Author: Joshua Sims

Fund Drive Lottery: Week 2

WEEK 1 WINNERS HAVE BEEN SELECTED! Thank you to all who have donated!

The first week of our 2021 Fund Drive is in the books and we have drawn last week’s winners from the pool of our gracious donors. If your name is drawn you will be contacted by us to collect your prize.

To enter into this week’s drawing, donate to our fund drive sometime between now and Friday, October 1. Prizes change each week so check back every week to see what’s up for grabs.

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

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THIS WEEK’S PRIZES:

From Cambridge University Press:

(1) A one year, online only subscription to any CUP linguistics journal (5 winners to be selected)

(2) A copy of the following books:

Stollznow — On the Offensive (https://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/languages-linguistics/sociolinguistics/offensive-prejudice-language-past-and-present?format=PB)

Bruhn/Schwieter — Introducing Linguistics (https://www.cambridge.org/gb/academic/subjects/languages-linguistics/english-language-and-linguistics-general-interest/introducing-linguistics-theoretical-and-applied-approaches?format=PB)

From Wiley:

Applying Phonetics: Speech Science in Everyday Life by Murray J. Munro – 978-1-119-16454-8

Wiley is also offering 20% of Wiley linguistics books to all LINGUIST List users! Use the discount code HSS20 before October 31, 2021, to redeem this exclusive offer.

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The giveaways have only just begun! We have many more exciting offers coming your way this Fund Drive. Our supporting publishers share our vision and aim to bring linguists around the world together via the LINGUIST List.

We thank you for letting us be a part of your life and for your continued support! Every dollar donated is deeply appreciated.

With gratitude,

– Your LINGUIST List team

Challenge Update: Sept 27

Dear all,

The first week of the 2021 Fund Drive is behind us. As of today, there is $6,856.00 in the Fund Drive account. These contributions have come from over one hundred generous individuals who decided to take the future of the LINGUIST List in their hands! This is a little over 17% of this year’s fund-raising goal of $40,000.  The current amount is regularly updated on our website: https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/. Our hearts are truly warmed by your generosity – a huge thanks to all donors and supporters. If we continue at this tempo, the Fund Drive will be over within 5 weeks!

Last week, our biggest donators were the sociolinguists. This week, the first place in the subfield challenge goes to: Syntax! They have a small lead, and it is clear that with a couple of donations, sociolinguistics may easily take over. Applied linguistics is in third but we definitely see the capacity to move upwards.

As for the university challenge, the University of South Carolina has continuously held the leadership since last week. The University of South Carolina leads both in terms of the combined amount of support but also in terms of number of donors (eight!). The second place goes to Temple University at Japan, secured by one generous donation! In terms of number of donors, the second place goes to the University of Oslo, the home university of three of our consistent supporters. Thank you! To all those who have not yet had a chance to donate – let’s not drag our feet, put your university at the top of the list! For the updates, check https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/university/ .

Most donations come from North America and Europe, but linguists are everywhere. Where are our donors? Check this out: https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/country/

The full list of supporters in this year’s Fund Drive, regularly updated, can be found here: https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/supporters/ Thank you, linguistics!

Please, if you can, donate! Even the smallest contributions count.

 

Your grateful

LINGUIST List team

Staff Letter: Billy Dickson

Hi everyone!

My name is Billy Dickson and I am an editor for books and reviews here at The LINGUIST List. If you are one of our wonderful reviewers, or if you have inquired about a book announcement, you may have met me already!  Joining this past January, I am the newest kid on the block. Overall, it has a been an invaluable experience communicating with leading publishers in linguistics, and I am fortunate to be surrounded by all different walks of the field.

My route to linguistics started during my undergraduate at Michigan State University. I began studying computer science, and after a seemingly random choice to enroll in Mandarin, I was hooked! I went on to study abroad in Harbin, China at Harbin Institute of Technology, and later began studying Korean as well! I can’t thank my wonderful professors from MSU enough, they are the reason I am here now studying at our host university Indiana University!

All thanks to this wonderful blessing we call LINGUSIT List, I am currently being funded for my master’s in computational linguistics. I have way (too) many interests, some of which include deep learning approaches to natural language processing, computational semantics, dynamic semantics, philosophy of language, cognitive science, tense, aspect, and modality. Some of my favorite questions to think about are: “what is meaning?” and “what would it mean for artificial systems to truly understand language?”. In my free time I also very much enjoy listening to the Lex Fridman Podcast here: https://www.youtube.com/c/lexfridman.

