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A Brief History of the LINGUIST List

Hello LINGUIST Listers,

Thanks again for visiting our blog!

Today, we would like to give you a little insight about the beginnings of the website. Did you know that the LINGUIST List was one of the first sites on the web? (You may have guessed as much from our “classic” layout). It was originally started in the year 1990 before web browsers (or the internet for that matter) had become popular among the general public. The website began its journey at the University of Western Australia with our founders, Professor Anthony Aristar and his wife, Professor Helen Aristar-Dry. Roughly one year later, the LINGUIST List made a quick move to Texas A&M University. The main editing site, however, was established at Eastern Michigan University where most of the life of the website has been centered. In 1994, the website already had over 5,000 subscribers. This may not sound like much nowadays but considering the relative number of internet users at the time, this was quite a lot! It was around this time that the LINGUIST List even held its own online conference. In the following years the LINGUIST List made a few more moves. In 1997 it moved away from Texas A&M to its own site, in 1998 a second editing site was established at Wayne State University, and in 2006 all of the LINGUIST List’s operations moved to Eastern Michigan University. Five years later in 2013, our original founders retired and handed off the reigns to our current moderators, Professors Damir and Malgorzata Cavar. Finally, in 2014, the LINGUIST List moved to Indiana University where it currently resides today.

Over this period of time the LINGUIST List has accumulated a number of useful resources, many of which we have detailed in some of our other blog posts. We are only able to offer these services, however, with the help of our generous community members like yourself. Our fund drive is currently ongoing and we need your help to continue making the linguistics community awesome. Your donations in particular strengthen the linguistics community by providing resources and valuable information to your fellow linguists. Join us in this endeavor by donating what you can today!

One of the oldest websites on the internet

With gratitude,

The LINGUIST List Team

Have you heard of LINGUIST List’s Geoling Service?

GeoLing is a map service that displays on a global map all linguistics information posted to LINGUIST List  — from jobs, to conferences, to internships. The LINGUIST List posts to the mailing list only events of global relevance, but if you want to inform the community about any local events in your area, GeoLing is the tool you want to use. When you submit events to GeoLing, they are not only displayed on the GeoLing map, but also forwarded to all LINGUIST List pages on social media. They will be also made accessible via Amazon Alexa.

 

Find events in your area using Geoling’s global map!

Any information that contains geo-coordinates or addresses – when  posted on LINGUIST List (using the structured submission interface on its website: http://linguistlist.org/LL/posttolinguist.cfm) is instantly mapped on GeoLing and does not need to be separately posted on GeoLing

 

If you want to make public information about:

  • Talks and meetings at your local departments
  • Colloquium presentations
  • Workgroup meetings
  • The office address of your institution, department, program
  • Book presentations
  • Language resources, data sets, tools
  • And other information of local and regional interest

submit the announcements to GeoLing!

 

GeoLing runs on all major browsers and on mobile devices.

 

To learn how to submit a local event, please visit: http://geoling.linguistlist.org/howto/

 

To add a local event, please visit: http://geoling.linguistlist.org/add/

 

The LINGUIST List team will release the entire code of the GeoLing app on GitHub in the next days! Stay tuned and watch for updates at:

 

https://github.com/dcavar/GeoLing

 

We will continue to put our full efforts into GeoLing and expand its capabilities and features. You are welcome to join us and help us by forking the GitHub repo.

Lastly, we ask that you all please consider making a donation to Fund Drive 2018. To keep our services, such as the cool, exciting and most of all FREE GeoLing, and all of our other features up and running  we need your help. Please consider supporting The LINGUIST List in our 2018 Fund Drive by making a donation at http://funddrive.linguistlist.org/donate/

 

 

 

Support like yours is vital to our ongoing efforts to upgrade and develop services like GeoLing. We hope you will continue to support us so we can better support you!

Enjoy!

Yours,

The LINGUIST List Team

Syntax is leading in the Subfield Challenge!

 

Hello again linguists and supporters! Check out our most recent challenge rankings to find out where your university or subfield stands!

In the Subfield Challenge:
Syntax dominates with a total of $4847 in donations!
Computational Linguistics comes up second with $3600.
Sociolinguistics comes in third with a total of $2649.

In the University Challenge:
University of Washington looks to win for a second year in a row with a total of $2745 from 39 donors.
Indiana University, our proud host institution, comes in second with $2275 from 24 donors.
Stanford University still holds third with $1370 from 20 donors.

Region Challenge:
North American leads with 287 total donors.
Europe maintains a strong second place with 144 donors.
Asia retains third with 27 donors.

Country Challenge:
The US continues in the lead with 259 donors.
Germany comes in second with 42 donors.
Canada hold third with 28 donors.

