Challenge Update: Week 7

Hello Linguist Listers!

Welcome to another round of our challenge updates!

We have moved from 24.22% of our total goal up to 36.11% since our last challenge update… A huge increase! We really appreciate all of you who donate year after year as we would not exist without your help. Now let’s take a look at the challenges.

In the Subfield Challenge, we have Syntax holding fast to their lead as usual. They have increased their already impressive contributions from $1,600 up to $1,930. Will they be the first to break the 2K barrier? In second place we have another switcheroo as Phonology has reclaimed the second place position from Sociolinguistics with $1787.32 donated. The lead is still narrow however, as Sociolinguistics is right behind them with $1710.00. The competition between these two fields has been intense for quite awhile. Stay tuned to see who pulls ahead.

In the University Challenge we have Indiana University, Bloomington taking a strong lead at $1,335.00. This is up from $435 in the last update. What an increase! In second place we have the University of South Carolina still holding the position with $915 donated and in third place, we have Stanford University with $625.00 donated.

For the Region Challenge we have North America holding its first place position with 109 donors. They are now he first region to break the 3-figure barrier. In second place we have Europe with 78 donors and in third place we have Asia with 12 donors.

This was major progress for our fund drive and we cannot thank all of you enough for your donations. Tune in next week for another challenge update and if you want to affect the outcome for your favorite challenge group, you can find our donation website here: https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/donate/

All the best,
– The LL Team

Status Update: Week 7!

Hello Linguist Listers,

We’ve managed to pass the 30% mark over the weekend and we’re making good progress towards the 35% mark. As of this post’s writing we are currently at 32.93% of our total goal! As always, our biggest thanks to all of you who have already contributed to the fund drive.

We need $829.09 to reach the 35% mark so please consider helping us to get to that next checkpoint. Also, remember that any donations you make can go towards helping your favorite group to win the donation challenges that we post weekly. See our latest post here: https://blog.linguistlist.org/fund-drive/challenge-update-week-6/

If you are interested in contributing to the fund drive, you can do so by visiting our donation page here: https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/

We hope you have a great start to your week.

All the best,
– The Linguist List Team

Fun Facts: Student Resources

Hello Linguist Listers,

Many people think of LINGUIST List primarily as a resource for professional academic linguists. While this demographic does make up a large portion of our subscribers, LINGUIST List is also dedicated to serving the needs of up-and-coming linguists.

Our student portal is specifically designed to aid students in their entry into the field. Prospective linguists will find information on the field as a whole, stories about how various linguists became involved in the field, and what types of work is currently going on in the field. Our recently developed Programs platform serves as a database for linguistics programs at universities around the world. Prospective students can search by geographical area, subdiscipline, and type of program. If your university’s program isn’t yet listed, we encourage you to add it here (https://linguistlist.org/programs/).

LINGUIST List also provides resources for those whose studies are already in progress. LINGUIST List helps publicize numerous conferences geared towards graduate and undergraduate linguists each year. Our Queries section connects student or postgraduate researchers with the larger linguistics community, oftentimes helping them find native speakers or data for ongoing research projects. Our ‘Ask a Linguist’ feature is also an invaluable resource for those who may be new to the field and unsure where to look for answers to questions of a linguistic nature. The student portal includes several writing resources, such as MLA/APA resources, information on language codes (MultiTree), and more. Graduates and postgraduates can also find information on funding opportunities in our Supports section. After completing their studies, LINGUIST List helps connect qualified linguists with employment in their field through our Jobs section, which just this year has advertised 343 jobs so far.

Those of you who have been keeping up with our Fund Drive posts thus far will know that LINGUIST List is staffed entirely by graduate students. Many of us would find it impossible to continue our studies without the funding from our jobs here at the List. Over its thirty-year history, over 200 graduate students have worked at the LINGUIST List as editors and programmers. That means that there are potentially up to 200 linguists working in the field today whose studies were directly supported by YOU, the subscribers of LINGUIST List!

We’re very proud that a large part of our work these past thirty years has been to help students as they enter the field of linguistics and provide resources and insight into our vibrant community of study. Since LINGUIST List is partly funded by donations, we want to thank those who have given throughout the years. You have enabled countless young linguists to find the resources and support they needed to pursue their work in the field. We hope to be around for (at least!) thirty more years, and to continue helping students on their way to becoming linguists, but we can’t do that without your help! If you are able, please consider donating to our Fund Drive here (https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/donate/).

Thank you for your continued support!

Challenge Update: Week 6

Hello readers,

Here is our mid-week challenge update! Since the weekend update, we’ve reached 24.22%, thank you all!

Even though there hasn’t been an update since the weekend, Syntax is holding onto their lead position in the Subfield Challege with $1,600 in donations. Sociolinguistics is coming in strong in second place still with $1,100 in donations, and Language Acquisition with $843.99 wants to keep the third place spot they snagged from Phonology.

