Dear LINGUIST Listers,
My name is Sarah, and I’m on the Pubs Team–I manage journals, journal calls for papers, TOCs, summer schools, academic papers, and dissertations. We may have met through email, or you may have read some of my blog posts about nerd stuff on the LL blog.
I’ve worked at LL for just under a year, and my position at LL has, without exaggeration, saved my academic career. I came to IU without any funding and would not have been able to continue building up debt. LL hired me last year and offered me a graduate assistantship. On top of that, I found my graduate program through LL.
While working here, I’ve worked toward an MA in General Linguistics, and was recently accepted into the PhD program in the Linguistics Department, as well as the PhD in the Germanic Studies Department. I’ll be earning my MA in just a few days!
LL has also put me in a position to meet and talk to countless scholars all over the world. Editing TOCs means I have a unique, holistic view of the linguistic research currently being published; reviewing and tagging every abstract in every journal that comes through the list–which is quite a lot!–means that I have a front row seat to newest publications in every subfield.
During my degree, I have been able to work on a wide range of exciting projects in multiple fields of linguistics, from phonetics and phonology to cognitive science. LL’s support and security is the main reason I have been able to continue my studies.
There’s only a few students managing all the data, submissions, and daily postings at LL. Each day, I come in, check my emails and make sure to take care of any issues that submitters have contacted us about. Then I check for new dissertations and papers, new summer schools, publisher submissions, journal submissions, JCalls, and finally, TOCs. If I have time, I’ll jump on another posting area to help another editor who is backed up. I’m cross-trained in jobs and conferences.
When you support the LINGUIST List, you support the mission the LINGUIST List stands for–the cause of creating a global linguistics community, a place to share knowledge and find resources–but you also support students like me, who wouldn’t otherwise be able to be part of it.
Thanks for donating!