We’re grateful for your support and participation. Three cheers to our donors, who’ve been behind us for nearly three decades.
–The LL Team

Challenges Update–May the best University Win?

Hello again linguists and supporters! Check out our most recent challenge rankings to find out where your university or subfield stands!

In the Subfield Challenge:
Syntax is in the lead–for now!–with $4775 total in donations. Go Syntax!
In second place, Computational Linguistics follows with $3600 even.
In third Sociolinguistics comes up with $2089 total.

In the University Challenge:
University of Washington maintains a lead with $2745 from a total of 39 donors.
But look out, because Indiana University is not far behind, with $2275 from a total of 24 donors.
Finally, Stanford University retains third for now, with a total of $1370 from 20 donors.

Region Challenge:
North America currently holds the lead with 272 donors in all.
Europe comes in second with 131 donors–can they close the gap?
And finally Asia comes in third with 36 donors.

Country Challenge:
The USA holds the first place with a total of 247 donors.
Germany comes in a distant second with 36 total donors.
And Canada holds its hard-earned spot in third with a total of 25 donors, looking, perhaps, to upset Germany soon!

We’re grateful for your support and participation. Three cheers to our donors, who’ve been behind us for nearly three decades. Check out the full rankings at https://linguistlist.org/indexfd.cfm!
–The LL Team

Challenges Update… with a twist!

Hello Linguists and Supporters! Today we thought that the challenges update should highlight those who haven’t been able to hold the spotlight yet, the universities and subfields that are in 3rd place through 6th place–those who are just shy of making it into the top!

Check to see if your university makes the list, and if they do, why not push to break into the top three! And look here for the complete listings!

So without further ado, here are the runner-ups in the challenges!

In Subfields:
Phonology takes fourth with $2064–not far behind third place holder Sociolinguistics!
Semantics takes fifth with a total of $1753. Can Semantics overtake Phonology?
Historical Linguistics brings up sixth with $1368! Way to go Historical Linguists!
Current overall leader (for now!): Syntax.

In Universities:
University of South Carolina comes in fourth with $705 from 8 donors! With just a little push, they could catch up to Stanford and put themselves in the top!
Arizona State University is close behind, with $540 from 3 donors.
The Ohio State University brings up fourth $313.00 from 7 donors.
Current leader: University of Washington… but not by too much!

In Regions:
Australia comes in fourth with 7 donors.
The Middle East comes in fifth with 5 donors.
South America comes in sixth with 4 donors. We are so grateful for our donors all over the world! Thanks for being part of the work we do here!
Current leader: North America.

In countries:
Fourth place is currently held by the United Kingdom, with 17 donors–and it’s a slim enough margin to overtake current third place holder Canada in no time.
Austria started out as a frontrunner, and currently holds fifth place with 11 donors. Just a few more to retake your spot, Austria!
Italy comes in sixth with 8 donors… but it closely followed by Japan, the Netherlands, and Spain, off of which are represented by 7 donots each!

The fund drive total currently stands at 62% of the goal, with $14,945 left to go! If each of our users donated just $5, we would not only be done in a heartbeat, but multiply it tenfold! Thanks for being with us the last 28 years as we work to create and maintain a global linguistics community.

–The LL team

It’s a very close match in the Universities Challenge!

Hello Linguist and supporters. It’s time for another update on the Fund Drive Challenges, and we’re excited to give you the new standings!

 

Universities:
It has been a tough match in the Universities challenge! Yesterday, Indiana University was on top, having shot right past Stanford and University of Washington!
However, it wasn’t long until University of Washington reclaimed first place, with $2125 from 31 donors.
Indiana University hasn’t given up–$2060 from 21 donors and less than a hundred dollars behind!
Stanford University now comes in third, with $1370 from 20 donors.

 

Subfields:
Syntax has broaded its lead, now standing in first with $4140 in donations. Way to go Syntacticians!
Computation Linguistics, which is close to our hearts here at LL, comes in second–for now!–with $2430 in donations.
Sociolinguistics brings up the third with $1760. (But look out, because Semantics isn’t far behind…)

 

Regions:
North America currently stands in first with 238 donors.
Europe comes up behind with 109 donors.
Asia comes in third with 21 donors.
Countries:
The US is coming in first still, thanks in small part to the competition between Indiana and Washington, with 217 donors.
Germany remains in second with a total of 30 donors (Danke, Deutschland!)
And Canada comes in third with 21 donors.
Finally, the following countries are represented by 1 donor: Trinidad and Tobago, Finland, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Iceland, South Korea, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Chile, Macau, New Zealand, and now, also Poland! You all deserve recognition. We appreciate those around the globe who support the work we do here at the LINGUIST List!

