Staff Letter: Becca Morris

Dear LINGUIST List readers,

“Hej” everyone, my name is Becca Morris and I am the Managing Editor here at LINGUIST List (LL) and I am also responsible for posting careers, creating social media boosts, and all things finance related. We may have met via email, or you may remember my staff letters from previous years.

It has been two years since I started at LINGUIST List and it has truly been a wonderful experience and opportunity. I am now a third year PhD student in Computational Linguistics at Indiana University and I would not have been able to continue if I hadn’t gotten my graduate assistantship job at LL – I came to IU as an out-of-state and unfunded MA student. By employing graduate students, The LINGUIST List allows us to contribute to our field in an impactful way, while at the same time they are helping us tremendously by providing the means for us to continue our educations and support ourselves.

Since my staff letter last year, I have switched my area of research to parsing, specifically Dependency Parsing with a concentration on Swedish. I will be completing my qualifying exams this year and will then become a candidate.

I also had the opportunity to do a semester abroad in Sweden this Spring! Even though it got cut short because of Covid-19, it was a wonderful experience and I made life-long friends that are still in Sweden. I was also able to network with researchers who are also working on parsing Swedish, and I got to to learn more Swedish! It was such an amazing experience that I am hoping to do a post doc there after I graduate.

Working at LL has taught me many things, for example, how to make valuable connections with notable people in our field and how to become better at time management. These are valuable skills that I will use throughout my career. This job also allows the editors and programmers to see what is going on in our field and provides us the opportunity to contribute to academia in a meaningful way.

LINGUIST List provides our field with vital resources and we couldn’t do it without your support. When you support The LINGUIST List you are not just supporting the editors and the programmers, but also the linguistics community as a whole.

This year is LINGUIST List’s 30th anniversay and we could not have done it without your support, and we hope that we can continue to provide the community with linguistic resources.

Thank you again for all of your support, everyone here at LINGUIST List is forever grateful to all of you. If would like to help us to continue providing resources to the linguistic community please visit our fund drive page and donate.

Tack så mycket!

Sincerely,

Becca Morris
Managing Editor
Careers Editor
Invoicing Officer
LINGUIST List

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