Author: Everett Green

Vacationing, the Linguistic Way

Cape Town, South Africa

Hello Linguist Listers,

The summer, along with our fund drive premiums, has come to an end. However, it’s never too early (or late) to begin planning your next vacation and as fellow linguists what better way to take a vacation than to visit a beautiful locale that just so happens to be rich with “linguistic opportunities.” Considering these facts, one might ask “How can I find such a place?” Well, our geoling service is perfect for the job. Not only does it provide an intuitive map view of the world but it also allows you to filter events based on what you’re interested in: summer schools, conferences, internships, or even jobs if you are interested in a longer term stay. On Monday, we will begin posting a few examples of these places for your enjoyment. In the meantime, have a great weekend!

Sincerely,

– The LINGUIST List Team

Kraina Lingwistyki

Drodzy lingwiści!

Polska jest bez wątpienia krajem językoznawców. Nieco ponad 150 osób w naszej bazie danych zarejestrowało swój profil, używając adresu w Polsce. Na naszej liście znajduje się 16 programów studiów językoznawczych i 35 instytucji zajmujących się w Polsce językiem i językoznawstwem, które przynajmniej raz umieściły ogłoszenie na LINGUIST List. LINGUIST List opublikowała od swojego początku 618 ogłoszeń o konferencjach językoznawczych w Polsce, w samym roku 2018 –  już 63. Łódź, Kołobrzeg, Kraków, Szklarska Poręba, Białystok, Szczyrk, Poznań, Katowice, Krosno, Krotoszyn, Warszawa, Lublin, Zielona Góra, Konin, Rzeszów, Wrocław, Piła, Dąbrowa Górnicza, Bielsko-Biała gościły w zeszłym roku językoznawców, niektóre z tych miast – wielokrotnie. Z radością informujemy o tej ożywionej działalności.

Czytelnicy w Polsce stanowią poważny procent wszystkich naszych użytkowników, więc zwracam się o pomoc po polsku. LINGUIST List w dużej mierze musi się sama utrzymywać – tylko dwóch z siedmiu (w tej chwili) redaktorów otrzymuje wynagrodzenie z funduszy naszego uniwersytetu, moderatorzy to wolontariusze, natomiast reszta działalności utrzymywana jest z darowizn i z tego, co wypracujemy. Dochód uzyskujemy z ogłoszeń o pracy i od wydawców, którzy poprzez LINGUIST List informują nas o nowych publikacjach w językoznawstwie, oraz z reklam. Jeśli chcemy jednak utrzymać kontrolę nad treściami, które publikujemy, nie możemy polegać wyłącznie na dochodzie z płatnych ogłoszeń. Z drugiej strony nie chcemy pobierać opłat za dostęp od czytelników, bo uważamy, że każdy ma prawo do informacji potrzebnej do rozwoju zawodowego i brak zasobów finansowych nie powinien być powodem wykluczenia ze wspólnoty akademickiej. Co nam pozostaje, to prosić o wsparcie tych, którzy mogą sobie na to pozwolić. Mamy rocznie prawie 3 miliony wizyt na naszej stronie internetowej (http://linguistlist.org)  (ponad  1,5 miliona indywidualnych czytelników). Prawie 75,000 ludzi śledzi LINGUIST List na Facebooku, Twitterze, Google+ i LinkedIn. Jeśli każdy użytkownik LINGUIST List, który może sobie na to pozwolić, wsparłby nas pięcioma dolarami,  szybko zebralibyśmy sumę potrzebną na to, żeby funkcjonować do następnej wiosny bez groźby, że w międzyczasie staniemy się niewypłacalni. Jeśli zależy Wam na tym, żeby LINGUIST List kontynuowała swoja działalność, bardzo prosimy o pomoc.

Z wyrazami szacunku i serdecznymi pozdrowieniami z upalnego Bloomington (IN)

– Małgosia Cavar

Checkpoint Complete!

Hello Linguist Listers,

Happy Tuesday and thank you for helping us get past the 80% checkpoint!

We’re currently sitting at 80.49% of our total goal and are hoping to make it to the next checkpoint: 90%. In total we still need $7804.63 but only $3804.63 to reach the next checkpoint. These numbers may seem a bit hefty but donations as small $3 and 5$ help move us closer to our goal and, in turn, closer to some new updates we have in the pipeline for all of you in the linguistics community. If you haven’t already, you should go back and check out our linguistics and pop culture posts as well. We have some good reads!

