Linguist List day in the life: Jeremy

With the clothes dryer rumbling behind me, and my two children playing boisterously in the other room, I sit in my impromptu at-home “office” to sift through the day’s workload. Since the beginning of the pandemic, I have worked remotely out of my home–some 15,000 miles from the LL office–but the LINGUIST List and its happenings continue to roll forward. That’s the beauty of the online format: we bring linguistics content to you wherever in this world you may be.

My primary responsibility at LINGUIST is as the editor for reviews. Every year, LINGUIST List publishes hundreds of linguistically-relevant book announcements from the world’s top publishers. After books are announced, they become available for review by qualified reviewers, who are paired with books based on their qualifications. My job is to work with our head reviews editor, Helen Aristar-Dry, to coordinate the assignment, editing, and publication of book reviews on our site. I communicate with reviewers and publishers, process review submissions, and publish the reviews onto our searchable database. LINGUIST List reviews are often the very first reviews available on new publications.

It is my pleasure to associate with wonderful co-workers at LINGUIST, as well as the large number of reviewers who dedicate their time to carefully reviewing books. This community is unlike any other in the world…in any academic discipline!

Thank you to all who contribute to the LINGUIST List community in any way. Without you, we would be unable to continue on. If you would like to support what we do, please consider donating to our fund drive. Any amount of money helps! You can donate at https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/donate/.

With much appreciation,

Jeremy Coburn
Editor, Publications: Reviews

Fund Drive Lottery: Week 5

Beloved LINGUIST Listers,

Another week, Another winner! Each and every week during our annual Fund Drive, we are giving away fantastic prizes, donated by our gracious supporting publishers, to our donors. This is just a small way for us to show our gratitude for your continued support! To enter into this week’s drawing, donate to our fund drive sometime between now and Friday, October 22. Prizes change each week so check back in each week to see what’s up for grabs.

One donation = one entry into the drawing. To donate, click this link: https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/donate/

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Prizes for the week of Oct. 18 – Oct. 22:

From Cambridge University Press:

Kramsch – Language as Symbolic Power (https://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/languages-linguistics/applied-linguistics-and-second-language-acquisition/language-symbolic-power?format=PB)

Description: Language is not simply a tool for communication – symbolic power struggles underlie any speech act, discourse move, or verbal interaction, be it in face-to-face conversations, online tweets or political debates. This book provides a clear and accessible introduction to the topic of language and power from an applied linguistics perspective. It is clearly split into three sections: the power of symbolic representation, the power of symbolic action and the power to create symbolic reality. It draws upon a wide range of existing work by philosophers, sociolinguists, sociologists and applied linguists, and includes current real-world examples, to provide a fresh insight into a topic that is of particular significance and interest in the current political climate and in our increasingly digital age. The book shows the workings of language as symbolic power in educational, social, cultural and political settings and discusses ways to respond to and even resist symbolic violence.

Moyer – The Gifted Language Learner (https://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/languages-linguistics/applied-linguistics-and-second-language-acquisition/gifted-language-learner-case-nature-or-nurture?format=PB)

Description: Language learners beyond early childhood are scarcely expected to reach native-like abilities in their new language, yet some do. Are these individuals uniquely gifted? If so, are such gifts innate, or the result of intense drive, optimal experience, opportunity, or something else altogether? Bringing together theory and empirical work from across disciplines, this ground-breaking book aims to better understand the perennial mystery of giftedness in language learning (GLL). Incorporating quantitative, qualitative, and case study data, this analysis demonstrates the need to reach across cognitive, neural, emotional, psychological, and social lines to understand native-likeness in a second language. All such ‘outliers’ face limits, potentials, and choices. What they do in the face of these is key. With this complexity in mind, specific recommendations are provided to re-orient the research toward an appreciation of the individual’s role, and a clearer understanding of the inherent balance of nature and nurture in GLL.

From Wiley:

The Handbook of Dialectology by Charles Boberg (Editor), John Nerbonne (Editor), Dominic Watt (Editor) – 978-1-119-36124-4

The Concise Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics by Carol Chapelle – 978-1-119-14736-7

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If you would like to win one of these prizes, please consider donating to our fund drive. Without donations from our users, LINGUIST List will simply be unable to continue to unite our discipline by facilitating the compilation and dissemination of linguistically-relevant books, journals, reviews, job postings, and conference posting, just to name of few of our numerous services you rely upon. Every little bit helps!

