Author: Damir Cavar

Featuring Jobs and Journals Editor: Amanda Foster!

Did you know that the LINGUIST List Jobs editor is French? Meet Amanda Foster, featured staff member of the week! Amanda edits Jobs and Student Support announcements (, as well as Table of Contents and Journal Calls for Papers from our Linguistic journals database, and she helps maintain the Publishers and Journals database ( She also edits any French submission that come our way 🙂 You can read where Amanda is from here:

And read a message from her right here – an insight into what it’s like working at the LINGUIST List! Consider supporting this Graduate Assistant by donating to the LINGUIST List:


Dear Subscribers and Followers,

Bonjour! My name is Amanda, I’m in the 2nd year (in the final stretch!) of my MA in Linguistics at Indiana University. I started at the LINGUIST List in Fall 2015, at that time I was paid hourly, but thanks to your donations last year, LINGUIST List was able to hire me as a Graduate Assistant here in Fall 2016! I am writing to you to show you how much impact LINGUIST List has already had on my own life, so that you may see how far even the small donations you make can go.

First of all, I would like to express my deep gratitude to those of you who donated last year. When I started the program in Fall 2015, I was not financially sure that I would be able to continue past my first year into the program, in order to graduate. The fact that LINGUIST List was able to hire four GAs instead of 2 is a direct consequence of your donations.

Let me tell you how I got acquainted with LINGUIST List for the very first time, as an Undergraduate student back home. I am originally from France (right here:, and at the time I was looking for a university program that could match my interest. That’s how I found Indiana University, from the student portal: LINGUIST List also helped me find my
very first Internship  through the Student portal, and today as I prepare to begin my professional career, I am so thankful for the Jobs and Student Support pages of the website! (

Being an editor at LINGUIST List benefits me more than financially. Every day, as I edit your submissions, I am able to gain a closer understanding of the field of Linguistics.

But my favorite part about working at the LINGUIST List is that it provides a connection between linguists from around the globe, and working here enables me to be part of this community. This is such an incredible opportunity: as we all strive towards the common goal of reaching a better understanding of our world and the people who inhabit it, we are actually able to connect with each other at more than a theorical level. By donating, you enable us to provide the means to support this worldwide community.

Your donation, however small or large, has the potential to affect so many lives: those of researchers around the world who use LINGUIST List, perhaps your own research, and certainly my own life.

So, thank you for your ongoing, vital support. Please consider donating today:


The Second Lottery is now Open!

Congratulations to our winner of the First 2017 LINGUIST List Lottery: Professor Thorsten Schröter ! You have won the book of your choice published by Multilingual Matters. Thank you – and thank all of you – for your last week’s donations!

We are now announcing the opening of our 2nd LINGUIST List 2017 Lottery! This week, there will be not one, but TWO WINNERS! Donate before Wednesday, March 15th, for a chance to win Literacy, the second volume of the Encyclopedia of Language and Education published by Springer, or for another chance to win the book of your choice by Multilingual Matters!

For every 10 dollars donated, your name enters an additional time into the competition. Thanks for supporting us, and good luck!

Have you heard about Ask-A-Ling?

Ask-A-Linguist is a discussion board run by the LINGUIST List that allows
non-linguistic people to ask questions that are relevant to the field of
linguistics. However, it’s often home to questions and answers that are
fascinating to linguists as well. What do you think of the discussions going
on here?

Does anyone have know an answer for this this excellent question?

I, Ken, moderate this discussion board and I’m always intrigued by the question that
are asked. Dig around and see what people want to know!

If you like what you see, don’t forget that we’re only able to provide these
services with support from people like you. Consider donating to the current
LINGUIST List funddrive campaign at

Featuring a LINGUIST List staff member: Kenneth Steimel!

All these emails about Conference that you receive everyday in your email box…Do you ever wonder who is the link behind the scenes, between the organisers and the potential participants? Meet our Calls and Confs Editor, Kenneth Steimel! Find out about his hometown over here:

and find out a little bit about himself right here – an insight into a LINGUIST List editor’s life!

Dear LINGUIST List subscribers,

My name is Kenneth Steimel and I am one of the 5 student editors here at the LINGUIST List. I am a PhD student at Indiana University as well. I edit Calls for Papers, Conferences, Media, Software and Ask-a-linguist. Working for the LINGUIST List has allowed me to pursue my graduate studies. I would not be able to afford my degree without the support of this organization. Since subscribers like you support the LINGUIST List, I am very thankful to all of you. 

As we move further into 2017, we need your support again. Without your donations, it becomes hard for us to sustain the services we provide. If you think we provide a meaningful service, please show your appreciation with a contribution. I know everyone here greatly appreciates your donations. Without the support you provide, we would not be able to support graduate assistants like myself who read and edit each post to keep the quality of content high. Truly, thank you. 

Your Call & Conference Editor

Check out upcoming surprises on the LINGUIST List!

Hello LINGUIST Listers,

This year, we have a few surprises awaiting you in our Fund Drive – indeed, we think you will find it very fun! Keep reading our messages to get the latest updates on challenges, prizes, and some exciting new games, including a global scavenger hunt… trust us, you won’t want to miss out! To give you a flavor of the upcoming events, this year’s theme is: Putting Linguistics on the Map for 27 Years!
First of all, we have just proclaimed the annual LINGUIST-List Challenge season open!  As part of our Fund Drive, every year we launch a world-wide contest of the most collectively generous donnors, which unfolds into four parts:

– The Countries Challenge:
– The Regions Challenge:
– The University Challenge:
– The SubField Challenge:

Each and every one of you is guaranteed to fall into one of these contestant categories. Now the question is: are you ready to take part in the challenge? Who will be the 2017 LINGUIST List Challenge Champions?