For the University Challenge, University of Southern Carolina is keen on keeping their first place spot in terms of most donations and most money donated. They have 11 donors totaling $915! Indiana University is still in second place but has moved up a bit with $435 and 5 donors. In third place we have the University of Surrey with 1 donor at $250. That’s a very generous donation!

In the region challenge, we have received a few donations from North America for the Region Challenge, which brings them to 78 donors. Europe has increased its numbers a bit and is still in second with 49 donors while Asia remains in third place with an increase to 11 donors (up from 10 last week).

There wasn’t much to update in terms of challenges this week, but we have received donations since our last update and every donation matters. We appreciate everyone’s help in this, any amount you can give helps LINGUIST List fund graduate students and also allows us to keep providing our readers with necessary resources. We couldn’t do it without you. Thank you.

Sincerely,
The LL team

Rising Stars: Meet Madison Liotta!

Dear Linguist List Readers,

For this week’s Rising Star, we bring you the impressive work of Madison Liotta, an up and coming linguist studying Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies at Georgia Tech University. Madison has gone above and beyond to participate in the field of Linguistics particularly when considering that Georgia Tech does not even have a full Linguistics major! Just this past Spring, Madison conducted a number of sociolinguistic interviews and took the bus over to Emory University twice a week to take a field methods course on the Tigrinya language of Eritrea. To add to that, Madison was named the Outstanding Senior in Linguistics at Georgia Tech as a junior and has won a President’s Undergraduate Research Award for work on a sociolinguistics project that will continue in the autumn. Earlier in the year, Madison was hoping to conduct field work on the indigenous languages of Central America but this plan has been put on hold due to Covid. Not to be stopped by this however, Madison has currently been working with Dr. Lelia Glass (Georgia Tech) and Dr. Jinho Choi (Emory University) on research projects online. As usual, the list of achievements goes on but we will let you get to this great piece!

******************************************************************

Madison Liotta

With the rise of technology comes the ability to reach and communicate with more and more people and, above all, share knowledge. Given this, there are more opportunities than ever to study understudied languages and other kinds of linguistic diversity and share that information with others. Over the past year, I’ve been able to work on two linguistics projects in different subfields, and I believe parts of both can be combined to further the work done in the field of linguistics. One project is working to study an understudied language, and the other is sharing recordings of speech with the greater research community through Open Science Framework.

Last Spring, I started working with Tigrinya, an understudied Semitic Ethiopic language spoken mainly in Eritrea and Ethiopia. The goal of the project is descriptive in nature and relies on recordings of a consultant who speaks the language. So far, we have gathered about 1,000 one-sentence elicitations from our speaker about a variety of topics in a wide array of grammatical constructions, but there were still many cases where we could not find definitive rules due to a lack of data and minimal previous academic research. In trying to cohesively describe the grammar of the language with a relatively small amount of recorded data, this project got me thinking about the availability of data for similarly understudied languages.

Additionally, I’ve been working on a sociolinguistic project in which we have recorded around 30 students who grew up in Georgia and attend my university. With the permission of these speakers, I posted recordings of them reading a one-page passage on Open Science Framework, which allows other researchers looking for recordings of Southerners to use ours for their own research. These recordings will be used in our own study to investigate the diversity of the Southern accent, and I hope they can one day be used by other researchers studying similar groups of speakers.

Between these two projects, I have learned that digital resources can greatly improve the availability of information, and this is especially helpful for studies of linguistic diversity. An increased amount of shared knowledge in this area would especially benefit the fields of descriptive linguistics and related language conservation and revitalization efforts.

Overall, across all the subfields of linguistics, I believe this sharing of knowledge will become increasingly important to the field moving forward, and I hope to work toward that as I go into graduate school in linguistics. I want to continue to help create digital resources for linguistic diversity by continuing to work with understudied languages like Tigrinya, whether that’s through descriptive linguistics or language conservation and revitalization.

******************************************************************

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

 

Featured Linguist: Naomi Nagy

For this week’s Featured Linguist post, we bring you some great work being done by Professor Naomi Nagy at the University of Toronto.
Be sure to check the link at the end since it contains the lion’s share of the information for this week’s post!

My need to understand how languages work in multilingual contexts goes back to my childhood. I remember learning that my hometown of Montreal was famous as a bilingual city. As a preschooler, I thought the two relevant languages were Hungarian and English – the languages I heard among family and friends. When I learned a few years later that it was actually French and English that “counted,” and that there was a long history of scholarship about how these language influence each other, my passion for linguistics was born. Today, I work with a vibrant group of students to document and examine Toronto’s heritage languages, as reported here [LINK: https://www.artsci.utoronto.ca/news/hong-kong-toronto-undergrad-researchers-study-variation-and-change-cantonese].”