There will be many more great prizes from our supporting publishers in the coming week, so stay tuned to our social media pages to hear about more prizes that you can win. Thanks and good luck!

With gratitude,

– Your LINGUIST List team

Staff Letter: Sarah

Dear LINGUIST List readers,

My name is Sarah, and I’m on the Pubs Team–I manage journals, journal calls for papers, TOCs, summer schools, and dissertations. We may have met through email, or you may have read some of my blog posts about nerd stuff on the LL blog. I’m also cross-trained in jobs and conferences and can jump on those editorial areas if other editors are out for the day. (Or perhaps you’ve even read my staff letters in previous years…)

The LINGUISTList provides invaluable opportunities to graduate students like me who might otherwise have no way to participate in academia, and has been doing so for years–after my first year in graduate school unfunded, I was close to having to drop out because of the sheer financial pressure, and the LINGUISTList helped me stay and pursue my research passions. LL keeps grad students afloat and helps provide for the next generation of academics.

I earned my MA in General Linguistics in 2018 from Indiana University, Bloomington, LL’s host institution, and am currently a member of the PhD program in the Linguistics Department at IU, as well as doubling in the Germanic Studies Department, with a (sort of unofficial at the moment) minor in cognitive science. Since starting my graduate program, I’ve been able to study ancient Germanic literature and philology, as well as branching out into Cognitive Science. On top of historical languages, I have often worked on researching manipulative discourse and propaganda, from a framework at the intersections of cognitive linguistics, critical discourse analysis, and philology. I especially love the critical discourse analysis work of such luminaries and T.A. Van Dijk and Ruth Wodak, whose frameworks have been invaluable to me, and Mark Turner’s conceptual blending theory has informed some of my favorite research projects I’ve done working on manipulative discourse and cognitive linguistics in a wide range of textual genres, from Old English poetry to 20th Century propaganda! It’s a pretty broad range of topics, but the overlaps and intersections have made it possible for me to specialize in a really particular niche while building a strong background in a wide range of linguistic studies. As of Spring 2021, I am finally studying for qualifying exams!

Without a doubt, I would never have been able to craft such a strange, simultaneously narrow-and-wide niche for myself without the support of the LINGUIST List, for which I will be forever grateful.

And what that means is that I am also forever grateful to our subscribers and donors. Without you, graduate students like me would quite literally be unable to participate in academia. Especially in the last year and a half of the Pandemic That Shall Not Be Named, as financial pressure has mounted on all of us, our supporters and readers at the LINGUIST List have quite seriously helped us survive through an extremely difficult year. I can never thank you enough.

LL handles thousands of submissions and a gigantic amount of data day-to-day, and there’s only a handful of graduate students working diligently to keep our 30,000 subscribers up-to-date on linguistic publications, job opportunities, conferences where they can submit their research, and much more, as well as doing the hairy work of filtering predatory publishers and conferences that are likely to hurt academic careers more than help them.

When you support the LINGUIST List, you support the mission the LINGUIST List stands for–the cause of creating a global linguistics community, a place to share knowledge and find resources–but you also support students like me, who wouldn’t otherwise be able to be part of it.

Thanks for donating!

Best regards,

Sarah

 

Featured University: University of South Carolina

We are in the middle of the LINGUIST List 2021 fund drive. If you are interested how well we are doing, the updates can be seen here https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/ The leader of our university challenge, both in terms of amount of combined donations and the number of donors is the University of South Carolina. The University of South Carolina is home to one of the lesser known but highly successful linguistic programs in the US. The University of South Carolina itself started off in 1801 as South Carolina College. It was 165 years later that the University established a Linguistics Program, in 1965, with faculty mainly from the university’s Department of English Language & Literature. Set up to grant graduate degrees only, U of SC’s Linguistic Program awarded its first Masters degree in 1967 to Gerda Petersen Jordan (1927-2007), who went on to earn a PhD in Comparative Literature and serve as a professor of German for 20 years at this university. The program’s first PhD recipient in 1970 was Alan R. Slotkin (1943-2020), who went on to teach in the English Department at Tennessee Tech University until his retirement.

