Month: February 2014

Race for the CUP: Win Journals from Cambridge University Press!

Dear LINGUIST List Readers,

Now that we’re in week two of our Fund Drive, we’re happy to announce that our first prize this week will go to two winners! Donate today by 11:59 p.m. and be eligible to win a one year’s subscription to any three language and linguistics journals, kindly donated by Cambridge University Press!

Whether you’re interested in theoretical or applied linguistics, there’s something for everyone. And with your pick of three journals, you won’t be short of reading material! But you can only win if you donate:

And with a donation of $35 USD or more, you’re guaranteed to walk away with a great premium:

Good luck!

-The LINGUIST List Crew

10 Winners for Today’s Prize: Brill-iant!

Dear LINGUIST List Subscribers,

Today we have another great prize that you can win from one of LINGUIST List’s Supporting Publishers.

Brill is offering 10 copies of Eight Decades of General Linguistics (Paperback edition)–a collection of conference papers written by some of the top names in linguistics–to be rewarded to 10 people who donate. See the book description and its contents in the link below:

The winners will be selected at random from the people who donate today. Donate now, any amount, and get a chance to win a copy of Eight Decades of General Linguistics. You can donate by going to this link:

Also, if you donate $35 or more, you are eligible to get one of our premiums:

Good luck!

– The LINGUIST List Crew

The Heart of LINGUIST List Is Its People

Dear LINGUIST List Readers,

We all know that behind everything in the world stands people. Everything in the world was once created by someone: the phone that you have in your pocket, the TV that you watch every day, your favorite website that you go to for the information you need. All that was created by people, and all that was once just someone’s idea, the idea that someone thought could one day grow into something big.

So was the LINGUIST List. And now it is the world’s largest online source for the academic field of linguistics. But we don’t want to stop at this point. We have many ideas on how to improve our site and make it even better and more convenient for the linguists of the world. I know that this is true, because I am one of the LINGUIST Listers. Let me tell you a little bit more about myself and how I encountered the LINGUIST List for the first time.

My name is Uliana, I come from Russia and I joined the LINGUIST List as a Graduate Assistant in September of 2012.

I visited the LINGUIST List in the fall of 2011 during my summer trip to the USA. I got the chance to see how the LINGUIST List works from the inside and meet the people that post linguistics jobs, build language trees for MultiTree, create digital language maps for LL-MAP, work on lexicons for LEGO. I was introduced to the projects, their developers and participants. Never will I forget the first impression that I got about the LINGUIST List: it was about the people. I met a group of highly-motivated professors and students who strive to contribute to the word of linguistics, people who are ready to share their knowledge with the world and learn.

And later on I got the opportunity to join this unique team and become one of the LINGUIST Listers. So right now I work for several projects such as MultiTree, the Endangered Languages Catalogue, and LL-MAP, I also post Job Announcements in the Job area of the site.

I have been on the LINGUIST List team for over a year and let me tell you something, it was one of the best years of my life! I don’t remember a single day when I didn’t learn something new in the LINGUIST List. I’m surrounded by the most enthusiastic and devoted people; each and every one of them is smart, intelligent and creative. It is a real team – a team of people that work really hard together to contribute every day to the development of the site and its services with their great ideas, suggestions and work performance. But what matters most is that together with you and other LINGUIST List readers we create a colossal linguistics society where we can search or post jobs, conferences and linguistics events; we can inquire about endangered languages of the word, compare languages and language families on MultiTree and then check those on LL-MAP and more.

And we can do all that and will be able to do even more because the LINGUIST List is moving along with the rest of the world and we are working hard to implement new technologies into our services. But we do need your support to make them available for you and every other linguist.

So, I’m asking you today, please donate. Your donation will help us to improve the LINGUIST List and its services for you and your convenience. And it doesn’t matter if what you can donate today is just $5. What matters is that we all are linguists and we all live our academic or non-academic linguistics world. So donating to the LINGUIST List you will contribute to the development of the linguistics society of the world and help make it better.

Thank you for supporting the LINGUIST List!

With sincere gratitude,

Uliana Kazagashea

It’s All About the (John) Benjamins: Today’s Fund Drive Prize!