Thanks for reading and if you want to donate to the LINGUIST List, you can do so here: https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/donate/

All the best,
– The LL Team

Challenge Update: Week 5

Hello LINGUIST Listers!

We hope your weekend is going well. Here is another challenges update. Since our last update we have gotten to 23.1%! What changes have we seen in the challenges?

For the Subfield Challenge, it looks like Syntax is set on keeping their first place spot with $1,580 in donations. Sociolinguistics is looking to catch up to Syntax, and they now have $1,100. The battle for first place is getting heated! We have an upset since our last update, Language Acquisition has surpassed Phonology with a total of $843.99 in donations!

The University of Southern Carolina also wants to keep their first place spot. They’re still in the lead in terms of the number of donations and in amount of money donated, with 11 donors and $915 respectively. LINGUIST List’s host university, Indiana University Bloomington, is still in second place with $385 in donations, which is unchanged from earlier this week. Also unchanged, we have the University of Surrey in third place with $250 donated. Will The University of Southern Carolina continue dominating the University Challenge, or will we see some action from other schools?

We’ve seen an increase in donors from North America for the Region Challenge. North America now has 75 donors. It looks like Europe wants to catch up though and they now have 47 donors. Asia has also increased their number of donors and now have 10!

Let’s see how this heats up! If you want to help your Subfield, University, or Region in this challenge, please consider donating to The LINGUIST List Fund Drive by visiting our website: https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/donate/

See you in a few days with the next challenge update!

Best,
The LL Team

Staff Letter: Sarah Robinson

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.

I’ve worked at LL for a couple years now, and it’s been an awesome opportunity. LL has been instrumental to my academic career–I came to my graduate program unfunded and tripled my student debt in less than a year. I got a graduate assistantship from LL in my second year and it saved me from having to drop out because of sheer financial pressure. What I mean to say is that LL is providing opportunities to graduate students like me who might otherwise have no way to participate in academia, and has been doing so for years. 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 now a member of the PhD program in the Linguistics Department at IU, as well as doubling in the Germanic Studies Department, while also working up a minor in cognitive science. Since starting my graduate program, I’ve been able to study Old Norse, Icelandic, Old High German, Old English, German, Gothic, ancient Germanic literature and philology, (can you tell I have a bit of a thing for historical linguistics and dead Germanic languages?), as well as branching out into Cognitive Science, in particular the intersections between cognitive linguistics, discourse analysis, and sociolinguistics. It’s a pretty broad range of topics, but the overlaps in subjects have made it possible for me to specialize in a really particular niche as well as building a strong background in a range of linguistic studies.

LL provides a specific and indispensable opportunity to its editors–since we interact with scholars all over the world in a huge range of specializations, and since our job involves functionally acting as a middle man for the fire-hose of academic literature and publications, we get a birds-eye-view of the trends in current linguistics in a wide range of specializations and subfields.

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. And it’s not just editors who work so hard to support the global linguistics community around here–keep an eye out for our WebDev team’s “fun facts” series on Tuesdays to learn more about all the services LL provides.

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

Daily Update: A Moment of Gratitude

Hello Linguist Listers,

We just wanted to take another moment to say thanks to all of you who have already donated.
Your donations not only allow us to keep the website growing and to maintain the community that we all share but they also allow our graduate students to continue their education and to keep the lights on!

We are making progress towards our goal and are currently sitting at 22.27% but we need your help to reach that next milestone at 30%. You may have heard it before but if all of our subscribers donated as little $5 we would be done with the fund drive today and could use that money to make further upgrades to the website for all of you. If you enjoy our content, please donate what you can. Any little bit helps.

All the best,
– The Linguist List Team

Fund Drive Lottery Update: Week 4

Admit One to the LINGUIST List Lottery

Dear LINGUIST Listers,

We are now into week 4 of our Fund Drive giveaways. More awesome prizes are coming your way! To enter into this week’s drawing, donate to our fund drive sometime between now and Friday, October 16. Prizes change each week so check back in to see what’s up for grabs.

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

****

Prizes for this week:

From Cambridge University Press:

(1) A one year, online only subscription to one of the following journals:

Language Teaching
https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/language-teaching

Journal of Linguistic Geography
https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/journal-of-linguistic-geography

2) A copy of one of the following books:

Ellis et al. | Task-Based Language Teaching (https://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/languages-linguistics/applied-linguistics-and-second-language-acquisition/task-based-language-teaching-theory-and-practice?format=PB)

Heine et al. | World Lexicon of Grammaticalization (https://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/languages-linguistics/historical-linguistics/world-lexicon-grammaticalization-2nd-edition?format=PB

From Multilingual Matters: one (1) lucky winner will be able to select a book of their choice.

****

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!

Next week will boast another huge list of possible prizes, 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