LL Alumni Letters

LINGUIST List: An Invaluable Service and Resource

Dear Subscribers,

The LINGUIST List relies on the generous support of donors to stay up and running. Do your part now:


Why you should donate.

The LINGUIST List gives you awesome tools. For free. The LINGUIST List lets you know what’s going on in the discipline through its announcement service, including job & internship listings, book reviews, conference announcements, and paper publications. The LINGUIST List also helps you get your work done by offering services like Easy Registration for conference organization, and creating research tools like MultiTree, an interactive visualization of language relationships and subgroupings.

These free tools and resources help researchers, teachers, students, and the general public learn more about the nature and function of language.

The LINGUIST List funds students.

Donations go directly to the funding the linguistic students that keep the LINGUIST List up and running. These students maintain the database and website, organize and post thousands of announcements annually, and help create research tools in addition to their coursework to complete advanced degrees in linguistics (and anything else life throws them).

Why I’m asking you to donate.

I’m a former crew member and Managing Editor of The LINGUIST List. I’m currently a technical writer at Google, and I wouldn’t be doing it without what I learned at (and from) The LINGUIST List. My education and experience informs what I do everyday (notably fighting the good fight against the surprising number of prescriptivists I meet!).

Donate to support what the LINGUIST List does for all of us and to support the students that make it happen.


-Catherine Adams

Fund Drive 2014: It’s Our 23rd Year!

Dear LINGUIST List Subscribers,

This is the 23rd year that I have written to kick off the LINGUIST List Fund Drive. This year I’m not running the Fund Drive–I’m retired! (Oh frabjous day!) However, I know–better than almost anyone–how much LINGUIST needs your support and what generous support LINGUIST List readers always provide. So I want to lend my voice to that of the new Director, Damir Cavar, as he makes his very first request for donations to keep LINGUIST List running.

This year, your donations are more critical than ever. Because of the transition in leadership, there was no fund drive last year; and the coffers are nearly empty. Indeed, the students who are running this year’s fund drive will be working many unpaid hours–as Damir and his wife Malgorzata have done all year. Unless we have a successful Fund Drive, LL will have no money next year to pay the students who not only keep LINGUIST List running, but who constitute a constant stream of talented young people entering the discipline. Over its 22 years of existence, LINGUIST List has supported 150 Linguistics students through their M.A.’s. And fully one-half of these have gone on to pursue Ph.D.s at other universities.

Damir fought hard, and successfully, to maintain LINGUIST services during a very challenging transition period. Because of his dedication and hard work, LINGUIST is now better than ever, in both staffing and technology. He has assembled an excellent student crew composed of loyal ‘old hands,’ as well as promising new GAs, who have come to Ypsilanti, Michigan from places as far removed as Germany, Croatia, Nigeria, and Siberia. As many of you know, 100% of the donations you make to LL are expended on student stipends. And these students richly deserve your support.

Damir has exciting plans for LL, including a new LL interface, one that works on tablets and phones, and he has been tirelessly reconfiguring the LL backend to use open source software and hardware. The latter improvement is long overdue. As many of you know, the LL interface, which is nearly 20 years old, was dependent on Cold Fusion and Oracle; and neither Anthony nor I had the expertise, the time, or the sheer determination to redesign the over 300,000 pages on the website. Damir has two of the three; so—despite having less time than we did this year—he has almost finished the redesign. He has also been working on site localization (web display in the local language) and on securing a more accurate count of LL subscribers and pages viewed. (It turns out that European users outnumber US users; and the EMELD School of Best Practices (http://emeld.org) is still frequently accessed.) Many of these innovations were demo’d at LSA, and some will be made available to general users during the weeks of the Fund Drive.

I am writing now simply to urge you to give Damir and the LINGUIST List crew the same generous support that Anthony and I always relied on from you—the support that has kept LINGUIST List thriving during these last (gasp!) 22 years. Your support is key to LL’s survival at this critical juncture.



Helen Aristar-Dry

LINGUIST Moderator (retired)