Dear LINGUIST List Readers,

It’s a brand new day and during Fund Drive that means there’s a brand new opportunity to win some fantastic prizes! All you have to do is make a donation of $5 USD or more before by 11:59 p.m. EST, and you’ll be in the running to win a one year subscription to the John Benjamins linguistic journal of your choice:

Interested in Syntax? Sociolinguistics? Historical Linguistics? Whatever your chosen discipline, John Benjamins has a journal for you. Donate now to win!

And, if you make your donation at least $35 USD, you’re guaranteed to walk away with one of our fantastic premiums:

Good luck!

-The LINGUIST List Crew

Gotta Guess ’em All: Win a Free Journal from Elsevier!

Dear LINGUIST List Readers,

We know many of you would have loved to grab a year’s subscription to one of Elsevier’s journals, but simply didn’t have the means to be the top donor in yesterday’s contest. Well you’re in luck, because we’re offering a chance for not one, but four people to walk away with a year’s subscription to one of the following journals:

  •  Assessing Writing
  • Computers and Composition
  • Discourse, Context & Media
  • English for Specific Purposes
  • Journal of Communication Disorders
  • Journal of English for Academic Purposes
  • Journal of Fluency Disorders
  • Journal of Phonetics
  • Journal of Pragmatics
  • Journal of Second Language Writing
  • Language and Communication
  • Language Sciences
  • Lingua
  • Linguistics and Education
  • System

And the best news? No donation is required to be entered to win! Instead, you’ll have to rely on your crafty linguist skills to be in the running!

Head to our Music Corner on the Fund Drive Site ( and listen to this year’s Fund Drive Song, which features choruses in multiple languages. Send your list of languages (we’ll give you a hint: English is one of them) to [email protected] with the subject line “Fund Drive Language Contest”, and if you guess them all, you might be one of four people who wins it big! We’ll be announcing the winners next week!

And don’t forget, you can always donate $35 USD or more to grab a guaranteed premium!

Happy Guessing!

The LINGUIST List Crew

LINGUIST List: Fostering Collaboration and Academics

Dear Subscribers,

My name is Alex Isotalo and I was born and raised in Southeastern Michigan. During my undergraduate experience at Eastern Michigan University, I was surrounded by bright and talented students who echoed tales of “The Linguist List.” There seemed to be a congregation of the most ambitious students of linguistics residing in one place on campus. When I finally visited ILIT in the Cooper building on campus, there was a tangible kindness in the air, and I realized why so many students had fluently praised this wonderful organization.

After a rigorous final semester and an honors achievement from the English department alongside the esteemed Brent Woo, I was invited to the M.A. program in Linguistics as a graduate assistant for Fall 2013 here at EMU. With great honor and excitement, I accepted an internship at ILIT for the summer of 2013 and finally have a chance to establish my own presence to The LINGUIST List. Without the generous funding from our supporters, none of this would be possible for me.

I am currently an editor of Ask-a-Linguist, Queries, Summaries, Discussions and Notice Board for The LINGUIST List website, and a team leader of LL-MAP. I absolutely love working with my colleagues, and couldn’t imagine an alternative that would be more fruitful for my academic career. This non-profit organization depends greatly on the kind contributions from our dedicated subscribers, and without you, The LINGUIST List would cease to exist. Please support our long-established services and donate.

You can donate here by following this link:

Sincere Thanks,
Alex Isotalo

Win the Collected Works of M.A.K. Halliday! Donate today!

Dear LINGUIST List Readers,

Another day, another prize! For the second prize of this year’s Fund Drive, we are proud to introduce the Collected Works of M.A.K. Halliday, from Bloomsbury Publishing. You can see the contents of this book here: (

To enter to win the Collected Works of M.A.K. Halliday, just donate any amount to LINGUIST and then sign up for Bloomsbury’s e-newsletter, by sending an email to [email protected] with “Halliday” in the subject line. This contest will run for the duration of Fund Drive 2014, and at the end of Fund Drive, the names of those who donate will be gathered into a drawing and the winner will be selected at random.

With titles covering applied linguistics, theoretical linguistics, TESOL, language studies and stylistics, Bloomsbury Linguistics provides authoritative and innovative resources for instructors, students, researchers, professionals and the general reader.

Donate for your chance to win!

In addition to signing up for Bloomsbury’s generous contribution to our Fund Drive, if you donate at least $35 or more, you can have your pick of our fun premiums:

Good luck!