Second, We are excited to announce the beginning of this year’s first round of the LINGUIST List Fund Drive Lottery! Between today and Wednesday, March 5th, donate and you will be entered to win a prize donated by one of our supporting publishers: one book of your choice from the Multilingual Matters online catalog! Your name is entered once for every $10 donation, so the more you donate, the greater your chance to win! Check out Multilingual Matters’ website (, and then head over to our fund drive webpage, and enter for your chance to win!


We leave you – for now, but we’ll be back soon with a new round of games – with a first taste of our appreciation for your donations – our new Premiums!  Don’t wait another second to check out our Fund Drive website, and to contribute to our cause!

Thank you for your support!

Your devoted LINGUIST List team


The LINGUIST List Fun(d) Drive has now begun!


Dear Colleagues,

It’s Spring again, and time to support the LINGUIST List, your linguistic news channel, providing verified and reliable information, your daily portion of – relatively – light entertainment, for some – a forum for discussion, for some – a bridge to the world, for some – a foot in the door to the career as a linguist or language professional. We have readers in all countries of the world and we span across linguistic disciplines. All year round we, the editors, try to be invisible and simply provide a good service. Today I would like to call for donations to the LINGUIST List.

Linguist List has served you since December 1990. It started as a mailing list, but as the internet and the digital media have changed over the years, so did the LINGUIST List. If you only read the emails sent through the mailing list, you miss out on so much. Just a couple of days ago we broke 50 thousand followers on social media. That’s a lot of people interested in linguistics! We are a huge community. We strive to keep up with technology and we keep introducing new services. Last year we launched GeoLing (, displaying linguistically relevant points on an interactive map. And if you don’t want to bother reading, just ask Amazon Alexa! Alexa knows everything published on the LINGUIST List.

As a matter of principle, we do not charge membership fees from the users. We believe that the financial support to the LINGUIST List needs to remain totally voluntary. However, our operations cost real money. We pay for our web servers, we pay a salary to a programmer, we pay tuitions, health insurance and modest salaries to the students of linguistics who, as editors, work on your submissions on a daily basis. To serve you in the best way we can, to continue distributing linguistic news, to update the webpages and stay abreast with the latest technology – we need your donations. All those who can afford it and want to support the linguistic community world-wide, now you have a chance to do so.

Please support the LINGUIST List. Donate now!

-Malgosia Cavar and the LINGUIST List Team


LINGUIST List Internships 2017

The LINGUIST List invites undergraduate and graduate students as well as particularly motivated senior high school students to the 2017 summer internship program.

Interns at LINGUIST List have the opportunity to participate in the daily operations of the LINGUIST List, including editing submissions to the LINGUIST List and correspondence with linguists.

Apart from that interns will have the opportunity to work under the supervision of local or visiting faculty at The LINGUIST List on concrete research projects related to language and STEM sub-disciplines, language documentation, as well as engineering of software solutions and algorithms, mathematical concepts and methods, and technologies related to speech and language data.

Depending on individual interests or skills interns can get involved in the following LINGUIST List related projects for a certain proportion of their work time:

  • GeoLing: A web-application that maps LINGUIST List events, institutions, resources on a GIS system for mobile devices and access
  • Voice interface: Development of dialogs and speech interfaces for use with Amazon Echo/Alexa, Google Home, Cortana, etc. to provide LINGUIST List information over these voice systems/interfaces, develop new linguistic “skills” and extend existing ones
  • Improvement of the new LINGUIST List website and content, applications like Ask-a-Ling, and new services and applications


Interns will get an opportunity to also work with:

For more information on the specific projects read about them on the specific pages and visit our “Get Involved” site.


Thierry Declerck visiting the LINGUIST List

Thierry Declerck

Thierry Declerck

We were happy to have Thierry Declerck from the DFKI here in Bloomington over the last weeks. He writes:

“I have been visiting the Indiana University on the occasion of a workshop on Corpora in the Digital Humanities that I co-organised with Sandra KĂĽbler.  At the same time I was very happy to follow an invitation by Damir Cavar to visit the office of the LINGUIST List and to discuss issues related to the topics of the workshop, especially in the field of low-resourced languages, and how to make resources for such languages available and more visible. Damir made an impressive presentation of the use and adaptation of recent speech technology products (e.g. Amazon Echo/Alexa, Google Home) for accessing information available at the LINGUIST List (including information about conferences, workshops, jobs, or notes on language resources and technologies).

Thanks for hosting me and for the discussions we also had in the days following the workshop and my first visit at the LINGUIST List offices and hoping to continue the exchanges.”

Thierry Declerck


The LINGUIST List Team at the LSA Annual Meeting 2017 in Austin, Texas

The LINGUIST List team at the booth at LSA Annual Meeting in Austin, demonstrating GeoLing, Alexa’s Flash Briefing LINGUIST List module, and many other new projects…



This is probably the first time that LINGUIST List posts have been edited and approved on the highway while driving from Bloomington, IN, to Austin, TX.

At the conference:



LINGUIST List on Amazon Echo / via Alexa

Dear linguists,

Alexa (Amazon Echo) just got a new Flash Briefing channel. You can add The LINGUIST List Flash Briefing with your Alexa app to your Amazon Echo (Dot) or Tap. The new settings will allow you to select most recent postings or the newest postings in any of the LINGUIST posting areas (e.g. Books, Calls, Conferences, Disc, Diss, FYI, Internships, Jobs, Media, Qs, Reviews, Software, Summer schools, Sums, Support, TOC).

Once you added The LINGUIST List Flash Briefing to your Echo, you can activate the LINGUIST List postings with “What’s new?” or other commands.

We will add more functionalities to Alexa and extend these functionalities to Cortana and Google Home/Assistant.

Have fun with that!

Your LINGUIST List Team