Author: Sarah Robinson

We’re Almost There!


Dear LINGUIST List subscribers and readers,

LL is nearing the Fund Drive Goal! This year we set our goal at $40,000. The fund drive is important for keeping LL afloat, staffed, and ready to support the global linguistics community. As of today, we are at just under 74% of our goal, leaving a little over $10,000 remaining. Th LINGUIST List serves a total subscriber base of over 30,000 readers from all over the world. If everyone donated just $5, we’d hit our goal by the end of the day!

When you support the LINGUIST List, you support the global linguistics community. LL provides access to important academic resources to researchers and linguistics the world over–support LINGUIST List so LINGUIST List can continue supporting you!

Thanks for being with us over the last 29 years.

Best wishes,
–The LL Team

Have you heard of LINGUIST List’s Geoling Service?

GeoLing is a map service that displays on a global map all linguistics information posted to LINGUIST List  — from jobs, to conferences, to internships. The LINGUIST List posts to the mailing list only events of global relevance, but if you want to inform the community about any local events in your area, GeoLing is the tool you want to use. When you submit events to GeoLing, they are not only displayed on the GeoLing map, but also forwarded to all LINGUIST List pages on social media. They will be also made accessible via Amazon Alexa.


Find events in your area using Geoling’s global map!

Any information that contains geo-coordinates or addresses – when  posted on LINGUIST List (using the structured submission interface on its website: is instantly mapped on GeoLing and does not need to be separately posted on GeoLing


If you want to make public information about:

  • Talks and meetings at your local departments
  • Colloquium presentations
  • Workgroup meetings
  • The office address of your institution, department, program
  • Book presentations
  • Language resources, data sets, tools
  • And other information of local and regional interest

submit the announcements to GeoLing!


GeoLing runs on all major browsers and on mobile devices.


To learn how to submit a local event, please visit:


To add a local event, please visit:


The LINGUIST List team will release the entire code of the GeoLing app on GitHub in the next days! Stay tuned and watch for updates at:


We will continue to put our full efforts into GeoLing and expand its capabilities and features. You are welcome to join us and help us by forking the GitHub repo.

Lastly, we ask that you all please consider making a donation to Fund Drive 2018. To keep our services, such as the cool, exciting and most of all FREE GeoLing, and all of our other features up and running  we need your help. Please consider supporting The LINGUIST List in our 2018 Fund Drive by making a donation at




Support like yours is vital to our ongoing efforts to upgrade and develop services like GeoLing. We hope you will continue to support us so we can better support you!



The LINGUIST List Team

Syntax is leading in the Subfield Challenge!


Hello again linguists and supporters! Check out our most recent challenge rankings to find out where your university or subfield stands!

In the Subfield Challenge:
Syntax dominates with a total of $4847 in donations!
Computational Linguistics comes up second with $3600.
Sociolinguistics comes in third with a total of $2649.

In the University Challenge:
University of Washington looks to win for a second year in a row with a total of $2745 from 39 donors.
Indiana University, our proud host institution, comes in second with $2275 from 24 donors.
Stanford University still holds third with $1370 from 20 donors.

Region Challenge:
North American leads with 287 total donors.
Europe maintains a strong second place with 144 donors.
Asia retains third with 27 donors.

Country Challenge:
The US continues in the lead with 259 donors.
Germany comes in second with 42 donors.
Canada hold third with 28 donors.

We’re grateful for your support and participation. Three cheers to our donors, who’ve been behind us for nearly three decades.
–The LL Team

Challenges Update–May the best University Win?

Hello again linguists and supporters! Check out our most recent challenge rankings to find out where your university or subfield stands!

In the Subfield Challenge:
Syntax is in the lead–for now!–with $4775 total in donations. Go Syntax!
In second place, Computational Linguistics follows with $3600 even.
In third Sociolinguistics comes up with $2089 total.

In the University Challenge:
University of Washington maintains a lead with $2745 from a total of 39 donors.
But look out, because Indiana University is not far behind, with $2275 from a total of 24 donors.
Finally, Stanford University retains third for now, with a total of $1370 from 20 donors.

Region Challenge:
North America currently holds the lead with 272 donors in all.
Europe comes in second with 131 donors–can they close the gap?
And finally Asia comes in third with 36 donors.

Country Challenge:
The USA holds the first place with a total of 247 donors.
Germany comes in a distant second with 36 total donors.
And Canada holds its hard-earned spot in third with a total of 25 donors, looking, perhaps, to upset Germany soon!

We’re grateful for your support and participation. Three cheers to our donors, who’ve been behind us for nearly three decades. Check out the full rankings at!
–The LL Team

Fund Drive Challenges Update: Where does your subfield stand?

Challenges Update: Where is Your Subfield?

Hello Linguists and supporters!
Here’s your regular fund drive challenges update–check out the complete list at to see where your subfield or university is ranked!

Subfield Challenge:
Syntax holds the lead for now, with a total of $4745–can anyone take the top spot from the Syntacticians?
Computational Linguistics, an early-game front-runner, is currently in second with $3600 total.
Sociolinguistics comes in third with 2510.

