Fun Facts

Fun Facts: Linguist or Polyglot?

Hello all,

It’s time for our next Linguist List fun fact! As linguists, we’ve all had the conversation at some point that goes, roughly, “Oh, you’re a linguist? How many languages do you speak?” followed by a hasty explanation of what linguistics actually is and how it is not about learning languages. It certainly doesn’t help that many linguists also happen to be polyglots. This is the case for all of us here at the Linguist List, so for our fun fact this week we’d like to tell you a bit about the languages we speak here, besides the obvious English.

In no particular order, Becca (Jobs) speaks French and Swedish. Nils (Web Development) speaks German and a little bit of Danish. Sarah (Journals and TOCs) really loves Germanic, and knows German, some Icelandic, Old Norse, and various other dead germanic languages. Everett (Conferences and Miscellaneous) knows Spanish, Japanese, and a little German. Jeremy (Books) knows Swahili, Hadza, Nigerian Pidgin, Welsh, German, and Arabic. He’s also teaching his adorable son some Swahili. Gosia (Moderator) knows Russian, Croatian, Polish, and Serbian. Peace (System Administrator) knows Korean. And Yiwen (Web Development, Supports, and Internships) knows Mandarin, Cantonese, German, and some French.

Even though learning languages isn’t what linguistics is about, they’re still pretty neat, so we do it anyway. And it certainly doesn’t hurt to have a broader knowledge of languages.

That’s it for today! Thanks for reading. If you appreciate services provided by the LINGUIST List like book and job announcements, please consider donating to our annual fund drive campaign. We rely on your donations to continue operating and supporting our editors.

Cryptogram Winners! There’s still a few more prizes…

Dear LINGUIST List readers and supporters,

Yesterday, we posted a puzzle for you to solve with the promise of prizes, and you answered the call! We already have winners who have claimed the SpecGram copies and the magnets, and we now have only 7 post cards to give out. The puzzle is below again if you want to solve it for a sweet Speculative Grammarian post card! We’re so grateful to Trey Jones and the awesome editors at SpecGram for sharing their sweet loot (and cool puzzles) with us.

it’s e’s-y!

If you are interested in claiming one of the remaining post cards, write us an email with the answer and send it to:

funddrive[at]linguistlist.org

srobinson[at]linguistlist.org

everett[at]linguistlist.org

 

Congratulations to Jonas, Magdalena, Jessie, Anda, Julia, Brandon, Jing, Angie, Maša, Marcin, Kamil, and Krzysztof! Thank you for playing!

If you haven’t donated to the LINGUIST List yet, what are you waiting for? LL relies on you–our readers and supporters–to keep our services available to linguists all over the world. Click here to donate, ad remember to check the instructions above, how you choose to fill out the form may affect whether we can document your linguistic subfield or university, should you want your donation to be reflected in the weekly challenges updates!

Thanks again for your support over the last 29 years. We truly appreciate our supporters, and we truly appreciate the awesome guys at Speculative Grammarian!

Best regards,

The LL Team

Cryptogram Winners Already!

Wow, our readers are quick draws! It looks like we already have two winners who have claimed the two SpecGram copies. Congratulations to Magdalena and Jonas!

Additionally, two more people have answered and will receive magnets for their quick participation. Congratulations Anda and Jessie!

it’s e’s-y!

We still have more magnets and post-cards, so if you want to write in an answer to the puzzle, send us an email at:

funddrive[at]linguistlist.org

srobinson[at]linguistlist.org

everett[at]linguistlist.org

 

And thank you for playing!

If you haven’t donated to the LINGUIST List yet, what are you waiting for? LL relies on you–our readers and supporters–to keep our services available to linguists all over the world. Click here to donate, ad remember to check the instructions above, how you choose to fill out the form may affect whether we can document your linguistic subfield or university, should you want your donation to be reflected in the weekly challenges updates!

Thanks again for your support over the last 29 years. We truly appreciate our supporters, and we truly appreciate the awesome guys at Speculative Grammarian!

Best regards,

The LL Team

Solve a Puzzle, Win a Prize!

Dear LINGUIST List readers, subscribers, and supporters–

As part of our 2019 Fund Drive, the fine editors at Speculative Grammarian have offered us a challenge!

If you are one of the first to write in and solve the following puzzle, you may win a prize! The first two to write in with the correct answer to the cryptogram will receive a copy of SpecGram for free! After that, we have SpecGram magnets and post cards to send to runners up!

The cryptogram was created using a cipher based on the letter ‘e’.

 

it’s e’s-y!

