Crew Letters

Take a Fellow Linguist Out to Dinner!

If you could choose anyone, living or dead, to have dinner with, who would it be? Would it be a fellow linguist?

Good news: if the linguist in question is living, you can probably connect with them through the LINGUIST List! Whether you wish to attend a conference they’re giving a keynote at, or to read their newest publication, LINGUIST List has you covered. So, we invite you to donate the price of a nice dinner ($20 or any amount) to help LINGUIST List continue to connect linguists with like-minded researchers, educators, and innovators across the world.

Donations are tax-deductible (in the U.S.) and can be made here:
https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/donate/.

You can also set up a recurring gift here:
https://www.myiu.org/recurring-gift?sc=AG21GANIUFO4GNWETF25M by typing “Linguist List” in the ‘search more funds’ field.

Thank you so much to all those who have already contributed. You mean the world to us!

$30 for 30 Years

Dear Linguist Listers,

As our regular readers well know by now, this year is LINGUIST List’s 30th anniversary! In honor of the Fund Drive, instead of 30 candles, we’d like to ask for 30 dollars…or pounds, euros, yen, pesos, wons, or any other currency you’re able to give!

If you appreciate LINGUIST List’s services and believe in our mission to connect the global linguistics community through the free exchange of information and resources, we invite you to show your support through a gift of $30 or any amount! This will help keep us up and running to serve the linguistics community for years to come.

Donations are tax-deductible (in the U.S.) and can be made here:
https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/donate/. You can also set up a recurring gift here:
https://www.myiu.org/recurring-gift?sc=AG21GANIUFO4GNWETF25M by typing “Linguist List” in the ‘search more funds’ field.

Our deepest gratitude to all those who have already contributed. We appreciate your support, especially during a year like 2020!

All the best,
– The LL Team

Fund Drive Lottery Giveaway Blitz: Day 2

Loyal and lovely LINGUIST Listers,

Day 2 of our GIVEAWAY BLITZ is upon us! Thank you to all who donated yesterday and congratulations to yesterday’s big winner!

Over the next few days, we will have more special single-day lotteries. This means, all those who donate on the specified date will have a chance to win wonderful prizes which were graciously provided by our supporting publishers. Donations need not be large; a donation of just $2 (less than a cup of Hot Cocoa) from all of our users would easily launch us past our fund drive goal.

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

Donors who donate between now and 5:00 pm EST on Sunday, November 15 will be entered in today’s drawing. And here is the prize that could be yours!!!

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From Cambridge University Press:

A one year, online only subscription to the following journal:

Language Variation and Change

https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/language-variation-and-change

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What an exciting opportunity to win an excellent publication for yourself! These giveaways are just a small way for us to say thank you to all of our donors and supporters. Without donations from our users, LINGUIST List will simply be unable to continue to unite our discipline by facilitating the compilation and dissemination of linguistically-relevant books, journals, reviews, job postings, and conference posting, just to name of few of our numerous services you rely upon. Every little bit helps!

Thanks and good luck!

With gratitude,
– Your LINGUIST List team

Fund Drive Lottery Giveaway Blitz: Day 1

All LINGUIST Listers,

As our 2020 Fund Drive starts to wind to a close, we have an EXCITING giveaway! Over the next few days, we will have special single-day lotteries. This means, all those who donate on the specified date will have a chance to win wonderful prizes which were graciously provided by our supporting publishers. Donations need not be large; a donation of just $2 (less than a cup of Hot Cocoa) from all of our users would easily launch us past our fund drive goal.

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

Donors who donate between now and 5:00 pm EST on Saturday, November 14 will be entered in today’s drawing.
And here is the prize that could be yours!!!

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From Wiley:

The Concise Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics
Edited by Carol A. Chapelle
https://www.wiley.com/en-us/The+Concise+Encyclopedia+of+Applied+Linguistics-p-9781119147374

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What an exciting opportunity to win an excellent publication for yourself! These giveaways are just a small way for us to say thank you to all of our donors and supporters. Without donations from our users, LINGUIST List will simply be unable to continue to unite our discipline by facilitating the compilation and dissemination of linguistically-relevant books, journals, reviews, job postings, and conference posting, just to name of few of our numerous services you rely upon. Every little bit helps!

Thanks and good luck!

With gratitude,
– Your LINGUIST List team

Challenge Update: Week 9

Hello LINGUIST Listers!

We’re here with our week 9 Challenges Updates. Since last week we have gone up 5.36% which pushes us just over our halfway mark. We have now reached 50.5% of our goal!

For the Subfield Challenge we had an upset for first place. It looks like Syntax wanted their spot back and they are now in the lead with $2,655. Sociolinguistics is in second place with $2,560. These two are really close! We have Phonology in third place with $2,330.32 in donations. The competition between these three subfields has been neck-and-neck throughout this year’s Fund Drive.

For the top two spots in the University Challenge we haven’t seen an update, but Indiana University is holding on strong to their first place spot with $1,385 in donations from 8 donors. Wayne State University is still in second place with $1,100 in donations from 3 donors. For third place, we do see an update. The University of South Carolina is still in third place, but we see an increase in money donated and donors. They now have $960 in donations and 13 donors.