As usual, thanks for taking the time to keep up with all of us here at The LINGUIST List!

Sincerely,
The LINGUIST List Team

Letters from Lwin

Dear LINGUIST List subscribers,

Min Ga La Ba! I am Lwin Moe, a former programmer at LINGUIST List. I am currently writing this letter from my hometown in Burma (also known as Myanmar) with some limited Internet access to humbly ask for your continued support of LINGUIST List: https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/

As some of you might have noticed, I am no longer working for LINGUIST List even though I am sometimes helping Peace (our student programmer) remotely (with not-so-great Internet access in my hometown). I just want to let you know that I miss working for LL.

During the past 5 years or so, Damir and I migrated and upgraded our old server technology to current and more up-to-date setup with a limited personnel (mostly the two of us flexing our muscles). It was a lot of work since our crew was a lot smaller than a decade or so ago. But we did it.

I would like to plead with you to continue the support so that the new crew can continue upgrading the outdated web interface with the new one, and more user-friendly submission form.

In the next few weeks, I will be moving to Canada for a new chapter of my life. I wish the readers and LINGUIST List all the best in the coming years!

And please do not forget to support!
https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/

Thank you,
Lwin Moe

New Look, Same Great Content

Hello LINGUIST Listers!

As you may have noticed, our issues now have a new look and feel! The web development team has been hard at work these past few months converting all of our issues from the old, vintage style to a much cleaner and modern layout, and yesterday we finally rolled out the new issue generator to ensure all future postings use this new layout! You can check these out for yourselves by clicking on any of our issues here. The new layout style also means that issues are mobile-friendly and easier to read!

For our more tech-minded readers, you may also be interested to hear that our new layout also incorporates the latest standards for html tagging. This means that in the future, cataloguing and organizing issues will be much easier to automate. In other words, searching our site will be that much easier!

As always, we at the LINGUIST List are committed to serving and distributing high quality, relevant linguistic knowledge from around the world. All our issues are still being edited and posted by the same great team of LINGUIST List student editors.

Cheers!

Linguistically yours,
The LINGUIST List Team

The 80% Checkpoint

Hello again Linguist List Subscribers!

Thanks for stopping in to check out our blog. We’re still hovering around the 80% mark but we need your help to get over this bit of a hump. Our exact completion percentage is 79.26%. To reach 80% we only need $297.17. Please help us out by donating what you can (kudos to anyone who donates that exact amount). We are still working hard on improving the website for all of you so you can look forward to some cool new features in the near future!

If you can’t donate directly then consider using Amazon Smile. When you use Amazon Smile to shop online, Amazon donates a portion of your purchase to the eLinguistics Foundation, the non-profit behind the LINGUIST List. This helps us out and doesn’t cost you a thing. You can check out Amazon Smile here.

Sincerely,

The LINGUIST List Team

Fund Drive Donations at Work

Hello LINGUIST Listers!

Thanks again for checking out our blog! We’re coming up on 80% of our goal and we still need your help. We have over 30,000 subscribers and we have less than $10,000 left to finish the fund drive. If each of you donated as little as a dollar we would more than surpass our goal. All of these donations contribute to helping us make the website even more awesome for all of you. If you haven’t already, check out our new conference pages. We’ve updated them! This is just one example of your donations at work and we’ll be updating other parts of the website as time goes on as well.

If you’re short on funds and you still want to help us out here at the LINGUIST List then check out Amazon Smile. When you use Amazon Smile to shop online, Amazon donates a portion of your purchase to the eLinguistics Foundation, the non-profit behind the LINGUIST List. Of course, this doesn’t cost you a penny and every bit of help counts. You can check out the website here.

Thanks for taking the time to keep up with our day-to-day happenings and we will be sure to keep assisting the Linguistics community as best as we can.

Sincerely,

The LINGUIST List Team

Featured Staff: Meet Jeremy Coburn

Dear LINGUIST Listers,

My name is Jeremy Coburn and I am a GA editor for The LINGUIST List working on book announcements and review issues. I have the pleasure of working with some of the most prominent publishers in the world, e.g. Cambridge and Oxford University Presses, etc., to deliver publications on cutting-edge developments within the field of linguistics to you, our readers. My job is to ensure that the books we announce on LINGUIST List are current and relevant to you and your interests as a linguist by
vetting the hundreds of publications which are submitted to us each month for announcement. This means that when you receive a book announcement from The LINGUIST List, you know that what is being advertised is hand-selected for our linguistic audience.