HOW TO WRITE IN AN ANSWER:

DO NOT comment your answer on a facebook post or other social media–send your answers to one or more of the following addresses:

funddrive[at]linguistlist.org

srobinson[at]linguistlist.org

everett[at]linguistlist.org

 

There’s a limited number of prizes, and it’s first to write in (via the proper communication channel only–email!) first serve!

If you haven’t donated to the LINGUIST List yet, what are you waiting for? LL relies on you–our readers and supporters–to keep our services available to linguists all over the world. Click here to donate, ad remember to check the instructions above, how you choose to fill out the form may affect whether we can document your linguistic subfield or university, should you want your donation to be reflected in the weekly challenges updates!

Thanks again for your support over the last 29 years. We truly appreciate our supporters, and we truly appreciate the awesome guys at Speculative Grammarian!

Best regards,

The LL Team

Fun Facts: Career Search Page

Dear all,

It’s Tuesday again, and we are excited to present more fun facts about our new website.

We designed a brand-new, all-in-one career search page which gives you access to the most recent posts of jobs, internships, and support. Posts are presented in cards which demonstrate the highlights of each post. A handy set of filters are provided if you are looking for something more specific. Also, there is a search box for our readers to search for certain keywords.

You can check out the career search page (beta version) via the following link:

https://new.linguistlist.org/career/search

All of our web developers at Linguist List are graduate students in Linguistics and we are trying our best to revitalize the new website to improve the experience of our readers. Please stay tuned for more fun facts about our new site coming soon!

Yiwen

If you appreciate services provided by the LINGUIST List like book and job announcements, please consider donating to our annual fund drive campaign. We rely on your donations to continue operating and supporting our editors.

If you’ve already donated or just donated, thank you, we appreciate it.

Fun Facts: FAQ Page

Hello all,

It’s Tuesday, which means it’s time for more fun facts! One of the jobs of our editors is to answer questions regarding your posts or our policies. I’ll be honest, we aren’t fans of reading through our policies either. They’re long and pretty dry, as policies often are. We also noticed that many of the questions you, our readers and submitters, have are very similar. In the spirit of our funddrive, and the theme of revitalization, we’ve created a new FAQ to make it much easier for you to find the information you’re looking for!

https://new.linguistlist.org/faq/

It’s one of the many features we’re working on adding to our new website. Speaking of which, watch for next week for more information and fun facts on our new, revitalized website!

Nils

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Fun Fact 2: Virtual Contact Cards

Hello all,

It’s Tuesday again, which means it’s time for our second fun fact! Have you ever wanted an excuse to visit somewhere but can’t justify it because academic life is hard? Conferences are the perfect excuse! Using LINGUIST List’s geoling, you can check out what conferences are nearby your dream travel destination and plan accordingly. Geoling also lists jobs and summer schools, so if you’re looking for a place to visit, or just want to see what’s out there, take a look!

A brand new feature we just added to geoling, thanks to our very own intern Julian Dietrich, is the ability to download contact cards, called vCards, from the huge selection of contacts available through us. By selecting contacts on the menu and then clicking on one of the pins, you can find the download vCard button on the bottom of the short description. This will allow you to automatically add that information to your list of contacts. And yes, it works on both Android and iPhone.

We hope you enjoy the new feature! And there are more coming soon. Talk to you next week for our next fun fact!

If you appreciate services provided by the LINGUIST List like book announcements, please consider donating to our annual fund drive campaign. We rely on your donations to continue operating and supporting our editors.

If you’ve already donated or just donated, thank you, we appreciate it.

Nils

Fun Fact: Our Editors

Hello all,

This is Nils, the web developer at the LINGUIST List, and I’ll be doing this year’s fun facts for our fund drive. I’d like to kick it off with some fun facts about our editors, the people who make sure that everything we post is formatted consistently and the content is relevant to you, our readers. Without our editors the list would get flooded with irrelevant, annoying ads and typos that sneak past our spam filters.

We all come from a wide range of places and backgrounds. To illustrate that, we’ve (almost) all written a bit on where we’re from, which you can find here. Finally, every one of the editors is also a graduate student of Linguistics at Indiana University and we all work part time in the office located just a block away from campus. This is why your donations are so important. They not only support a major source of news in Linguistics, but also a part of the next generation of linguists in their studies.

If you appreciate services provided by the LINGUIST List like book announcements, please consider donating to our annual fund drive campaign. We rely on your donations to continue operating and supporting our editors.

If you’ve already donated or just donated, thank you, we appreciate it.