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Submitting To The LINGUIST List Just Got Easier

Hello all!

After lots of hard work, we are thrilled to announce the beta release of our new submission form! For those who don’t know, we have been working on updating our entire website to make it cleaner, faster, and easier to navigate. You can see the site here: https://new.linguistlist.org/. As part of that process, we’ve created a brand new submission form that’s easier to use for you to submit your posts to the LINGUIST List. The form is designed to guide you through the submission process and make sure we have all the information we need to publish your post. So far, the following posting areas have been completed and tested:

Discussions, FYIs, Internships, Jobs, Media, Notices, Obituaries, Queries, Software, Summaries, and Supports.

If you would like to post to any of those areas, please give the new form a try! Conferences and Workshops are currently being tested and should be released soon. All other areas are under development, and will be tested before they are released to ensure they are fully functional, user-friendly, and secure.

The new form features collapsible cards instead of different pages for each section, making it much more intuitive and easier to follow. Instead of having to go between tabs, you can now open and close the cards as needed, all on one screen. In addition, all posting areas are now in one place, making navigation easier and forms for different areas much more consistent with each other. These improvements aren’t all. We have much more planned once the rest of the posting area forms are finished, so keep an eye out for future improvements.

You can find the new form here: https://new.linguistlist.org/submit/

Let us know what you think! Feedback can be sent to webdev[at]linguistlist.org

Thanks,

Your LINGUIST List team

Featured Staff: Meet Nils Hjortnaes

Dear LINGUIST List subscribers,

Nils Hjortnaes, LINGUIST List programmer

My name is Nils Hjortnaes and I’m a web developer here at LINGUIST List. I’m currently working on the new website fixing any issues that may come up, making it as user friendly as possible, and getting everything running smoothly and cleanly with all the functionality of our old website. If you’re curious how much progress we’ve made, you can check the new site out here.

I am currently an M.A. student in Computational Linguistics here at Indiana University, and I am extremely fortunate to have a job at Linguist List which can support me while I continue down this road to finish my Master’s and into a PhD. It is an honor to be able to support the community through such an important resource as the LINGUIST List.

When I first started my graduate program here, I thought the LINGUIST List was just a site to find jobs and conferences. I have since learned that it does so much more, hosting blogs, forums, various resources, and bringing the linguistic community together, among other things. All of this, including updating the website to be easier, faster, and more friendly to use, is only possible through your donations.

Through your support, we are able to continue hosting and providing so many resources to the linguistic community, as well as support students such as myself who are the backbone of maintaining, improving, and running these valuable resources. We therefore ask that you consider supporting us and the entire community by donating to our fund drive.

From all of us here at the LINGUIST List, thank you very much!

Best,
Nils Hjortnaes
Web Developer

Fun Fact: Multitree edition

Hey everyone,

Ken here with another fun fact for our 2018 Fund Drive campaign. Did you know that LINGUIST List maintains a number of different projects in addition to our listserv, website and social media announcements? We host and maintain projects like Multitree, LL-Map and Qenaga. Today, I’m going to be talking about Multitree.

 

Multitree is a searchable database of proposed language family trees. Multitree was created by going through hundreds of books and recording the proposed genetic relationships in those books. When you search a language or language family, like Niger-Congo, you get an interactive map where you can expand nodes to dive further down a branch of the tree. You can also view a citation for where this tree was taken from.

Multitree is a valuable resource for linguists like you and a fun, interactive way to introduce students to language family trees. It facilitates interdisciplinary collaboration with linguists to reach more accurate conclusions about human language, culture, and history.

 

For more information on Multitree visit http://new.multitree.org/about and for information on how to navigate Multitree and some of the advanced functionality visit http://new.multitree.org/help.

If you appreciate services like Multitree that we continue to maintain and support, please donate to our 2018 Funddrive campaign (https://funddrive.linguistlist.org).

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 Jacob Heredos, Featured Staff of the week!

Jacob started at the LINGUIST List as an intern last summer, and once the summer ended, decided to stay on as an atypical staff member! He’s also the Master Mind behind the Geoling Treasure hunts you’ve been trying to solve (by the way, if you haven’t tried this week’s yet, you should really read this post: https://blog.linguistlist.org/uncategorized/enjoy-a-weekend-getaway-all-from-behind-your-keyboard/, there are prizes to win!)

You can find out about where Jacob comes from here: http://funddrive.linguistlist.org/pages/JacobHeredos/ and read more about what he has to say to you below:

Dear Users of the LINGUIST List,

My name is Jacob. I started working with the LINGUIST List as an intern last summer, less than a week after finishing my BA in Anthropology, International Studies, and Spanish here at Indiana University.

I suppose my place in the LINGUIST List is a bit unorthodox in a few ways. First, you may have noticed that my background is not exactly in Linguistics (though I did minor in it). Second, I have no ties to the posting and editing that make up the core of the List, instead working on a number of our other projects and lending a hand wherever help is needed. Third, while our staff is mostly made up of MA and PhD students, I am no student at all, working only at the LINGUIST List and as a research assistant.

It has been a privilege to work at the LINGUIST List, and I think that my unusual position here has given me a unique perspective on the work that we do. As I moved more and more toward linguistics later in my studies, the LINGUIST List impressed me with its scope and utility. In every other discipline that I have involved myself in, none has anything even close to the central hub that the worldwide linguistics community has in the LINGUIST List. The List makes the world of linguistics, whether in industry or academia, infinitely more accessible to students and young professionals, and its value cannot be overstated.