– The LINGUIST List Crew


Our First Featured Linguist: Martin J. Ball

As our Fund Drive goes on, every week we are going to present you a Featured Linguist from the current TraveLing region of the world. As our first region is Eastern North America, please welcome our Featured Linguist from this region – Martin J. Ball. See below what Martin has to say about his career and love for linguistics.

Linguist Martin Ball

Linguist Martin Ball

Biography, by Martin J. Ball

I was born in the heart of Welsh-speaking Wales (Tywyn in Meirionydd), but my family moved to southern England not long afterwards. This move was a cause of some dismay to me when I first became aware of other languages (I started French in primary school – so quite early on!). I was really miffed that we hadn’t stayed long enough for me to acquire this interesting language. So, from the age of 11 or so, I set to with a Teach Yourself Welsh book, BBC Radio Wales courses (which you could hear even in Exeter, Devon), and much later on an intensive Wlpan course in Cardiff. So, starting on a journey of learning ‘iaith yr angylion’ led me to an interest in other languages. Like others who have written for this feature, I became a devourer of language manuals from the local library, and eventually discovered books on linguistics.

My undergraduate degree was in Linguistics and English literature at what was then the University College of North Wales, Bangor, and is now Bangor University. I studied under great teachers such as Alan Thomas, Ken Albrow, Robert Owen Jones and Tony Bladon. These scholars fostered a particular interest in phonetics and sociolinguistics in me. I determined to follow up my undergraduate degree with further studies in these areas, and took up a place on the Master’s program in Linguistics and Phonetics at the University of Essex, under the excellent leadership of Mark Tatham and Kate Morton. I was lucky enough also to meet Chris Code at this time, then a fellow student on the Master’s program. He is now a leading aphasiologist; back then, he helped introduce me to the field of communication disorders, and he has remained a lifelong friend and academic collaborator.

Almost immediately I finished at Essex I was offered an assistant lectureship in linguistics at a university in Libya. An interesting year spent deep in the Sahara was followed by the offer of a lectureship at the Cardiff School of Speech Therapy – a chance to get back to Wales couldn’t be missed! Here I was able to combine my academic interests in Welsh and in communication disorders. Indeed, as the program was about to undergo accreditation I had to immerse myself into the then relatively new field of clinical linguistics. Luckily, I got help from the writings of David Crystal (later, I was lucky enough to meet and collaborate with David), and from meetings with Pam Grunwell – a pioneer in the field of clinical phonetics and phonology. So, by the early eighties I felt I had a grip on teaching clinical linguistics and phonetics and therefore enrolled part-time in a doctoral program at University College Cardiff (now Cardiff University). I was fortunate to have Prof Glyn Jones as my Advisor – one of the most influential linguists working on Welsh of recent times. He was not only a great mentor and friend, but patiently helped correct my Welsh on those occasions that I ventured to present papers at conferences or prepare articles for publication in the language. My dissertation was a sociolinguistic study of the initial consonant mutation system of modern spoken Welsh. In the mid-eighties I attended a conference on minority languages held at the National University of Ireland in Galway. There I met my future wife, Nicole Müller, who was a scholar of medieval Irish and Welsh – but later also became a clinical linguist. We have clearly started a trend of moving from Celtic to Clinical!

In the late eighties I spent a few years teaching at what is now the University of Glamorgan, and in 1992 I moved to the University of Ulster. There I was promoted in quick succession to Reader then full Professor. I had the opportunity to become course director of a brand new program in Linguistics that ran alongside the Speech Pathology program. By the late nineties I was based in Ireland (though my interests were in Welsh), and my wife held a post at Cardiff University Wales (though her interests were in Irish)! So, to solve this dilemma we both moved to Lafayette, Louisiana! Instrumental in this move was our friend Jack Damico, and we have been able to collaborate with him on various projects, including articles, books, a book series and a journal.

Here at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette we have undergraduate, Master’s, and doctoral programs in Communication Disorders. The ability to work with doctoral students interested in clinical linguistics has been especially rewarding. I’m also co-editing two journals, and two book series with colleagues here and elsewhere in Louisiana, and these keep me busy! However, linguistics isn’t all I have time for – as the photo shows, I also like preserved railways. I’m on the footplate of a steam locomotive on the Lynton and Barnstaple Railway in north Devon, England, in the picture. (Yes, academics are just like the characters in the ‘Big Bang Theory’…) I’ve just accepted the position of professor of Clinical Linguistics and Phonetics at Linköping University in Sweden – so I’m returning to Europe with a new language to learn!

