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A behind-the-scenes peek at our new website…

Lwin, Katha, Paige and Clare

The past few months, we have seen great progress in our new website, thanks to the hard work of our web development team. This summer, we hosted two interns, Katha and Paige, who formed the core of our team, spending many hours making our new website functional and beautiful. With assistance from Lwin, our programmer, and input from Clare, one of our student editors, these two have brought us even closer to the launch of a new and improved website that we are sure our readers will enjoy.

While Paige will be continuing her work on the new website this fall, Katha has reached the end of her internship at the LINGUIST List, and will be returning to Germany soon to finish her bachelor’s thesis. To say goodbye and celebrate the end of our “summer” web development phase, we would like to share with you some of the progress the team has made!

Our new home page features custom graphics for our various services, book announcements from Cambridge University Press, and an RSS feed with the latest issues of the LINGUIST List. Here you’ll always be able to see what’s new, front and center.

The new browse/search form will allow you to search and filter through the latest announcements in each area, making all of our issues easily accessible.

The new submission form is dynamic, easily accessed for any area, and user-friendly for all areas!

As you may have seen for yourself, the new password reset feature is already active. If you forget your password when logging in, you can now use this page to automatically reset your password within minutes.

We wanted to thank you, our readers and supporters, for your donations this year that made it possible for us to support our summer interns and fund this development. We still have some features to develop and corners to polish, but we hope to soon be able to announce the launch of some of these features, so stay tuned!

– Your LINGUIST List Team

 

Meet our 2017 Interns!

This summer we have been joined by seven new interns, who are working on projects like redesigning our website, developing new speech corpora, learning the ropes of editing, and more! Learn more about them below. If joining the ranks of these brilliant young interns interests you, watch out for the opening of the 2018 application cycle next spring! In the meantime, you can learn more about getting involved with the LINGUIST List here.

 

Taitum Caggiano, who is pursuing her Linguistics B.A. at Indiana University, has been working on a few different annotation projects at the LINGUIST List this summer ranging from sibilants in Heritage Polish to voicing in Chatino. She is mostly interested in subjects related to Second and East Asian languages and is planning on teaching English through the Peace Corps after graduation. When she isn’t in the office or busy with other commitments, Taitum enjoys hiking, baking bread, and painting.

 

 

 

Julian Dietrich is joining us for his second year interning at the LINGUIST List. He is currently developing an application for our new website using Django. He’s excited about familiarizing himself with this technology, because he is entering his second year as an informatics major in the fall. In his free time, he likes to hike, travel, and listen to music.

 

 

 

Paige Goulding is working on the redesign of the LINGUIST List website. She is originally from outside Philadelphia, but is in Bloomington pursuing her Master’s in Computational Linguistics from Indiana University. Outside of academia, Paige enjoys writing, baking, dogs, and anything to do with Harry Potter.

 

 

Jacob Heredos is a second-year intern who has worked with LL-Map, MultiTree, and San Juan Quiahije Chatino. This summer he is applying updates to MultiTree and annotating the Chatino corpus. Jacob earned his BA in Anthropology, International Studies, and Spanish with a minor in Linguistics from Indiana University in 2016 and will be traveling to Oaxaca, Mexico, after leaving the LINGUIST List in September. In his free time, Jacob enjoys running, cooking, hiking, reading, camping, and learning languages.

 

 

 

 

Katharina Suhr is working as an intern for the Linguist List from July to October. She studied Information Management in Hannover, Germany. Before starting her Bachelor degree she finished an apprenticeship in a library and was part of a one year exchange from Germany to the US. During her internship Katha is working on the new webite and GeoLing. In her free time she enjoys reading, travelling and taking photos.

 

Daniel McDermott is working at LINGUIST List on the Texas German Dialect Project. He graduated with a BA in Linguistics from California State University, Fullerton and is looking to pursue graduate studies in the near future. His primary interests involve the study of language change, language contact, and historical linguistics. His research pertains to the Germanic languages, namely German and Norwegian, as well as other languages with which these tongues have come into contact. By aiding in the study of Texas German, Daniel hopes to glean insight into the world of dialect studies from a computational perspective, so as to apply this knowledge to future research efforts. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, writing, and drumming.

