Crew Letters

Linguist List day in the life: Jeremy

With the clothes dryer rumbling behind me, and my two children playing boisterously in the other room, I sit in my impromptu at-home “office” to sift through the day’s workload. Since the beginning of the pandemic, I have worked remotely out of my home–some 15,000 miles from the LL office–but the LINGUIST List and its happenings continue to roll forward. That’s the beauty of the online format: we bring linguistics content to you wherever in this world you may be.

My primary responsibility at LINGUIST is as the editor for reviews. Every year, LINGUIST List publishes hundreds of linguistically-relevant book announcements from the world’s top publishers. After books are announced, they become available for review by qualified reviewers, who are paired with books based on their qualifications. My job is to work with our head reviews editor, Helen Aristar-Dry, to coordinate the assignment, editing, and publication of book reviews on our site. I communicate with reviewers and publishers, process review submissions, and publish the reviews onto our searchable database. LINGUIST List reviews are often the very first reviews available on new publications.

It is my pleasure to associate with wonderful co-workers at LINGUIST, as well as the large number of reviewers who dedicate their time to carefully reviewing books. This community is unlike any other in the world…in any academic discipline!

Thank you to all who contribute to the LINGUIST List community in any way. Without you, we would be unable to continue on. If you would like to support what we do, please consider donating to our fund drive. Any amount of money helps! You can donate at https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/donate/.

With much appreciation,

Jeremy Coburn
Editor, Publications: Reviews

Staff Letter: Sarah

Dear LINGUIST List readers,

My name is Sarah, and I’m on the Pubs Team–I manage journals, journal calls for papers, TOCs, summer schools, 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’m also cross-trained in jobs and conferences and can jump on those editorial areas if other editors are out for the day. (Or perhaps you’ve even read my staff letters in previous years…)

The LINGUISTList provides invaluable opportunities to graduate students like me who might otherwise have no way to participate in academia, and has been doing so for years–after my first year in graduate school unfunded, I was close to having to drop out because of the sheer financial pressure, and the LINGUISTList helped me stay and pursue my research passions. LL keeps grad students afloat and helps provide for the next generation of academics.

I earned my MA in General Linguistics in 2018 from Indiana University, Bloomington, LL’s host institution, and am currently a member of the PhD program in the Linguistics Department at IU, as well as doubling in the Germanic Studies Department, with a (sort of unofficial at the moment) minor in cognitive science. Since starting my graduate program, I’ve been able to study ancient Germanic literature and philology, as well as branching out into Cognitive Science. On top of historical languages, I have often worked on researching manipulative discourse and propaganda, from a framework at the intersections of cognitive linguistics, critical discourse analysis, and philology. I especially love the critical discourse analysis work of such luminaries and T.A. Van Dijk and Ruth Wodak, whose frameworks have been invaluable to me, and Mark Turner’s conceptual blending theory has informed some of my favorite research projects I’ve done working on manipulative discourse and cognitive linguistics in a wide range of textual genres, from Old English poetry to 20th Century propaganda! It’s a pretty broad range of topics, but the overlaps and intersections have made it possible for me to specialize in a really particular niche while building a strong background in a wide range of linguistic studies. As of Spring 2021, I am finally studying for qualifying exams!

Without a doubt, I would never have been able to craft such a strange, simultaneously narrow-and-wide niche for myself without the support of the LINGUIST List, for which I will be forever grateful.

And what that means is that I am also forever grateful to our subscribers and donors. Without you, graduate students like me would quite literally be unable to participate in academia. Especially in the last year and a half of the Pandemic That Shall Not Be Named, as financial pressure has mounted on all of us, our supporters and readers at the LINGUIST List have quite seriously helped us survive through an extremely difficult year. I can never thank you enough.

LL handles thousands of submissions and a gigantic amount of data day-to-day, and there’s only a handful of graduate students working diligently to keep our 30,000 subscribers up-to-date on linguistic publications, job opportunities, conferences where they can submit their research, and much more, as well as doing the hairy work of filtering predatory publishers and conferences that are likely to hurt academic careers more than help them.

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,

Sarah

 

Staff Letter: Lauren Perkins

Hello, fellow linguists!

 

My name is Lauren Perkins, and I recently took over as the Managing Editor, Careers Editor, and Social Media Lead. I review and post job ads and notices of opportunities for student support and internships. I’m also responsible for helping to manage our social media presence, as well as ensuring that our internal processes run smoothly. I wear a lot of hats, but I really enjoy helping people find opportunities to further their linguistic careers! Getting to interact with fellow linguists from around the world via email is always a plus as well.

I’ve worked with LINGUIST List since January of 2020, having previously served as Calls & Conferences Editor. I’m beginning my third year in the General Linguistics PhD program here at Indiana University. Currently, I’m interested in syntax, psycholinguistics, and construction grammar. Of particular interest are ways that we can connect current syntactic theory with developments in neuro- and psycholinguistics and cognitive science, hopefully providing a bridge between the theoretical and the functional. I’m also really enjoying my Field Methods class this semester, where we are working with a native speaker of Lutuv, a Tibeto-Burman language.