At the time of Linguist List’s creation in 1990, the U of SC Linguistics Program had participating faculty in English, Anthropology, and Foreign Languages. A couple of the more well-known faculty from that time were Carol Myers-Scotton and Marjorie Goodwin (the latter of whom currently teaches at UCLA). Shortly thereafter, the Program expanded to include faculty from Philosophy, Psychology, and Communication Sciences & Disorders, transforming it into a true “interdepartmental discipline”. Doctoral students graduating from the U of SC Linguistics Program have variously specialized in sociolinguistics, linguistic anthropology, psycholinguistics, second language acquisition, and foreign language syntax, semantics, and pragmatics, and the program has had a solid record of mentoring its students and placing them in the profession.

We are grateful to the faculty and students of the Linguistics Program at the University of South Carolina for their constant support over the years. Please, if you have a chance, join them and support the LINGUIST List with a donation: https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/

Challenge Update: Week 5

Dear Linguist List,

While we passed the 30% mark, this was also the slowest week of the fund drive so far.

You can trust us that asking for money is nobody’s favorite job. Nothing is really for free. We have to pay the bills. The institutional support we receive from Indiana University is simply not enough to cover the costs of what we do. Your donations are an important part of our budget. But there is another reason why you should consider even a small donation. Your donations show to our host university the importance and visibility of the LINGUIST List internationally and validate their investment in the LINGUIST List. Please, if you have spare $5 and you use LINGUIST List, help us.

At the moment, we are at $12,102 – this is 30.26% of the fund drive goal. For the most up-to-date information on the fund drive, check our website https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/. You can also find there a lot of special fund-drive content.

In the discipline challenge (https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/subfield/), syntax is ahead of general linguistics by nearly $500 and general linguistics is now clearly ahead of sociolinguistics. Applied linguistics, pragmatics, historical linguistics and language acquisition fight fiercely for the third place.

In our university challenge, the University of South Carolina has held the lead since the beginning of the fund drive. 12 committed linguists have donated nearly $900. We cannot thank you enough! But Stanford University is very close to catch up with $820 and 11 donors. Applause! One more donation might catapult Stanford to the top of the list. This week we have also received a donation from the Societas Linguistica Europaea, which gave it the third place in our ranking. Big thanks to the members of the society and its board! In our region challenge, we received the first donation this year from Africa, from the North-West University of Potchefstroom (I very fondly remember my visit to Potchefstroom 12 years ago). Is your university on the list? You can check it here: https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/university/

No surprises can be reported in the country challenge – US is the absolute leader with 91 donors. We have received much support from European countries; in the lead are 10 donations from Germany and 6 from the Netherlands. Check where your country stands at https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/country/ and make a donation today!

We have only two weeks to go. How shall we collect the reminder of the sum that will secure the smooth operation of the LINGUIST List for another year? Yes, it’s up to you. Please donate at https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/donate/

Yours,

Malgosia Cavar

The LINGUIST List

Rising Stars: Meet Sean Foley!

Dear Linguist List Readers,

For this week’s rising star we have Sean Foley who is a 2nd year MA student making waves in the linguistics department at UNC Chapel Hill. According to his professors, when he entered the program he already had the level of fieldwork experience and participation in professional activities expected of a PhD student. Sean recently presented a paper on “The acoustics of apical vowels in two endangered Ngwi languages” at the annual meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society and another on “naruo: an endangered Ngwi language spoken in Yunnan, China” at the International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics. This is all on top of the fact that he’s shown the ability to learn and apply new theoretical concepts in his studies very quickly. As usual, Sean’s list of accomplishments is too long for this preamble so here is his piece…

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There are a number of areas within linguistics that I am particularly excited about. First, as once stated by linguist Mark Liberman, we are in the midst of the “golden age of speech and language science”. Advances in tools such as forced aligners, automatic phonetic measurement, and computational modelling currently allow speech scientists the ability to more easily parse through large speech corpora and derive acoustic measurements. These emerging technologies have led to the birth of what is being termed “corpus phonetics”, which, as a young subfield of linguistics, has the potential to lead to major advancements in the phonetics-phonology interface and phonetic/phonological theory in general.