 

Sarah Robinson is a new editor at LINGUIST List, having started her training in spring 2017. She hails from Northern Nevada, where she attended the University of Nevada, Reno and graduated with a BA in English with an Emphasis on Linguistics. She is currently working on an MA in General Linguistics at Indiana University, Bloomington. Her research interests are mainly in the realm of historical phonology, as well as philology and manuscript studies. In her spare time, she loves to read, hike, learn interesting new things, and play video games.

 

 

 

Melanie Smith is also contributing to the Texas German Dialect Project. She is from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and will return to the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in the fall to start her third year pursuing her BA in Linguistics and German, and minor in Japanese. She plans to spend the spring semester studying in Germany, and to eventually pursue graduate studies in Linguistics. Her main areas of interest are sociolinguistics, language acquisition, and language pedagogy. In her free time, she enjoys playing the piano, baking, and visiting museums.

How do you say “The LINGUIST List” in your native language?

Dear LINGUIST List readers,

Thank you for reading us daily (or less often) through this blog, the website, the mailing lists, Social Media etc! We’re writing to you to tell you about an opportunity to leave your mark on the LINGUIST List website.

Did you know that our 1990’s website was developed by a team of enthusiastic Linguistics students under the wing of Helen Dry and Anthony Aristar (more about our history here: https://linguistlist.org/about.cfm#history)? As time goes by, it is time for us to develop a new look! And in fact, a new Website is in the making — have a peak here: https://new.linguistlist.org/!

We still have some work to do before officially launching it, and we’re now writing to you  to let you know about an amazing chance to contribute to the new LINGUIST List website!

Here is our question: how does our name, ”The LINGUIST List”, translate in your native language? We’re curious about all languages, official or not, remote and small or spoken by half of the world! If some would call your native language a dialect, we are still interested! (Note: we’re not curious about how it is automatically translated by a machine 🙂 please just send us your native language!)

To answer, simply follow this link to a very simple form: https://goo.gl/forms/tAcl9CL7fx6jsQwo2

Thank you for your contribution. We look forward to reading your answers!

Linguistically yours,

The LINGUIST List crew

 

New LINGUIST List services and settings!

We have activated automatic feeds of published issues, news, blogs, and other information to two more social media channels.  For a while now all LINGUIST List issues were emailed to the list subscribers and posted on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.  The local events announcements made on GeoLing are displayed on the Geo-App online and also forwarded to these social media channels.  We have now reactivated the LINGUIST List blog on Tumblr.  And, from now on we also forward all issues and messages directly to LinkedIn as well.  This means, all conference announcements, job ads, book reviews, etc., will also be available on LinkedIn, Tumblr, and all the other social media sites.

The LINGUIST List page on Facebook has been verified and we added an opportunity to use a “donate” button and support the LINGUIST List operations.  The Twitter page is in the process of being verified or certified.

As you all know, The LINGUIST List provides an Amazon Echo / Alexa Flash Briefing service.  You can subscribe to the most recent announcements on LINGUIST List using your Alexa App, or you can select any combination of the specific posting areas.  If you want Alexa to inform you about new job ads or just book announcements, this is possible.

Another new setting affects all websites.  The new default setting at LINGUIST List is that all websites are using encryption in the default, that is, all URLs are redirected to “https”.  You should see a secure browsing symbol close to the URL in your browser window.

We are happy to provide you with good and secure service!

All the best from the entire

LINGUIST List Team

 

The Spring 2017 LINGUIST List Fund Drive is over! Thank you!

Dear Colleagues, Linguist List supporters, linguistics and language lovers,

The Spring 2017 LINGUIST List Fund Drive is over! With more than $ 40,000 donated by 814 of you, we’ve decided to close the Fund Drive for this season. We are so grateful for all of your donations, big and small, for all your support and letters of encouragement during this time — and the rest of the year, too! We could not keep operating without your enthusiasm and generosity. There is no Linguistics Online Community without Linguists actively involved.