 

Thanks for participating, everyone! As of today we have surpassed 55% of our goal! To see the full standings on challenges, and to donate to the cause of global linguistics, visit: https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/

Fun Fact: Reviews Edition

Hey everyone,

Kenneth here to provide you with another fun fact about the services that the LINGUIST List provides. This time, I’m going to be talking about the Reviews area of the website and listserv.

Since 2007, we have had over 3,000 books reviewed by members of the Linguistics community. Over 200 were reviewed last year alone.

For reviews, we make connections between publishers and potential reviewers. Our reviews editor, Clare Harshey, orchestrates the reviews process making sure that reviewers get their materials and that the written reviews are edited.

Our review editors Dr. Helen Aristar-Dry and Dr. Robert Coté work hard to proofread and edit the reviews that are submitted. Both of these teams have a monumental task.

 

If you appreciate the services that the LINGUIST List provides, including reviews, please show your support with a donation on <a href=funddrive.linguistlist.org>the LINGUIST List fund drive page</a>.

 

We truly appreciate it!

Fun Fact: Ask-a-Linguist Edition

Hey everyone!
Ken here with another fun fact for you. Last week, I talked about the usage numbers for the website. This week, I’m going to talk a little bit about one of the services we offer on our website: Ask-a-Linguist.

This site is a QA board for non-linguists to ask questions from linguists like you. However, I find that many of the questions asked appear to be from linguists who are interested in something that’s not their area of research or linguistics students.

We’ve had 33 questions posted so far this year that touch on a variety of different disciplines and the majority of these questions have answers. Some even have multiple responses and comments.

I invite all of you to check it out. There’s some great questions like <a href=https://askaling.linguistlist.org/question/1844/what-are-the-defining-qualities-of-a-language/>this question about what language is</a> and <a href=https://askaling.linguistlist.org/question/1797/the-origin-of-affixes/>this question about how affixes emerge in languages</a> .

What do you think about these questions? If you think they’re interesting or if you have questions of your own, please create an account <a href=https://askaling.linguistlist.org/account/signup/?login_provider=local>here</a> .

All posts are moderated (by me) so only questions that are related to Linguistics or language are allowed and all spam is filtered out.

If you appreciate services like Ask-a-Linguist, please donate to the <a href=https://funddrive.linguistlist.org>LINGUIST List funddrive</a>.

We are half of the way to our goal and time is running out. Please donate.

Fund Drive Challenges: Where does your University Stand?

Dear Linguists and Subscribers:

It’s time for the regular challenges update!

In the Subfield Challange:
Syntax has cut itself a pretty wide lead with a total of $2485!
Computational Linguistics comes in second for now, with $2095.
Sociolinguistics brings up the third with $1660.
(And on a side note–Historical Linguistics is finally catching up with Semantics for 4th place. Hello my fellow historical linguists!)

In the University Challenge:
University of Washington has again surpassed Stanford University! With a total of $1665 from 27 donors, Washington is aiming to beat Stanford.
Stanford University is in second place with $1370 from 20 donors.
And in third place, our own host institution, Indiana University! $1340 from 11 donors places IU in the running!

In the Region Challenge:
North American leads with 159 donors!
Europe remains in second with 63 donors, but seems to be steadily catching up.
Asia is in third with 12 donors.

In the Country Challenge:
The US remains in the front–for now!–with 147 donors.
Germany remains in second with 21 donors.
And Canada has outstripped Austria at last with a total of 12 donors! Go Canada!

LINGUIST List has just passed 37% of our Fund Drive goal, thanks to all of you. We still have a ways to go, but we have made really good progress this last week. We appreciate you!
–The LL Team

Fun Fact: Website Edition

Hey everyone,

Ken here with another fun fact for all of you. I imagine you’re acquainted with our website (https://linguistlist.org). Our featured staff this week, Paige Goulding has been hard at work getting our new website up and running. A large part of the challenge with this is that our website receives a large amount of traffic. Here are some figures to show the volume of visitors we receive:

For the main site there are nearly 600,000 page hits per day and nearly 20,000 unique visitors. Over the course of a week, we receive about 83,000 unique visitors.

As we design the new site, we want to ensure that we can improve load times as well as reducing the load on our current systems.

Now for the fun part.

Some of you are using some wild browsers. One of you is using version 0 of firefox (the latest release is version 59), there’s some netscapes and mosaics out there.
Someone (probably me) used the blackberry browser.

Our visitors represent almost every operating system from amiga to BeOS (unfortunately, there wasn’t one ending in z). 15% of our users are using Linux (woot!). Someone out there is visiting us using Windows XP… interesting stuff.

To help pay for this traffic and the content that drives this traffic, please donate to the linguist list on our fund drive page.