Second, and along the same lines, corpus phonetics and advances in machine learning and natural language processing are beginning to form a bridge to one of the great challenges facing the field of linguistics – language endangerment. Documentation of the world’s linguistic diversity is undoubtedly urgent, considering that a majority of the world’s languages are endangered and may no longer be spoken in the next 50 years. Applying these computational  methods to language documentation has the tremendous potential to not only expedite the documentation process but to also bring more endangered languages into the digital realm. Furthermore, one linguist recently describe to me how he was using deep learning and automatic speech recognition (ASR) to aid in language documentation. What’s fascinating is that, as I understand it, this technology cannot only support these languages, but these languages can in turn aid in the development of ASR technology that has mainly been trained on majority languages.

Third, in connection to language documentation, an exciting development is how the laboratory phonology movement is starting to branch out into the field. More and more linguists have begun taking portable ultrasound machines into the field to get articulatory data on under documented languages, while others have begun to adapt speech perception experiments for the field. Couple these innovations with the areas above and what the future holds is widely  accessible speech corpora from a diverse array of languages, which include potentially not only acoustic data, but also articulatory data. As an aspiring phonetician, the three areas discussed  above are absolutely thrilling developments.

Personally, my plan is to continue my studies and enter a PhD program in linguistics. During this time, my goal is to combine laboratory phonology and fieldwork, with the premise that the description of endangered languages and phonological/phonetic theory inform one another. My hope is that such work can not only combat language endangerment, but can lead to progress in phonetic/phonological theory, while also leading to advancements in speech science technology.

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If you have not yet– please visit our Fund Drive page (https://funddrive.linguistlist.org) to learn more about us and why we need your help! The LINGUIST List relies on your generous donations to continue its support of linguists around the world.

Our sincere thanks,
— The LL Team

Challenge Update: Week 4

Dear all,

We have passed 25% of our fund drive goal! The $10,171 we have collected will cover one semester of stipend and health insurance for one of our student editors.

The fund drive has visibly slowed down this week. But this is not the time to give up hope, not the time to lose heart. LINGUIST List has remained fully operational through the lockdown and financial cuts of the last year and a half. If you want that we continue sending your daily portion of linguistic news, remind you of your conferences and bring you your next job opportunity, please support us. You step up to keep the international community informed, you create this community, and it’s your turn to act. You can donate here, any amount is appreciated:
https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/donate/

The first place in the discipline challenge remains with syntax and—like last week—sociolinguistics takes the second place. Pragmatics has won narrow lead over applied linguistics but the difference is minimal and next week may bring some surprises!
In the University challenge, the University of South Carolina is still leading both in terms of the combined amount of the donation but also in the number of donors. Cheers to the University of South Carolina! The second biggest donation comes from the Temple University of Japan. Humblest thanks go to this one donor who brought the Temple University to the second place in the University challenge. Arizona State University takes the third place and seven more universities shared the fourth position in the challenge. In the country challenge, the biggest number of donors comes from the USA, followed by the number of donors in the UK and Germany. Canada is on the fourth place with seven donors. If you are interested to see the updates and follow our drive, the updated numbers are here:
https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/donate/

The full list of donors can be seen here: https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/supporters/

Thank you linguistics.

Your LINGUIST List crew

Book Discounts from our Supporting Publishers

EXCLUSIVE OFFERS!! Big discounts on Linguistics books!

Every week, all year long, The LINGUIST List delivers to you announcements about cutting-edge publications in the field of linguistics from the world’s top publishers. Now, during our annual fund drive, several of our supporting publishers are offering exclusive discounts for our gracious donors and dedicated readers. This is the perfect time to start (or continue) building your library with top-notch linguistics-related books. The following discounts are only being offered for a limited time so don’t miss this opportunity!

