give? Just share the word on social media, by telling people why you appreciate the LINGUIST List with the hashtag: #whyIlovetheLINGUISTlist! For every post you tag with this mention, your name will be entered in a draw dor a chance to win this prize:

The Written Questionnaire in Social Dialectology, by Stefan Dollinger, published by John Benjamins

Finally, until we reach 40,000, our challenges are still running! Donate to support your team! Right now, Indiana University has passed Washington for the first place, and Syntax is in front of Computational Linguistics! Follow the challenges at the links below:

http://funddrive.linguistlist.org/subfield/
http://funddrive.linguistlist.org/university/
http://funddrive.linguistlist.org/region/
http://funddrive.linguistlist.org/country/

Thanks for your support, and good luck to all!

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

–The LINGUIST List team

To thank you for your support: spread the word and win a prize!

Dear LINGUIST List Subscribers,

Yesterday, we did not send out any emails but one: a call for support. As usual, our readers were prompt to rise up to the occasion: in one day, we raised $1419.5 from 33 different donors! We knew we could count on you!

We are now only steps away from reaching our advisor’s challenge: if we receive $1453.97 more, our advisors will collectively donate $4,575! We believe that together, we can reach that goal by the end of this week! Also, until we reach our advisor’s challenge, we are keeping the University/Subfield/Countries/Region Challenges running! So when you donate to meet our advisor’s challenge, you can also support your team! The current leaders are: University of Washington/Syntax/USA/North America – but will they be the winners in the end?

Since we realize you’ve already been very supportive, we’d like to thank you and encourage you to spread the word around you, with a special reward. In fact, we’d like to give away this book, generously donated by our supporting publisher John Benjamins: The Written Questionnaire in Social Dialectology, by Stefan Dollinger! https://benjamins.com/#catalog/books/impact.40/main

If you would like to win this book, all you have to do is write on Twitter or Facebook: “#whyIlovetheLINGUISTlist” followed by a message of support: what is it about the LINGUIST List that you like? How have we helped you in your career? or: Why did you choose to donate? One of you will be drawn to win this special prize!

Thank you for your support,

http://funddrive.linguistlist.org/donate

— the LINGUIST List

Challenge Update – The Countdown has begun!

In our last week of the Challenges, here is the latest update on who is in the
lead! Donate before Sunday to support your team, and invite your colleagues to
do so as well! http://funddrive.linguistlist.org/donate/

Subfield Challenge:

1) Syntax, leading with $5121.00
2) Computational Linguistics with $4035.00
3) Semantics: $3087.00

You can check how close behind your field is here:
http://funddrive.linguistlist.org/subfield/

University Challenge:

1) University of Washington $2495.00 (38 donors)
2) Indiana University $2386.00 (21 donors)
3) Stanford University $1670.00 (21 donors)

Indiana and Washigton are in pretty close competition! You can check where
your university stands here: http://funddrive.linguistlist.org/university/

Regions Challenge:

1) North America 335 donors
2) Europe 173 donors
3) Asia 28 donors

http://funddrive.linguistlist.org/region/

Countries Challenge:

1) United States of America (USA) 307 donors
3) Germany 49 donors
3) United Kingdom 36 donors

For the Regions and Countries challenges, the amount of your donation does not
matter! Everything can be turned around just with a lot of small donations.

Since you’re already a competitor by falling into our different categories,
please donate to make your field, university, region and country shine to the
Linguistics community – on top of contributing to a very good cause! Your
donation only counts in the competition if you donate before Sunday, April
23rd, Midnight EST! (But don’t worry, if you do not donate on time, you’ll
still have a chance to donate to the Fund Drive, which is still ongoing)

Thank you for your support, and Good Luck!

— The LINGUIST List

Do you have what it takes?

Dear readers,

As you may know, we here at the LINGUIST List are a competitive bunch, and we’re convinced that our readers are too. During this Fund Drive, we’ve shared mind-bending games and puzzles, as well as the annual Fund Drive challenges. We’ve called you to action in the name of your institution, your subfield, your country and global region. The competition in these challenges has been fierce–what else could we expect from our brilliant and ambitious user base?

Now, we have another challenge for you. Our board of advisors has generously pledged to donate $3600 to the LINGUIST List, on one condition: our readers need to DOUBLE that amount. But we thought that might be a bit too humble a goal for our readers… because we think you could even TRIPLE that. After all, there are 30,000 of you, and only 54 of them!

So now we ask you–do you think you can meet the challenge? We believe in you! If you think you have what it takes, visit our Fund Drive page to join the challenge TODAY.

Gratefully yours,

The LINGUIST List crew

Are you ready for our toughest puzzle yet?

Dear readers,

It’s the end of another week, so it’s time for another challenge! This one is our toughest yet! Speculative Grammarian has once again provided us with a puzzle to test your linguistic expertise. Here is an audio clip to get you started.

From this first clue, you must uncover a secret message and send it to [email protected] before 12PM EST on 28 April. The prize? A copy of Speculative Grammarian’s Essential Guide to Linguistics! Trust us, you don’t want to miss out.

Good luck, and may the best linguist win!

-The LINGUIST List Team

 

An indispensable part of any linguist’s bookshelf.

Fun Fact: Donors so Far

Hey everyone!

Thank you for the support you’ve shown for us! Here is a graph showing the number of donors versus the number of job posts on the listserv.

Full Map

The colors come from the ratio of number of donors and the number of jobs in a given country. We’ve still got some ground to cover before we reach our goal. If you’d like to show your support please donate at funddrive.linguistlist.org.

#whyIlovethelinguistlist – Spread the Word!

 

Dear LINGUIST Listers,

Thank you to all those who have donated so far during our Fund Drive! We are happy to say we are almost to $30 000… a dollar for every one of our users!

However, donating isn’t the only way to support us! You can also help us by spreading the word on social media! Use the hashtag #whyIlovetheLINGUISTList to share with us and with your friends! We want to know about the time you found your first job through our Jobs board, the time you organized your conference with EasyAbs, the time you got feedback for your research through a Query post… whatever your success story, we would love to hear about it! We will share these stories on our pages on Facebook (linguistlist), Twitter (@linguistlist) and Google+ (+LINGUISTList)!

Post #whyIlovetheLINGUISTList today and help us get the word out about our Fund Drive! And if you haven’t yet, visit our Fund Drive homepage (http://funddrive.linguistlist.org) to read more about what we do and to donate today!

Gratefully yours,
The LINGUIST crew