In my spare time, I love spending time with my husband, Sam, and our cat, B. We like relaxing at home and drinking tea, or having friends over for game nights. I also enjoy kickboxing, practicing calligraphy and embroidery, and reading novels.

I’m extremely thankful for my job at the LINGUIST List, and thankful for donors like you that make it possible. Not only does working at the LINGUIST List provide a fascinating insight into current opportunities in linguistics, as well as flexible hours (imperative for a graduate school schedule), but it also provides me with enormous financial peace of mind. Graduate school here in the US is quite expensive, and I would definitely not be able to achieve my dream of becoming a professional linguist without the tuition remission that my work at the LINGUIST List provides me with. My work at LINGUIST List was a particular silver lining during the months of quarantine, as I was able to continue my work remotely and thus also continue taking remote classes. Despite the events of 2020, I am still on-track to finish my program on time. The ability to continue working despite a global pandemic is a privilege I don’t take lightly, and I am very grateful to all of you who made that possible through your generosity.

So, a huge thank you to all of our donors, particularly those who have supported us year after year. You are our silver lining, both because you’ve supported us through this crisis and because you continue to inspire us with your tenacity and dedication to continue your work despite everything. We look forward to continuing to support you for many more years! If you enjoy the resources the LINGUIST List offers and are financially able, please consider donating to this year’s Fund Drive. Thanks so much for taking the time to read my story, and I look forward to connecting with you via email the next time you submit a job, support, or internship, or over social media!

 

 

Disclaimer:

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By providing your email address on the crowdfunding campaign website, you are opting in to receive emails from Indiana University. If you do not wish to receive emails from Indiana University please make a note in the comment field of the form.

 

 

 

A Day in the Life of a LINGUIST List Editor

I have now just arrived to my desk at the LINGUIST List office, let’s get to work!

 

First let’s take care of some emails. It looks like we have someone interested in a book announcement, this is great! Sending out a book announcement will allow them to reach an incredibly large audience of wonderful linguists! I will be sure to send them information on becoming a supporting publisher, and all the great benefits that come along with doing so. I hope they will be interested

 

Next, it’s a new month, meaning new reviewers have been hand selected to review books announced here at LINGUIST List. Let’s make sure our publishers know where to send their books. I will go right ahead and send them the reviewer information. Not to worry, if they need any additional information to make the delivery, I will be happy to help.

 

Now it’s time to send out our new Available for Review (AFR) list. I better get this out quick, I know our reviewers are eager to choose a new book! After carefully generating the new list of books that have been announced this past month, it’s time to send it off. Have fun selecting everybody!

 

Now let’s send out some book announcements. It’s my job to make sure every single book is relevant to our outstanding community. It looks like these books qualify, let’s get to editing and send them out! I will take careful attention to check that these books are published and currently available, that each hyperlink is functional, that the topic is linguistically relevant, and that the description is clean and readable. After hand-editing each book, they are ready to go! Let’s send them out to the community. I hope these books will be of interest to our readers!

 

Now for my final task. It’s time for me to describe my daily tasks at the LINGUIST List. 

 

Where should I start?

 

Silver Linings: Active Rest

As a student during the pandemic, I can’t say that I enjoyed virtual classes as much as I enjoy in-person classes. I felt that, in my context, it led to much less peer-to-peer interaction, something that I sorely missed. And, doing all of my coursework from home made me feel a bit stir-crazy. It was this cooped-up feeling that led to one of my silver linings; during the pandemic, I developed a love for walking outdoors. 

Pre-pandemic, I had walked to school some days, but these had been hurried walks filled with plans and worries about the day ahead. During the pandemic, I learned to ramble around my neighborhood, admiring my neighbors’ gardens and occasionally meeting their cats. Just puttering around with no particular destination allowed my mind to relax and wander freely, and I found that after these walks, I was much more able to focus and work efficiently than I had been before them. In short, I had learned the difference between what I think of as ‘active’ and ‘passive’ rest.

My walks to school pre-pandemic were passive rest. I wasn’t working on anything, but I also wasn’t allowing myself to relax. My brain was still going a mile a minute. My walks during the pandemic, however, were restorative and peaceful. Not only was I not working, but I was also actively re-charging both mentally and emotionally. 

Despite living in a culture that seems to view busyness as a badge of honor, I’m coming to realize that down time (or, ‘active rest’) is essential, particularly in an academic setting. Allowing my mind to wander makes space for creative ideas to bloom, and cuts down on feelings of burnout during stressful seasons. Of course, none of these ideas are new or original; the past 18 months just gave me a personal lesson in them. In the future, I hope to continue my practice of walking the neighborhood several times a week. 

Do you have a practice or habit that you picked up during the pandemic and hope to continue in the ‘new normal’? Or, is there a way that you and your colleagues managed to keep up your work despite all obstacles? If so, we’d love to hear about it! You can send your Silver Lining stories or comments to [email protected] to be shared with fellow LINGUIST List readers during this year’s Fund Drive. 