University Challenge:
University of Washington is still leading, with a total of $2745 from 39 donors. Will they take the top place for a second year in a row? Or will another institution surprise them?
Indiana University comes in second with $2275 from 24 donors–we’re proud of you, IU!
And Stanford University, last year’s second place winner if memory serves, comes in third with #1370 from 20 donors.

Region Challenge:
North America still holds the lead with 271 total donors.
Europe comes in second with 128 donors.
And Asia holds third with 25 total donors.

Country Challenge:
The US remains in front with 246 donors hailing from the states.
Germany comes in second with 35 donors.
And Canada, which had been locked out of the top spots by Austrua in the early weeks of the fund drive, comes in third with 25 total donors. A close contest, it seems, and Germany many find themselves soon upstaged by Canada! Only time will tell.

Once again, a big thank you from us to all participants for your support! It means the world to us!
-The LL Team

It’s time to say goodbye… and hello!

Hello Linguists and Supporters,

As you know, the LINGUIST List is operated by the hard work of graduate students at our host institution, Indiana University. But graduate students are in a transitionary phased of their lives, and every few years a handful of our hard workers earn their degrees and move on with their careers. Last year, Amanda Foster from publications moved home to France. This year, Mike, our publications and reviews editor, graduated and was hired by Google. Clare, our jobs and supports editor, has earned her MS and been hired by the US Navy. Ken, who edits conference announcements, will be teaching next year.

Lwin, our long-time IT person, has gone back home to Burma, and Paige, who has been diligently working on the new website behind the scenes, just graduated too. We’re thrilled for our students who are achieving the great things they set out to do when they started their academic careers years ago, and we’re so excited to see where they go next! But having so many crucial editors and IT staff moving on at once is an enormous stress to the workflow here at LL, and we need your support and patience more than ever.

The Old Team! So many of these lovely people are moving on. We’ll miss you!

It’s time to say goodbye to so many of our friends and colleagues, and we’ll miss them. And it’s time to welcome the new staff who are working hard to catch up, train, and take over the workflow here!

We’re pleased to introduce Peace Han and Yiwen Zhang, our new IT staff, Jeremy Coburn, who will be taking over for Mike in publications, Everett Green, who will take over for Ken in Conferences, Nils Hjortnaes, who’ll be taking over for Paige on developing the new website, and Becca Taylor, who’s the new Jobs and Supports editor! Have a little patience with us during the transition, say goodbye to your long-time correspondents here at LL, and say hello to all the newbies. Please donate to the LINGUIST List Fund Drive to help support these wonderful students in their academic endeavors, while they help support you in yours!

All the best,
–The LL Team

Challenges Update… with a twist!

Hello Linguists and Supporters! Today we thought that the challenges update should highlight those who haven’t been able to hold the spotlight yet, the universities and subfields that are in 3rd place through 6th place–those who are just shy of making it into the top!

Check to see if your university makes the list, and if they do, why not push to break into the top three! And look here for the complete listings!

So without further ado, here are the runner-ups in the challenges!

In Subfields:
Phonology takes fourth with $2064–not far behind third place holder Sociolinguistics!
Semantics takes fifth with a total of $1753. Can Semantics overtake Phonology?
Historical Linguistics brings up sixth with $1368! Way to go Historical Linguists!
Current overall leader (for now!): Syntax.

In Universities:
University of South Carolina comes in fourth with $705 from 8 donors! With just a little push, they could catch up to Stanford and put themselves in the top!
Arizona State University is close behind, with $540 from 3 donors.
The Ohio State University brings up fourth $313.00 from 7 donors.
Current leader: University of Washington… but not by too much!

In Regions:
Australia comes in fourth with 7 donors.
The Middle East comes in fifth with 5 donors.
South America comes in sixth with 4 donors. We are so grateful for our donors all over the world! Thanks for being part of the work we do here!
Current leader: North America.

In countries:
Fourth place is currently held by the United Kingdom, with 17 donors–and it’s a slim enough margin to overtake current third place holder Canada in no time.
Austria started out as a frontrunner, and currently holds fifth place with 11 donors. Just a few more to retake your spot, Austria!
Italy comes in sixth with 8 donors… but it closely followed by Japan, the Netherlands, and Spain, off of which are represented by 7 donots each!

The fund drive total currently stands at 62% of the goal, with $14,945 left to go! If each of our users donated just $5, we would not only be done in a heartbeat, but multiply it tenfold! Thanks for being with us the last 28 years as we work to create and maintain a global linguistics community.

–The LL team

A Letter from Editor Sarah Robinson

Dear LINGUIST Listers,

My name is Sarah, and I’m on the Pubs Team–I manage journals, journal calls for papers, TOCs, summer schools, academic papers, and dissertations. We may have met through email, or you may have read some of my blog posts about nerd stuff on the LL blog.

