Author: amanda

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

#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

Top 10 Non-USA Universities in Donations to the LINGUIST List

Dear Linguists of the world,

In our recent Challenge updates, we’ve focused on the top Universities to have collectively donated to the LINGUIST List. Most of these are in the USA. But in so doing we feel that we have left out a very important part of our donors, who deserve a special thanks. Today, we are publicly announcing our gratitude to the people who have collectively donated from their non-USA Universities to the LINGUIST List! Here is the current top 10.

A special acknowledgement goes out from us to our most generous University, North-West University, South Africa, who is the only represented Campus from Africa on our donation page as well as being the one with the highest donation outside of the USA (and in front of many USA universities, Number 6 overall)!

1) North-West University, Potchefstroom and Vaal Triangle campuses, South Africa
2) University of Toronto, Canada
3) Simon Fraser University, Canada
4) Carleton University, Canada
5) Universität Konstanz, Germany
6) Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
7) University of Kaiserslautern, Germany
8) University of Potsdam, Germany
9) University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU, Spain
10) Universität Innsbruck, Austria

Don’t forget that you can still add to these numbers, and to the other Universities, by donating on this page: https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/

Thank you to our very international donors! We are excited to see that our small office in Indiana reaches out the entire world. If you haven’t already, please consider joining this global project!

https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/

— the LINGUIST List team

Try your wits with some SpecGram puzzles!

Have you tried your wits yet in our Puzzle of the week?

There’s still time to win some Speculative Grammarian gear! On GeoLing (http://geoling.linguistlist.org/), visit the scenic island location mentioned in a Linguimerick in the March 2017 issue of Speculative Grammarian for the first clue!

If you missed our first game announcement, with more details, you can find it here: https://blog.linguistlist.org/uncategorized/travel-the-globe-with-us-once-again/

And for some additional fun that is not related to the game, here is a Linguimerick specially provided to us by SpecGram:

There once was a List named LINGUÍST
That featured a cool little twist:
’Twas made for those nerds
who’re in love with words.
Now give ’em cash—hand over fist!
—α-Betty Abū Gida

PS: If you felt moved by the above poem, now longing to contribute to our cause, you can visit this link: http://funddrive.linguistlist.org/

Featuring: Yue Chen, LINGUIST List Editor

This week, we’re featuring Yue Chen, one of the five LINGUIST List Editors! Yue Chen comes all the way from China (find out all about her home town here ). By donating to the LINGUIST List (http://funddrive.linguistlist.org/donate/), you are directly impacting her academic career, by providing her with the support she needs to complete her studies. Here follow a few words from her to you:

 

Dear LINGUIST List subscribers,

My name is Yue Chen and I am one of the editors at the LINGUIST List. When you read about summer schools, FYIs, institutions and programs, or reset your password on LL, I am the human machine behind them. 🙂

I am an international student from Chengdu, China, currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Computational Linguistics at Indiana University. (Want to learn more about my hometown? Here it is: http://funddrive.linguistlist.org/pages/YueChen/) As you probably know, higher education in the US is expensive, especially for international students. Thanks to the LINGUIST List, I was offered an assistantship and was able to afford my (upcoming) Ph.D. degree.

This would not have happened without your generous donation. Thank you!

It is with your help that we can make the LINGUIST List a better service and Linguistics a even better discipline. Thank you!

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

Yours sincerely,
Yue Chen

Featuring LL Programmer: Lwin Moe!

This week, we’re putting in the spot light a key person at LINGUIST List, the  glue that holds us all together: our programmer Lwin Moe! Of course, we editors review all your submissions and make sure the wheels of LINGUIST List are in motion, but without Lwin, those wheels would be pretty rusty – we couldn’t do a thing!

Did you know that the LINGUIST List website was coded from scratch over the years since the 90’s by some Linguistics students? (some of our history can be found here: http://linguistlist.org/about.cfm#history) That just tells you how much hard work Lwin puts into maintaining and updating our website and listserv – and all kinds of other projects hosted here at the LINGUIST List!

Visit Lwin’s home town in Burma and read a few words from him to you:

Dear LINGUIST List subscribers,

I would humbly ask for your support to help run LINGUIST List. Please donate at https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/donate

The LINGUIST team works hard all year round to send you edited and timely information on conferences, jobs and all things linguistic. Right before the Fund Drive 2017 started back in March, I was up until 2 AM because of a problem in automatically sending out LINGLITE (our daily summary) when we switched the LINGUIST server from the old machine to a new and faster one. LINGLITE was sent out twice, and the content was all messed up. It happened for two days in a row even though the content was fine when we manually triggered to send it out. We later found out that it was due to a known issue in the server software we used. Incidents like this remind us that there are humans behind the smooth and professional operation for LL.

Our student editors work diligently to make sure that subscribers receive high quality content every day. Please help us so we can continue to provide this valuable service to the linguistic community worldwide. Your donations, no matter how small, matter for us to survive. Please help us run this operation! Remember, this donation will benefit you also by allowing us to continue serving you.

Here is the link to donate if you would like to do so:
https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/donate

Thank you,
Lwin Moe