It is all thanks to your donations that I have had the opportunity to further my education without becoming buried in student debt. Please continue to support LINGUIST List, every little bit counts. Having a firsthand look at the content that moves through this community is extraordinary, and I am deeply grateful to be a part of this world.

Best wishes,

Billy

Fund Drive Challenge Update

Linguists and language enthusiast around the world,

Support the LINGUIST List with a donation and win our challenges! Ever wonder why we ask you which discipline of linguistics you represent? We want to know who our biggest supporters are! Who do we owe the greatest debt of gratitude? Syntacticians? Phonologists? As of today (Day 3 of the Fund Drive) the most donations, totaling $935, come from sociolinguists. If you are interested in how the situation develops, you can check out the current results here: https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/subfield/

After three days of the Fund Drive, the leading supporting university is the University of South Carolina (https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/university/). Other top donators in the University Challenge in the last couple of years were University of Washington, University of Hawaii and Indiana University. And greetings to the colleagues at the University of Oslo (already 3 donors)! If you want to see the name of your university at the top of the list, then make a donation and mobilize your colleagues.

While the majority of donations come from the USA, Canada and European countries, we have also donors from, for example, Jamaica, Pakistan, Trinidad and Tobago, Cameroon, Egypt, and Kazakhstan. Linguists are everywhere! We truly appreciate each and every donation and we know that in some cases a donation to us means giving up on something else. Thank you! If you want to see where the donations have come from this year, go to https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/country/

The full list of supporters in this year’s Fund Drive can be seen at https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/supporters/

Thank you wholeheartedly for every donation! Linguist List cannot exist without its readers.

Malgosia

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CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS: “Silver Lining” Stories

The theme for this year’s Fund Drive is Silver Linings. 2020 was marked by numerous tragedies, the most far-reaching of them being the global pandemic; however, in the midst of these difficult circumstances, human ingenuity, courage, and compassion shone through, including in our field of linguistics. We’d love to hear from you, our subscribers, about a Silver Lining you’ve experienced in the past year. This could be a way that you continued research despite restrictions on movement/travel, or a method that you found particularly effective for making Zoom classes/meetings more bearable, or perhaps a way that your community banded together to meet each others’ needs. The possibilities are endless! 

If you have such a story, please share it with us by sending it to [email protected]. With your permission, we would love to share it with the rest of the subscribing community as a way to inspire and encourage one another. 

We at LINGUIST List were certainly inspired by the number of creative solutions we saw come through the mailing list, from online conferences to remote jobs. We are proud to have made it through about 18 months of pandemic conditions while continuing to serve you, our subscribers! We would love to be able to continue connecting and enabling the linguistics community for many years to come, so if you are able, please consider contributing to this year’s Fund Drive!

The Indiana University Foundation solicits tax-deductible private contributions for the benefit of Indiana University and is registered to solicit charitable contributions in all states requiring registration. For our full disclosure statement, see  go.iu.edu/29UK.

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2021 Fund Drive Lottery

Dear LINGUIST Listers,

For our 2021 Fund Drive, we are excited to announce our annual Fund Drive Lottery!

Each and every week, we are giving away fantastic prizes–donated by our gracious supporting publishers–to our donors. This is just a small way for us to show our gratitude for your continued support! Every donor will be entered into the lottery, regardless of the amount donated. We want to encourage everyone (yes, even poor grad students like us) to donate whatever they can. This is a wonderful opportunity to win some excellent publications!

To enter into this week’s drawing, donate to our fund drive sometime between now and Friday, September 24. Prizes change each week so check back every week to see what’s up for grabs.

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

This Fund Drive, we will be giving away a slew of excellent prizes, including annual subscriptions to top journals and many of the best books available in the field of Linguistics! Publications available to be won come from supporting publishers such as Wiley, Cambridge University Press, Multilingual Matters, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, and more!!

In addition to the giveaways, we will be posting exclusive discount codes from our top publishers that will only be available during our Fund Drive.

With all that is going on, don’t miss any of our posts throughout the Fund Drive! Thank you for being a part of LINGUIST List and allowing us to serve you.

With gratitude,

– Your LINGUIST List team

 

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Why We Do a Fund Drive

If you’re a longtime subscriber, you are probably well accustomed to LINGUIST List’s annual Fund Drive. For those of you who are newer, we wanted to take the time to explain what the Fund Drive is and why we do it!

 

What is the Fund Drive?