Many thanks to everyone who has already contributed to our Fund Drive – we could not exist without the support of our readers! If you haven’t yet contributed, please consider doing so if you are able. Any amount is highly appreciated and allows us to continue the LINGUIST List for another year! 

 

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.

 

By providing your email address on the crowdfunding campaign website, you are opting in to receive emails from Indiana University. If you do not wish to receive emails from Indiana University please make a note in the comment field of the form.

 

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

Holiday Recess

Dear Subscribers,

The LINGUIST List will be on its holiday recess from Friday December 18, 2020 until Monday January 4, 2021.

During that time, except for emergencies, we cannot guarantee to post issues. Although the website will be available, some pages may not be updated during that time.

Except for emergencies, submissions we receive after December 16, 2020 will most likely not be posted until after we return on January 4, 2021.

Anyone wishing to submit an emergency message, please enter ‘URGENT’ in the subject line of the submission and send an email notification to [email protected]

We wish you a happy and safe holiday season and a fruitful new year. Thank you for your continued support of The LINGUIST List!

Thank you,
– The LL Team

Cyber Monday Reminder: Shop via AmazonSmile to support LINGUIST List!

Dear Linguists,

If you’re planning on shopping on Amazon this Cyber Monday, you can support LINGUIST List at no extra cost by selecting the Elinguistics Foundation as your charity of choice via Amazon Smile!

It’s that easy: Shop for gifts at smile.amazon.com/ch/45-4211155  and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchase value at no cost to you. This calendar year, LINGUIST List has received approx. $700 as of the beginning of November. You could increase this number easily at no cost to yourself. Simply choose us as your favorite charity!

On your first visit to smile.amazon.com, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations. As LINGUIST List is just an internet creature, we use Elinguistics Foundation (a registered US 501(c)(3) public charitable organization with the legal address in Grosse Pointe, Michigan) to help us collect donations via Amazon Smile.  AmazonSmile will occasionally contact you about donation amounts disbursed to your chosen charity or about the program.

Make a difference this holiday. Choose us as your favorite charity!

…and of course, if you would like to make a direct donation you can still do so by visiting our fund drive website here: https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/donate/

Thank you from the LINGUIST List

Dear all,

We are wrapping up for this year! We have collected approximately $24,000 in donations from 43 countries! The winner in the University Challenge this year is Indiana University, with Wayne State University in second place, and the University of South Carolina in the third place. Special thanks go to the colleagues at the University of South Carolina, the institution with the highest number of individual supporters. In the Subfield Challenge, the winner is: Syntax!

Thank you all from the heart for your generous support. I hope this is as encouraging for you as it is for us here to be a part of this huge community and to participate in something of non-local importance.

If you did not have a chance to donate you can still do this; crowd funding remains open for your donations: https://crowdfunding.iu.edu/the-linguist-list

I want to wish you all a happy holiday season. Thank you!

Malgosia Cavar,
on behalf of The LINGUIST List team

Staff Letter: Nils Hjortnaes

Hello all,

My name is Nils. My main role here at the LINGUIST List is to work on the new website (https://new.linguistlist.org/). Last fund drive it hadn’t officially launched yet, so I’m excited to have it officially up and running, even as we continue to add to and improve it.

Besides working at the LINGUIST List, I am a PhD student at Indiana University, our host institution. My primary interest, in a very broad sense, is computational methods for under-resourced languages and language documentation. I’ve still got a lot of work and a long ways to go before I even think of defending, but it wouldn’t be possible at all without my job at the LINGUIST List.

In terms of my life outside academia, my primary hobbies are rock climbing, fencing, and video games, though current circumstances have forced me to narrow that down to pretty much just video games, unfortunately. They do a good job of keeping me sane while I work on projects and classes. I’ve also been playing violin for 19 years, though I don’t play as much as I’d like anymore, and I’m fluent in German thanks to attending an immersion elementary school. I took a class on Danish in college because that’s where my ancestors came from, but I admittedly don’t speak it very well.

As I mentioned, all of us here at LL are graduate students in Linguistics at Indiana University. By working here, we get our tuition paid as well as a small stipend, allowing us to contribute to the community directly while learning to contribute to the field academically. We are committed to keeping LL free, especially since a not insignificant portion of our readers are (we’re pretty sure) graduate students or recent graduates seeking jobs.

So when you support the LINGUIST List, you’re not just supporting a valuable resource for the Linguistics community, but several linguists in training. We’re still a long ways away from our funddrive goal for this year. To those of you who have already donated, we cannot thank you enough. We’ve survived for nearly 30 years thanks to the support of our large community. With your support, we can finish building the new, modern website and continue bringing you the valuable information and news of what’s new in the world of Linguistics.

Thank you again for all of your support, everyone here at LINGUIST List is forever grateful to all of you. If you would like to help us to continue providing resources to the linguistic community please visit our fund drive page and donate (https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/donate/).