It’s a long way from ‘Teach Yourself Welsh’ to professor of clinical linguistics, and I have to admit to fair amount of being in the right place at the right time. But, mostly it was having the good fortune to have good teachers and good mentors, and parents able to help me through college and graduate school!

Martin J. Ball

LINGUIST List Needs Your Support

Dear Colleagues,

As you all know, Helen and I retired from LINGUIST last year. It was very hard to separate ourselves from an organization we had put so much effort into; but we had reached the point when we could reasonably say that a time had come when we should hand things over to someone different, and younger. Damir Cavar was our choice, and we are very happy he agreed to take LINGUIST over.

Because of that transition, however, there was no Fund Drive last year, and LINGUIST now very much needs your help. It needs to make up the shortfall so that it can continue to serve you as it has for so many years.

I don’t think I need to remind you of the services that LINGUIST provides. It’s the main place where linguists go to find jobs. It’s your source for information on new books, on the details of conferences, on new initiatives in the discipline. More reviews of linguistic books are published by it than by any other publication. I doubt that any of you would be happy if all this ended.

This year is one that harbingers so many changes in LINGUIST. The complete Multitree database and interface will be available on mobile devices this year. The LINGUIST team is working on a complete revision of the whole site which will make it much more efficient and modern. This will include new versions of the site in German, French, Chinese and Arabic.

I would like to urge you to donate to LINGUIST this year, therefore, and preserve this organization and its work. The money is urgently needed, and your help will be much appreciated by the entire discipline.

The best way to contribute is through the eLinguistics Foundation. This is a new organization that was set up last year for the express purpose of supporting LINGUIST, and thus linguistic infrastructure for our discipline. It then became the owner of all the intellectual property rights to the LINGUIST name and to the websites which LINGUIST runs. This is now a US-recognized tax-exempt 501(c)(4) entity, and can accept donations for LINGUIST, not just through a credit card, but also through Paypal. All such donations will thus be tax-deductible in the US. We hope to set up similar arrangements in other countries.

Please donate! LINGUIST needs your help!

Anthony Aristar

LINGUIST List Moderator (retired)

LINGUIST List Needs Your Help!

Dear Colleagues,

After two years of service since the last fund drive in 2012, and many new developments, The LINGUIST List is asking for your help again.

During only the last two years we have posted more than 10,000 issues. We have more than 25,000 subscribers to the list. Per MONTH more than 200,000 individual visitors read your posts on the LINGUIST List page. In the year 2013 the LINGUIST List website had more than 1,200,000 unique visitors and more than 5,000,000 visits. More than 100 million hits per year have reached our servers, and almost 6 TB of content have been sent out to the world. All job advertisements, book announcements or reviews have been disseminated via Twitter. News and information has been made available on the LINGUIST blog and social media like Facebook or Google+. This was an exciting time, and we are looking forward to provide you with more opportunities and ways to find out about conferences, internships, jobs, or new publications.

As you all know, the last LINGUIST fund drive was in 2012. Fund Drive 2014 is finally coming up.

We are asking you for your help. The LINGUIST List is a community funded organization. It is made possible by your donations and support. Your donations support directly the student editors who make sure that your postings are send out in time and published on the web. The LINGUIST List does not receive any state or government support, it is made possible by volunteers, supporting publishers, paid job advertisements, and in particular your generous donations and the numerous student editors. You make The LINGUIST List possible.

Please join us on a new journey around the globe in the next weeks. The TraveLing pages are up. We hope that you will enjoy the trip, and please do support LINGUIST List.

The LINGUIST team has prepared the web pages that will enable your TraveLing at the following URL:

New information and pages might emerge there during the fund drive, many surprises can be expected. The LINGUIST team has prepared some exciting stuff. Please stay tuned.

Let me point out some new features: We provide a new additional PayPal donation interface on the fund drive page. This method allows you to donate directly to the eLinguistics Foundation (an American 501(c)(3) non-profit organization) that is set up to support the LINGUIST List student editors.

Thank you for your help and support.

Best Wishes,