Our annual Fund Drive is a celebration of LINGUIST List’s vibrant community as well as a way to ensure that we can keep this service going for another year. We will feature stories from both professional linguists (the Featured Linguist stories) as well as up-and-coming student linguists (Rising Star stories) that highlight themes from the past year. This year’s theme is Silver Linings of the past year in the midst of the pandemic. We will also feature the sometimes humorous ‘Fun Facts’, as well as stories from ‘behind-the scenes’ here at LINGUIST List. We hope you’ll enjoy getting to connect with both your fellow subscribers and the LINGUIST List team through this content.

 

Why do we need to do a Fund Drive?

LINGUIST List is a nonprofit that has served the global linguistic community for over 30 years now. We are hosted by Indiana University and staffed by seven graduate student Editors and our Faculty Moderator, Malgorzata Cavar. LINGUIST List reviews, verifies, and edits each and every post to ensure it is relevant, informative, and reliable. We work hard to make sure that our service brings value to our subscribers, and to protect our community against spam and predatory posts.

 

Without the support from our jobs at LINGUIST List, we seven graduate students would not be able to continue our studies. You’ll hear more about the impact that our work at LINGUIST List has had on our individual lives and stories in the coming weeks. When you give to LINGUIST List, you are supporting the work that we Editors, the Admin and the WebDev do (both our work for LINGUIST List and our linguistic studies). You’re also supporting the maintenance and upkeep of the technology which keeps the List up and running. It has always been free to subscribe to LINGUIST List, and it is our goal that it will always remain so! Your contributions help keep LINGUIST List free, as well as ensure that we are able to continue providing the high-quality content you’ve come to expect.

 

Contributions are tax-deductible and 100% of contributions go towards supporting our Editors and technology-related costs!  

 

If you’re able, we hope you’ll consider supporting LINGUIST List this year. Any amount is helpful and appreciated! And a big thank you to all those who have regularly supported us throughout the years – we would not have made it to 32 years without you!

 

Disclaimer:

The Indiana University Foundation solicits tax-deductible private contributions for the benefit of Indiana University and is registered to solicit charitable contributions in all states requiring registration. For our full disclosure statement, see  go.iu.edu/29UK.

 

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The Linguist List’s 2021 Fund Drive

Dear linguists and language enthusiasts,

A year has passed since our previous Fund Drive. In September 2020 we probably did not yet fully understand that the normalcy would not come back that quickly. A year later it is becoming clear that whatever normalcy we would eventually come back to, it might not be the same normalcy we left off more than a year and a half ago.

It’s been a trying time for all of us. This is also a moment when we should acknowledge and honor human ingenuity, selflessness, perseverance – and not only of the doctors and nurses. We all had to completely re-learn our daily routines, figure out how to go on with life under the constraints we had never imagined, and on a daily basis we make moral choices where previously no moral questions were involved. Having said that – we now have to look forward. We are in a moment that is re-defining societies and each of us individually, our values, goals, and methods. In front of our eyes academia, industry and science are rapidly evolving. We do not want to abandon the past altogether, but we also need to incorporate the ad-hoc solutions of the past year which turned out to work great. We have moved online with our conferences and teaching and while we probably do not want to live online only, the opportunity to spontaneously listen to a couple of lectures on the other side of the globe is exciting. The past year has shown stronger than ever before that linguists are an online community that spans geographical and ideological borders, united by the commitment to the discipline of knowledge that we love. At LINGUIST List we strive to accompany you the best we can in your linguistic endeavors and help you take advantage of these new opportunities that have surprisingly emerged.

LINGUIST List is housed at Indiana University and we are extremely grateful to The College of Arts and Sciences for their support. LINGUIST List’s operations, however, cost more than the institutional support we receive. At least three additional editors are supported by the means from advertisements and your donations. Your donations are particularly important. They give us independence and are our insurance for bad times. These donations are your insurance for continued access to wide spectrum of edited information on linguistic topics. LINGUIST List is probably the only forum of its kind, run by linguists, professional, carefully edited, free and open to all readers, global, independent. We have contributors and readers on all continents except for Antarctica and the past donations came also from all corners of the world. Please allow us to continue serving you!

As every year, we have prepared a lot of festive content, we will run competitions and lotteries. Please check our Fund Drive website regularly for updates https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/  We need to collect at least $25,000 to secure the operations for the next year. If you can – please support us with a donation: https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/   Every $5 may make a difference.

Looking forward,

Malgosia Cavar,

Moderator, The LINGUIST List

 

 

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