Staff Letter: Jeremy Coburn

Dear LINGUIST Listers,

My name is Jeremy Coburn and I am the student moderator and editor for The LINGUIST List working on book announcements and book reviews. I have the pleasure of working with some of the most prominent publishers in the world to deliver publications on cutting-edge developments within the field of linguistics to you, our readers. My job is to ensure that the books we announce on LINGUIST List are current and relevant to you and your interests as a linguist by vetting the hundreds of publications which are submitted to us each month for announcement. This means that when you receive a book announcement from The LINGUIST List, you know that what is being advertised is hand-selected for our linguistic audience.

The LINGUIST List, and by extension the generous donations given by so many of you, allowed me to obtain a Master’s degree in General Linguistics from Indiana University, our host institution, last Spring without accruing any of the crushing student debt that affects most graduate students. Now, I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Linguistics at IU pursuing a PhD in Linguistics with a concentration on African languages and linguistics. Having lived in East Africa for several years, I developed a love for the linguistic diversity present in Africa and consequently focus my research on the description of languages of Tanzania. My doctoral dissertation research focuses on the phonetics and phonology of Hadza, an endangered language isolate spoken in north-central Tanzania. I am particularly interested in the acoustics and articulation of clicks in Hadza using instrumental methods, including 3D/4D ultrasound. I have been selected for the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad (DDRA) fellowship to conduct fieldwork in Tanzania with the Hadzabe beginning in Spring 2021.

I would like to thank you, our readers, for all that you do for me and my family. In addition to being a linguist, I am also a husband and father of two rambunctious children (4 & 2). Thanks to your donations, I am able to support my family while pursuing my post-graduate degree. When my wife and I began this crazy journey of graduate school, we had little more than the ambition to pursue a dream of studying the beautiful languages of East Africa and trying to help the world in some small way. We moved to Bloomington, Indiana from Utah without any job or source of funding to pay for my studies. We didn’t know how we would pay for anything. But now, because of your support and contributions, I have a GA-ship with the LINGUIST List which covers my tuition costs and gives me enough money to feed my growing family. Please continue to support LINGUIST List as much as you are able because it does make a significant difference in our lives. You can do that by donating to our fund drive at the following link:

Thank you again from Jeremy, Lynzie, Ryker, and Maiya!

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