On the reviews end of my work, I have the opportunity to work for and with many of you in connecting you with publishers to review their publications, thus further ensuring that the publications which pass through our site are of the highest quality we can offer. This gives LINGUIST List the unique opportunity to connect and unite linguists from across the globe in an open forum of peer review and collaboration to shape the field of linguistics, effectively creating a global community of cooperation which is largely absent from many other fields of scientific inquiry. And in that, the field of linguistics and speakers of language (humankind) benefits immensely. I am honored to assist, in my small way, in facilitating such intradisciplinary coordination.
Beyond my work at LINGUIST List, I am a second-year doctoral student at Indiana University pursuing a PhD in Linguistics with a concentration in African languages and linguistics. Having lived in East Africa for several years, I have developed a love for the linguistic diversity present in Africa and consequently focus my research on the description of underdocumented and/or underresourced languages, particularly in Tanzania. My current research is with the Hadzabe people of north-central Tanzania and I will be heading to the field in mid-July. I am a serious language enthusiast (my wife would say obsessive) and I
particularly enjoy phonology and morphology. It is not uncommon to often hear or see me making strange sounds to myself throughout the day as I think through some phonological issues in Hadza. It was really weird to my wife at first but I think she has gotten used to it at this point!

Speaking of my family, I have been married for four years now to my beautiful wife Lynzie and have two fantastic children. Our oldest, Ryker, is 2 1⁄2 years old and he recently got a little sister, Maiya, who is now just over a month old. My kids are the best and it is so much fun to get to see Ryker as he is acquiring language. There are many linguistic geek-out moments each day listening to him speak.

I would like to thank you, our readers, for all that you do for me and my family. You don’t know it but YOU are the reason why my kids are able to have a roof overhead and food in their stomachs. Many of you regularly donate to the LINGUIST List, which is wholly funded by your contributions, and thus are the reason why I have a Graduate Assistantship. When Lynzie and I began this crazy journey of graduate school, we had little more than the ambition to pursue a dream of studying the beautiful languages of Africa and trying to help the world in some small way. We moved to Bloomington, Indiana from Utah without any job or source of funding to pay from my studies. We didn’t know how we would pay for anything. But now, because of your support and contributions, I have a GA-ship with the LINGUIST List which covers my tuition costs and gives me enough money to feed my growing family. Please continue to support LINGUIST List as much as you are able because it does make a significant difference in the life of us, your fellow linguists. You can do that by donating to our fund drive.

Thank you again from Jeremy, Lynzie, Ryker and Maiya!

A Brief History of the LINGUIST List

Hello LINGUIST Listers,

Thanks again for visiting our blog!

Today, we would like to give you a little insight about the beginnings of the website. Did you know that the LINGUIST List was one of the first sites on the web? (You may have guessed as much from our “classic” layout). It was originally started in the year 1990 before web browsers (or the internet for that matter) had become popular among the general public. The website began its journey at the University of Western Australia with our founders, Professor Anthony Aristar and his wife, Professor Helen Aristar-Dry. Roughly one year later, the LINGUIST List made a quick move to Texas A&M University. The main editing site, however, was established at Eastern Michigan University where most of the life of the website has been centered. In 1994, the website already had over 5,000 subscribers. This may not sound like much nowadays but considering the relative number of internet users at the time, this was quite a lot! It was around this time that the LINGUIST List even held its own online conference. In the following years the LINGUIST List made a few more moves. In 1997 it moved away from Texas A&M to its own site, in 1998 a second editing site was established at Wayne State University, and in 2006 all of the LINGUIST List’s operations moved to Eastern Michigan University. Five years later in 2013, our original founders retired and handed off the reigns to our current moderators, Professors Damir and Malgorzata Cavar. Finally, in 2014, the LINGUIST List moved to Indiana University where it currently resides today.

Over this period of time the LINGUIST List has accumulated a number of useful resources, many of which we have detailed in some of our other blog posts. We are only able to offer these services, however, with the help of our generous community members like yourself. Our fund drive is currently ongoing and we need your help to continue making the linguistics community awesome. Your donations in particular strengthen the linguistics community by providing resources and valuable information to your fellow linguists. Join us in this endeavor by donating what you can today!

One of the oldest websites on the internet

With gratitude,

The LINGUIST List Team