This year’s Fund Drive received some amazing contributions from the crew at Speculative Grammarian. To them we are especially grateful! When we contacted the Chief Editor, Trey Jones, shortly before the Fund Drive, the whole team immediately jumped by our side and contributed riddles, puzzles, jokes and prizes, most of which you’ve encountered in our great Geoling Treasure Hunts! If you’ve enjoyed the fun they provided, there’s a lot more to be found on their website which is really worth a read (trust us): http://specgram.com/

We’d also like to thank our Advisors, who have collectively donated more than any institution in the challenges! They contributed with their donations, and also with their advice, and by cheering on the competitions. Thank you, also, to those of our supporting publishers who have generously donated the prizes for our lotteries, among others Edinburgh University Press, John Benjamins, Morgan & Claypool Publishers, Multilingual Matters, Springer and University of Nebraska Press!

Now after all these special thanks, we really want you, readers, to know how much we appreciate your donations, because without them, we wouldn’t exist. This support shows us that we are not alone in our cause. We believe that in today’s world, with the rising importance of social media and news at the center of our societies, maintaining a free, neutral scientific platform is truly crucial, it is in fact an obligation for all those who can contribute. In this age more than ever we need to, we have to use this great opportunity to be united as Language Scientists across the world.

We are aware that asking for donations once a year does not suit every wallet. So we now would like to make you aware of two ways you can support the LINGUIST List with smaller gifts, or even for free!

1) Becoming a recurring donor: with the instructions from this link, you can set up smaller donations to give us, for the amount and recurrence of your choice: http://linguistlist.org/issues/26/26-2068.html

2) AmazonSmile: this option will cost you nothing and make a big difference for us! You can ask Amazon to donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the LINGUIST List by shopping here: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/45-4211155! Just follow the link and make sure that your charity is set to the eLinguistics Foundation, the 501(c) non-profit organization that supports LINGUIST List.

And as always, if you cannot donate monetarily, you can help us out in other ways, such as liking, sharing, and re-tweeting our Fund Drive posts on social media. If you like LINGUIST List and have benefited from our free service, tell us and your friends about LINGUIST List!

Linguistically yours,

– The LINGUIST List Crew
Malgosia, Damir, Lwin, Amanda, Clare, Mike, Yue, Ken, Jacob, Helen and Robert

Announcing the 2017 Fund Drive Champions!

Dear Subscribers,

We did it!! We’ve met our Advisor’s Challenge, with $40,102.55 donated collectively by 805 of you!

Congratulations and thank you for helping us meet this Challenge! With the end of the Advisor’s challenge, also comes the closing of our Universities, Subfields, Countries and Regions Challenges! We’re now pleased to announce the 2017 LINGUIST List Fund Drive Champions:

University Challenge: Indiana University is the winner!
This was a VERY tight competition, so we’d like to express special congratulations to the Univeristy of Washington, our 2016 Champions, for such a close second place!
The Third place is held by Stanford University!

Subfield Challenge: For the second year in a row, the first place goes to Syntax!
Runners up: Computational Linguistics and Sociolinguistics! Congratulations!

Region Challenge: North America is in first place, followed by Europe and Asia!

Countries top 10:

After a long running tie, Germany and Canada have passed the UK!

United States of America (USA)
Germany
Canada
United Kingdom
Netherlands
Spain
Japan
France
Switzerland
Italy

Thank you to all for your participation in the Challenges, and Congratulations to the winners! In addition you’ve all won our sincere gratitude.

There are still a few days left to donate before the end of the Fund Drive, so if you would like to contribute to our cause, head over here: http://funddrive.linguistlist.org/donate/

Best,

–the LINGUIST List Crew

Exciting Prizes to win!

Dear Readers,

Thanks to all your support this far, we have passed 50% of our goal for this Fund Drive! Now with $38,831.76, we have almost reached the 40,000 needed in order to meet our Advisor’s Challenge!

This week, we are launching our FINAL LINGUIST List Lottery draw! For any donation you make, your name will be entered for a chance to win one of the following prizes:

1) Books 2 (Literacy) and 7 (Language Testing and Assessment) of the Encyclopedia of Language and Education, 2nd Edition, published by Springer

2) The book of your choice from Multilingual Matters (http://www.multilingual-matters.com) and a one year subscription to the journal Anthropological Linguistics, published by the University of Nebraska Press

If you donate more than $10, every extra $10 gets your name entered once more into the draw! The draw will take place on Monday, May 8, so you have exactly one week to donate!