We see a rather large increase in the number of donors from North America for the Regional Challenge. Since our last update 11 more people have updated bringing them to 141 total and keeping them in first place. Europe is still in second place with 102 donors which is also a large increase since last week which was 86 donors. Asia is in third place with 14 donors.

We’ve seen quite a lot of activity from our donors this past week. We at LL greatly appreciate all of your support. Tune in next week to see another update!

…and if you would like to donate, you can do so by visiting our donation page here: https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/donate/

Sincerely,
– The LL Team

An Easy Way to Help the LINGUIST List

Dear linguists,

If you use Amazon, you can generate a donation to the LINGUIST List at no cost to yourself. 
 
Its 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. LINGUIST List has received this calendar year 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 do so by visiting our fund drive website here: https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/donate/

Status Update: End of Week 8

Hello LINGUIST Listers,

We hope that you are all doing well. Thank you for keeping up with us during a time when there are many other events to draw one’s attention. This week we made it to 48.24%. We are very close to the 50% mark and need $705.09 to reach it. If you have not already donated and you are on the fence, this is one of those opportunities for you to help us reach a big checkpoint. Remember that any amount helps. A big thank you to all of you who have already supported us and in case you missed it, your donations are tax deductible: https://blog.linguistlist.org/fund-drive/fund-drive-donation-information/

If you are interested in contributing to the fund drive, you can do so by visiting our donation page here: https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/

We hope the rest of your weekend goes well!

All the best,
– The LL Team

Fund Drive: Donation Information

Hello all,

We have gotten some questions about donations and we wanted to provide some more information for you.

Donations to The LINGUIST List via The Indiana University Foundation are tax-deductible (IU Foundation is registered to solicit charitable contributions in all states requiring registration. For the full disclosure statement, see go.iu.edu/89n). The LINGUIST List is hosted by Indiana University which is why donations are going through an IU webpage.

If you are interested in setting up a recurring donation that is also possible. To set up a recurrent gift to The LINGUIST List with IU Foundation please visit: https://www.myiu.org/recurring-gift?sc=AG21GANIUFO4GNWETF25M

Then please type “Linguist List” in the ‘search more funds’ field. If The LINGUIST List is not selected then your donation will go to IU rather than to us.

Thank you all for your donations and your continued support. If you have any other questions about donations please reach out to us.

Thank you!

Sincerely,
LL Team

Challenge Update: Week 8

Hello readers!

Welcome to our week 8 challenge updates! Since our update last week, we have gone up a significant number of percentage points. We were at 36.11% last week and as of this post’s writing we are at 45.14%!

It looks like we have had some competition in the Subfield Challenge over the past week. Sociolinguistics wanted a taste of first place, and they have it with $2,560 in donations. Phonology is still in second place with $2,307.32. Syntax has since fallen to third place with $2,080 donated.

For the University Challenge we still have our host university, Indiana University, in first place with $1,385 from 8 donors. For second place we have a new member in the top three — Wayne State University with $1,100 in donations from 3 donors! That puts the University of South Carolina in third place with $935.00 across 12 donors. One top contender that we usually see more activity from is the University of Washington. They typically hold a top 3 position in our challenge, but we have only received one donation of $50 from them this year. Do they plan to make a last minute appearance? Are they perhaps waiting to shake things up towards the end of the fund drive? We will have to wait and see!

North America is still in first place for the Region Challenge with 130 donors which is an increase of 21 new donors in a week! In second place we have Europe with 86 donors which is 8 more donors than last week. Asia is still in third place and they have had one new donor this past week.

These challenges are really heating up this year! Tune in next week for another challenge update and if you want to affect the outcome for your favorite challenge group, you can find our donation website here: https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/donate/

All the best,
– The LL Team

Fun Facts: Halloween

Hello Linguist Listers,

As Halloween approaches, LINGUIST List is pleased to announce a special conference* that would not be possible at other times of the year.

Conference Title: Special Conference on Historical Linguistics and Philology: resolving controversies once and for all

Dates: October 31, 2020, Midnight to 1 am

Venue: Steinau, Germany (hometown of the renowned philologists Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm)

Conference Description:

Due to the annual thinning of the veil between this world and the next, we will be able to hear from an exciting series of invited speakers that we would otherwise not be able to reach. These speakers will be able to shed new light on various controversies in historical linguistics and help us definitively expand our knowledge of proto languages and their development. Keynote Speakers include:

  • Serega, former native speaker of Proto-Indo-European
  • Mikko, former native speaker of Proto-Uralic
  • Parvati, former native speaker of Proto-Dravidian

The conference will be live-streamed, but due to the incorporeal nature of our invited speakers, only an audio portion will be available. For those of you attending in person, please bring your own Ouija board in order to participate in the Q & A session following each talk. In the interests of time, and because our speakers will not be familiar with modern alphabets, closed (yes/no) questions are encouraged.

*DISCLAIMER: This is not a real conference, but a bit of fun in the spirit of Halloween. Happy Halloween everyone! We hope you enjoy the holiday weekend safely.