The LINGUIST List has served the global linguistics community for nearly three decades, and I hope that it can continue to do so for decades to come. In my short time here, I have seen the monumental time and resources necessary to run the List, and the hard work of linguistics students and faculty who balance their own studies, teaching, and research alongside it.

Your generosity is what keeps us serving the community. Thank you for your support, and please donate to allow us to continue to serve you.

http://funddrive.linguistlist.org/

Sincerely,

Jacob

Enjoy a weekend getaway… all from behind your keyboard!

Dear Linguist Listers,

Happy Friday! It’s the weekend, and you know what that means… another edition of the Great LINGUIST Treasure Hunt!

This game involves traveling the (virtual) globe and testing your linguistics wits. The winner will receive a sweet prize, so don’t miss out!

To play, you’ll need to go to GeoLing (http://geoling.linguistlist.org/). To find the buttons you’ll need to navigate the globe, click on the menu button in the upper left hand corner. You can select and unselect Local Events, Jobs, Conferences, and more to view them on the map. Game clues will be found in different locations on different kinds of pins.

To get you started, here’s your first clue:

Featured Linguist San San Hnin Tun has taught on three continents, but she taught at one university for over two decades. You will find your first clue there!

kan kaung ba zay—may the best linguist win!

-Your LL Team

PS: You will need this valuable hint to complete the race: after you’ve found the first clue, which will take you beyond Geoling, you will need to return to Geoling, with your answer from clue 2 to find clue 3!

LINGUIST List Internships 2017

The LINGUIST List invites undergraduate and graduate students as well as particularly motivated senior high school students to the 2017 summer internship program.

Interns at LINGUIST List have the opportunity to participate in the daily operations of the LINGUIST List, including editing submissions to the LINGUIST List and correspondence with linguists.

Apart from that interns will have the opportunity to work under the supervision of local or visiting faculty at The LINGUIST List on concrete research projects related to language and STEM sub-disciplines, language documentation, as well as engineering of software solutions and algorithms, mathematical concepts and methods, and technologies related to speech and language data.

Depending on individual interests or skills interns can get involved in the following LINGUIST List related projects for a certain proportion of their work time:

  • GeoLing: A web-application that maps LINGUIST List events, institutions, resources on a GIS system for mobile devices and access
  • Voice interface: Development of dialogs and speech interfaces for use with Amazon Echo/Alexa, Google Home, Cortana, etc. to provide LINGUIST List information over these voice systems/interfaces, develop new linguistic “skills” and extend existing ones
  • Improvement of the new LINGUIST List website and content, applications like Ask-a-Ling, and new services and applications

 

Interns will get an opportunity to also work with:

For more information on the specific projects read about them on the specific pages and visit our “Get Involved” site.

 

Thierry Declerck visiting the LINGUIST List

Thierry Declerck

Thierry Declerck

We were happy to have Thierry Declerck from the DFKI here in Bloomington over the last weeks. He writes:

“I have been visiting the Indiana University on the occasion of a workshop on Corpora in the Digital Humanities that I co-organised with Sandra Kübler.  At the same time I was very happy to follow an invitation by Damir Cavar to visit the office of the LINGUIST List and to discuss issues related to the topics of the workshop, especially in the field of low-resourced languages, and how to make resources for such languages available and more visible. Damir made an impressive presentation of the use and adaptation of recent speech technology products (e.g. Amazon Echo/Alexa, Google Home) for accessing information available at the LINGUIST List (including information about conferences, workshops, jobs, or notes on language resources and technologies).

Thanks for hosting me and for the discussions we also had in the days following the workshop and my first visit at the LINGUIST List offices and hoping to continue the exchanges.”

Thierry Declerck

 

The LINGUIST List Team at the LSA Annual Meeting 2017 in Austin, Texas

The LINGUIST List team at the booth at LSA Annual Meeting in Austin, demonstrating GeoLing, Alexa’s Flash Briefing LINGUIST List module, and many other new projects…

 

 

This is probably the first time that LINGUIST List posts have been edited and approved on the highway while driving from Bloomington, IN, to Austin, TX.

At the conference:

 

 

GeoLing shows linguistic events and institutions on a global map

The LINGUIST List has added a new service to its set of web applications: GeoLing

GeoLing allows you to submit announcements of local linguistic events. See for details the HOWTO page of GeoLing.

It also allows you to view all active conference, job, and summer school announcements that are submitted to LINGUIST List on a global map.

In addition to these exciting new functionalities, GeoLing also displays on a global map all linguistic institutions, programs, organizations, even office addresses that were submitted to LINGUIST List.

GeoLing can link to your institutional online calendar and read all local events from it automatically so that you do not have to update the events on GeoLing manually. GeoLing also understands emails with attached addresses in the vCards format, iCalendar or vCal event data submitted to it via email from your favorite contact management software or app, or your PIM or organizer. You will find more details on the HOWTO pages of GeoLing.

LINGUIST List can host online calendars for your institution and link them to GeoLing. Please let us know, if you are interested in this service.

The interface will allow you in the next version to display selected events. For example, you should be able to display all events that are related to “Optimality Theory”, or to “Syntax” of “Slavic languages”. You should be able to find all “theoretical syntax” jobs, or jobs related to “Natural Language Processing”, “Speech Recognition”, “Pragmatics”, “Translation”. There is a limited search facility implemented already. We are working on more improvements.
The displayed information about the events will allow you soon to “add the event to my calendar” or “add the address to my address book” on mobile devices like tablets or smart phones. We are working on that.

 

We hope you like this new service.

Your LINGUIST List Team