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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/).

Final Advisor’s Challenge!

The Second and Final Advisors Challenge! LAST CHANCE for your donation to be matched!

Exciting news! LINGUIST List’s board has graciously pledged to match $500 if we can raise $500 of our own within the next 24 hours! TODAY is the LAST day that your donation of up to $500 can have double the impact! $500 is only half of the price of a one-night stay at the Four Seasons Resort in Bora Bora! But we understand if you, like us, probably can’t afford a trip to Bora Bora anytime soon. A donation of ANY amount is incredibly helpful and meaningful. As we said at the beginning of our Fund Drive, if 50% of our readership donated $5, we would be well set for the next year, and today, your donations will count double!

If you’re able, please donate TODAY! We are incredibly grateful to serve the international linguistics community and look forward to continuing our service 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.

Buy LINGUIST List a Pack of Gum or a Candy Bar!

Today, we’re inviting you to donate $2 (or any amount) to LINGUIST List, and honestly, it is difficult to think of very many things nowadays that only cost $2. However, if each of our subscribers donated just $2 (the equivalent cost of a candy bar or pack of gum), we would meet – and in fact surpass – our entire fundraising goal for this year! As our Fund Drive draws to a close, if you use LINGUIST List on a regular basis but haven’t yet donated, I would encourage you to make a donation of $2. For a nonprofit organization like LINGUIST List, it’s not the big one-time donations that make the most difference, but the small, steady donations over time. YOU have the power to keep LINGUIST List up and running, and by doing so, support the work of linguists the world over!

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.

Once again, we want to express our deepest gratitude to those who have donated during this year’s Fund Drive and those who give regularly throughout the year. We could not continue our work without your generous support!

Advisor’s Matched Funds Challenge!

A Challenge has been issued! Donate THIS WEEKEND to make double the impact!

LINGUIST List’s board of advisors has announced that, if we can raise $500 over the weekend, they will match the amount with $500 of their own! That’s right – for THIS WEEKEND ONLY, your donation (up to $500) will have DOUBLE the impact, ensuring that LINGUIST List can continue to support the work of linguists the world over. However, their offer is only good for the next 48 hours!

If you’re able, please donate TODAY so that your donation can be matched! We are counting on you, our subscribers, to rise to this challenge issued by our advisors!

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.

Buy LINGUIST List a Coffee or Tea!

As you know, LINGUIST List is staffed almost entirely by graduate students, with the exception of our fearless faculty leader, Dr. Malgorzata Cavar. As finals and the holidays approach, I think it’s safe to say we’re not alone in needing a bit of extra caffeine! We invite you to support your fellow linguists by donating the equivalent of the cost of a cup of tea or coffee ($5 or any amount). By supporting LINGUIST List, you are not only supporting the work of other professional linguists, but also supporting up-and-coming linguists, including us, the staff of LINGUIST List, as well as numerous other undergraduate and graduate students who rely on LINGUIST List’s resources as their gateway into the linguistics community. This time of year, no matter where we are in our linguistics journey, we could all use a pick-me-up in the form of a hot beverage!

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 those who have already donated. Your support warms our hearts 🙂

Buy LINGUIST List a Weird Gadget!

There are a lot of weird, and probably unnecessary, gadgets on Amazon.com. For instance, for $10, you could buy one of the following:

– a waterproof notepad to record genius ideas that strike you in the shower
– an umbrella hat, because why hold an umbrella when you can wear it on your head?
– a mold to make perfectly spherical ice balls, which apparently melt slower than cubes
– a clay bear that keeps brown sugar from clumping, for those of us who only bake sporadically
– garden gloves with plastic claws on the ends of the fingers, to help you dig (or pretend you’re a Mutant from X-Men)
– bandages that look like strips of bacon

OR, instead, you could invest in your favorite essential linguistic resource! We invite you to donate $10 (or any amount) to LINGUIST List. Your donation will help make sure that linguists around the world can continue to freely access our services and resources.

Donations are tax-deductible (in the U.S.) and can be made here:

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 from the bottom of our hearts to those who have already donated!

Staff Letter: Everett Green

Everett Green

Hello, Fellow Linguists!

My name is Everett Green, and I am currently the general editor for the LINGUIST List. I am chiefly responsible for all of the lower traffic submission areas (i.e. FYI’s, Software, Media, Discussions, etc.) but since I am trained on almost all of the editorial areas (sans 3 or 4) I try to spend time helping out my colleagues with their tasks when the opportunity arises. Lately, I have been spending my time managing the fund drive posts so I can not thank those of you who have donated enough, especially in these particularly stressful times.

As some of my colleagues have mentioned, this job gives us a considerable amount of insight into the field of linguistics as a whole and since I have worked in almost all of the editorial areas in some capacity, I have gained a respectable overview of the field of linguistics. In particular the jobs and conference call submission areas showcase some very interesting research. However, I am a bit biased here as these are the two primary areas that I was responsible for in the past. The sampling of the research space that our job provides has been invaluable in helping me to determine my own research interests and, as another bonus, it is quite heartening to see some of the great research that all of you do.

Outside of the LINGUIST List, I am a dual PhD student in Computational Linguistics and Cognitive Science. Generally, I study neural networks (among other techniques) and how we can use these to create artificial agents (i.e. virtual agents, robots) that ground their understanding of language in the context of their environment as humans do in the real world. Lately, I have been studying a special type of neural network called a transformer network which was the network architecture behind the recent breakthrough language model, GPT-3 (explanation here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_x9AwxfjxvE).

The opportunity to work with the faculty here at Indiana University, who have deep knowledge on the aforementioned topics, is not something that I take for granted. Without the support of the LINGUIST List, I would have gone deeply in debt to acquire the knowledge that I currently possess and more than likely would not have been able to be a part of the research community at all. So I cannot thank you all enough for your support. I only hope that I can repay the favor by contributing research that makes all of your lives healthier and happier. Thanks so much for taking time out of your busy day to read about me and I hope to keep assisting all of you in whatever way that I can here at the LINGUIST List.

Best wishes to all of you,

If you haven’t donated and you would like to, you can do so by visiting our donation website here: https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/donate/