Want to win a prize but don’t have any money to give? Just share the word on social media, by telling people why you appreciate the LINGUIST List with the hashtag: #whyIlovetheLINGUISTlist! For every post you tag with this mention, your name will be entered in a draw dor a chance to win this prize:

The Written Questionnaire in Social Dialectology, by Stefan Dollinger, published by John Benjamins

Finally, until we reach 40,000, our challenges are still running! Donate to support your team! Right now, Indiana University has passed Washington for the first place, and Syntax is in front of Computational Linguistics! Follow the challenges at the links below:

http://funddrive.linguistlist.org/subfield/
http://funddrive.linguistlist.org/university/
http://funddrive.linguistlist.org/region/
http://funddrive.linguistlist.org/country/

Thanks for your support, and good luck to all!

http://funddrive.linguistlist.org/donate/

–The LINGUIST List team

Do you have what it takes?

Dear readers,

As you may know, we here at the LINGUIST List are a competitive bunch, and we’re convinced that our readers are too. During this Fund Drive, we’ve shared mind-bending games and puzzles, as well as the annual Fund Drive challenges. We’ve called you to action in the name of your institution, your subfield, your country and global region. The competition in these challenges has been fierce–what else could we expect from our brilliant and ambitious user base?

Now, we have another challenge for you. Our board of advisors has generously pledged to donate $3600 to the LINGUIST List, on one condition: our readers need to DOUBLE that amount. But we thought that might be a bit too humble a goal for our readers… because we think you could even TRIPLE that. After all, there are 30,000 of you, and only 54 of them!

So now we ask you–do you think you can meet the challenge? We believe in you! If you think you have what it takes, visit our Fund Drive page to join the challenge TODAY.

Gratefully yours,

The LINGUIST List crew

#whyIlovethelinguistlist – Spread the Word!

 

Dear LINGUIST Listers,

Thank you to all those who have donated so far during our Fund Drive! We are happy to say we are almost to $30 000… a dollar for every one of our users!

However, donating isn’t the only way to support us! You can also help us by spreading the word on social media! Use the hashtag #whyIlovetheLINGUISTList to share with us and with your friends! We want to know about the time you found your first job through our Jobs board, the time you organized your conference with EasyAbs, the time you got feedback for your research through a Query post… whatever your success story, we would love to hear about it! We will share these stories on our pages on Facebook (linguistlist), Twitter (@linguistlist) and Google+ (+LINGUISTList)!

Post #whyIlovetheLINGUISTList today and help us get the word out about our Fund Drive! And if you haven’t yet, visit our Fund Drive homepage (http://funddrive.linguistlist.org) to read more about what we do and to donate today!

Gratefully yours,
The LINGUIST crew

Featuring: Yue Chen, LINGUIST List Editor

This week, we’re featuring Yue Chen, one of the five LINGUIST List Editors! Yue Chen comes all the way from China (find out all about her home town here ). By donating to the LINGUIST List (http://funddrive.linguistlist.org/donate/), you are directly impacting her academic career, by providing her with the support she needs to complete her studies. Here follow a few words from her to you:

 

Dear LINGUIST List subscribers,

My name is Yue Chen and I am one of the editors at the LINGUIST List. When you read about summer schools, FYIs, institutions and programs, or reset your password on LL, I am the human machine behind them. 🙂

I am an international student from Chengdu, China, currently pursuing a Ph.D. degree in Computational Linguistics at Indiana University. (Want to learn more about my hometown? Here it is: http://funddrive.linguistlist.org/pages/YueChen/) As you probably know, higher education in the US is expensive, especially for international students. Thanks to the LINGUIST List, I was offered an assistantship and was able to afford my (upcoming) Ph.D. degree.

This would not have happened without your generous donation. Thank you!

It is with your help that we can make the LINGUIST List a better service and Linguistics a even better discipline. Thank you!

http://funddrive.linguistlist.org/donate/

Yours sincerely,
Yue Chen