I’ve worked at LL for just under a year, and my position at LL has, without exaggeration, saved my academic career. I came to IU without any funding and would not have been able to continue building up debt. LL hired me last year and offered me a graduate assistantship. On top of that, I found my graduate program through LL.

While working here, I’ve worked toward an MA in General Linguistics, and was recently accepted into the PhD program in the Linguistics Department, as well as the PhD in the Germanic Studies Department. I’ll be earning my MA in just a few days!

LL has also put me in a position to meet and talk to countless scholars all over the world. Editing TOCs means I have a unique, holistic view of the linguistic research currently being published; reviewing and tagging every abstract in every journal that comes through the list–which is quite a lot!–means that I have a front row seat to newest publications in every subfield.

During my degree, I have been able to work on a wide range of exciting projects in multiple fields of linguistics, from phonetics and phonology to cognitive science. LL’s support and security is the main reason I have been able to continue my studies.

There’s only a few students managing all the data, submissions, and daily postings at LL. Each day, I come in, check my emails and make sure to take care of any issues that submitters have contacted us about. Then I check for new dissertations and papers, new summer schools, publisher submissions, journal submissions, JCalls, and finally, TOCs. If I have time, I’ll jump on another posting area to help another editor who is backed up. I’m cross-trained in jobs and conferences.

When you support the LINGUIST List, you support the mission the LINGUIST List stands for–the cause of creating a global linguistics community, a place to share knowledge and find resources–but you also support students like me, who wouldn’t otherwise be able to be part of it.

Thanks for donating!
Best regards,

This is my face. Please donate.

It’s a very close match in the Universities Challenge!

Hello Linguist and supporters. It’s time for another update on the Fund Drive Challenges, and we’re excited to give you the new standings!


It has been a tough match in the Universities challenge! Yesterday, Indiana University was on top, having shot right past Stanford and University of Washington!
However, it wasn’t long until University of Washington reclaimed first place, with $2125 from 31 donors.
Indiana University hasn’t given up–$2060 from 21 donors and less than a hundred dollars behind!
Stanford University now comes in third, with $1370 from 20 donors.


Syntax has broaded its lead, now standing in first with $4140 in donations. Way to go Syntacticians!
Computation Linguistics, which is close to our hearts here at LL, comes in second–for now!–with $2430 in donations.
Sociolinguistics brings up the third with $1760. (But look out, because Semantics isn’t far behind…)


North America currently stands in first with 238 donors.
Europe comes up behind with 109 donors.
Asia comes in third with 21 donors.
The US is coming in first still, thanks in small part to the competition between Indiana and Washington, with 217 donors.
Germany remains in second with a total of 30 donors (Danke, Deutschland!)
And Canada comes in third with 21 donors.
Finally, the following countries are represented by 1 donor: Trinidad and Tobago, Finland, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Iceland, South Korea, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Chile, Macau, New Zealand, and now, also Poland! You all deserve recognition. We appreciate those around the globe who support the work we do here at the LINGUIST List!


Thanks for participating, everyone! As of today we have surpassed 55% of our goal! To see the full standings on challenges, and to donate to the cause of global linguistics, visit:

We’re Almost Halfway There!

Hello everyone–following yesterday’s Day Without Linguist List event, we have reached 48% of our Fund Drive Goal. We’re so grateful to those who are there to support us. Returning to the light of day, we’re pleased to update the challenges standings–check out where your subfield or university is now!

Syntax has more than $1000 lead, with a total of $3285. We’re grateful to the syntacticians of the world!
Sociolinguistics now comes in second, with a total of $2230, overcoming Comp Ling at last!
Computational Linguistics is now in third with $2075 in donations–can they regain their top spot?

University of Washington is in first with $1665 from 27 donors.
Stanford University is in second with $1370 from 20 donors.
Indiana University (our host institution!) is in third with $1360 from 13 donors–and only $10 behind Stanford!
In the Universities Challenge, it’s also those below the top three who deserve recognition right now, as the bulk of the donations come from the dozens of institutions where only one or two donors have contributed only $10 or $20 each. There’s so many more universities and institutions on the contributor list today than there was when we started, and so many of them have a total donation amount that’s not high enough to put them in the top three, but it’s them who made the huge impact over the Day Without LL. Congratulations to you all, and thank you!

North America is still in first with 205 donors.
Europe is at almost half of that with 102 donors.
Asia is in third with 19 donors.

the USA comes in first with 186 donors.
Germany comes in second with 27 donors.
Canada comes in third with 19 donors–can they hold on to the spot?
And a new country is approaching the top 3 now–the UK has just surpassed Austria, with a total of 16 donors!
Additionally the following countries are represented by 1 donor: Trinidad and Tobago, Finland, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Iceland, South Korea, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Chile, Macau, and New Zealand–our global supporters deserve more recognition, and we are so pleased to be part of the global linguistics community.

Check out the full challenges standings here!

Thanks again to all of our wonderful supporters–keeping up the LINGUIST List is very costly, and without your help, we wouldn’t be able to do it.
–The LL Team