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**Multilingual Matters is pleased to offer 30% off your purchase when you use the discount code MEMBER30.**

**From Wiley: Please use discount code HSS20 for 20% off Wiley linguistics books. This code will be valid until October 31, 2021.**

**Cambridge Scholars Publishing is offering 23 of their top linguistics titles at a 40% discount! Just use the discount code LINGLIST40 to save big on the following books:

The Influence of Spanish on the English Language since 1801: A Lexical Investigation
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Metonymy and Word-Formation: Their Interactions and Complementation
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Practice and Theory for Materials Development in L2 Learning
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A huge thank you to our supporting publishers for their ever-enduring support and to you, our readers, for being here with us. The LINGUIST List community is what it is because of each of you! If you would like to contribute to this community by supporting The LINGUIST List, we kindly ask that you consider donating to our fund drive. Without donations from our readers, we would be wholly unable to exist; your donations allow us to maintain our servers, cover our expenses, and pay our dedicated editors who ensure that you receive the linguistics information that you need. Every dollar matters! To donate, use this link: https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/donate/

With sincere gratitude,

Your LINGUIST List team

Staff Letter: Lauren Perkins

Hello, fellow linguists!

 

My name is Lauren Perkins, and I recently took over as the Managing Editor, Careers Editor, and Social Media Lead. I review and post job ads and notices of opportunities for student support and internships. I’m also responsible for helping to manage our social media presence, as well as ensuring that our internal processes run smoothly. I wear a lot of hats, but I really enjoy helping people find opportunities to further their linguistic careers! Getting to interact with fellow linguists from around the world via email is always a plus as well.

I’ve worked with LINGUIST List since January of 2020, having previously served as Calls & Conferences Editor. I’m beginning my third year in the General Linguistics PhD program here at Indiana University. Currently, I’m interested in syntax, psycholinguistics, and construction grammar. Of particular interest are ways that we can connect current syntactic theory with developments in neuro- and psycholinguistics and cognitive science, hopefully providing a bridge between the theoretical and the functional. I’m also really enjoying my Field Methods class this semester, where we are working with a native speaker of Lutuv, a Tibeto-Burman language.

In my spare time, I love spending time with my husband, Sam, and our cat, B. We like relaxing at home and drinking tea, or having friends over for game nights. I also enjoy kickboxing, practicing calligraphy and embroidery, and reading novels.

I’m extremely thankful for my job at the LINGUIST List, and thankful for donors like you that make it possible. Not only does working at the LINGUIST List provide a fascinating insight into current opportunities in linguistics, as well as flexible hours (imperative for a graduate school schedule), but it also provides me with enormous financial peace of mind. Graduate school here in the US is quite expensive, and I would definitely not be able to achieve my dream of becoming a professional linguist without the tuition remission that my work at the LINGUIST List provides me with. My work at LINGUIST List was a particular silver lining during the months of quarantine, as I was able to continue my work remotely and thus also continue taking remote classes. Despite the events of 2020, I am still on-track to finish my program on time. The ability to continue working despite a global pandemic is a privilege I don’t take lightly, and I am very grateful to all of you who made that possible through your generosity.

So, a huge thank you to all of our donors, particularly those who have supported us year after year. You are our silver lining, both because you’ve supported us through this crisis and because you continue to inspire us with your tenacity and dedication to continue your work despite everything. We look forward to continuing to support you for many more years! If you enjoy the resources the LINGUIST List offers and are financially able, please consider donating to this year’s Fund Drive. Thanks so much for taking the time to read my story, and I look forward to connecting with you via email the next time you submit a job, support, or internship, or over social media!

 

 

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Fun Fact: Early Websites

Hi all! 

Nils here with another fun fact. Did you know that the Linguist List is over 30 years old? While our old website wasn’t created until about 1997, the first post over the initial mailing list was sent in December, 1990, and because we archive everything, you can still read it here! This was before browsers were even available to the general public, let alone HTML, which is what we still use for web pages today. 

As a related fun fact, the very first website ever is still up too! It was created by CERN and they have since recreated it. You can find it here.

Websites obviously exploded in the 90s, and we quickly joined the fun around 1997. Of those, most of them have been shut down since, but we have remained all this time! We’re always making improvements, and we’re still working on our newest iteration of the website.

Of course, all of this is only possible due to the generosity of our readers. Donations help us to pay for the servers we use, all the services we provide, and, of course, our wonderful editors who make sure that all content is curated, formatted, and that absolutely no spam gets through to you, our readers. To learn more, please visit our Fund Drive page to learn more about us and why we need your help! The LINGUIST List relies on your generous donations to continue its support of linguists around the world.

Thank you,

Nils Hjortnaes