Staff Letter: Joshua Sims

Dear Friends of the LINGUIST List:

My name is Joshua Sims, and I’ve been the Systems Administrator at the LINGUIST List since January. I do the behind-the-scenes work of keeping site running. I’m here to update your email address, recover your password, edit post errors and generally work out any problem you encounter that our submission and request forms can’t cover. Since our offices closed in March, more than half of my tenure at the LINGUIST List has been remote. You could call this an interesting year to start working at the LINGUIST List.

I have focused my linguistic work on Mongolian and the languages of Central Asia. As an undergraduate, I started researching Mongolian phonology, tackling questions such as the interaction of palatalization and tongue root harmony in vowel quality. Indiana University was my top choice for graduate work because of the close partnership of the linguistics department with the Department of Central Eurasian Studies and the Center for Languages of the Central Asian Region.

However, I never could have come and studied here if not for the position I received at the LINGUIST List. Because of the work I have here, I have been able to take courses in Mongolian, Kyrgyz, Manchu and Old Turkic, and study phonology from excellent linguists working in exactly my areas of interest. If the LINGUIST List didn’t have the funds to employ students, then my studies would have remained forever casual endeavors. The LINGUIST list has been bringing opportunities to linguists for three decades now, just as it has opened doors to me.

Thank you to every one of you who reads our posts and visits our sites. Thank you even more to everyone who submits or follows up on the many job and publication opportunities we post. Thank you most of all to everyone who has donated to the fund drive, even so much as a dollar. I am so grateful for the support that provides for my education, and I know all my colleagues feel the same. We represent only part of a network of thousands of linguists the world over who have published, graduated or been employed because of a posting on the LINGUIST List. We all need you, and we all thank you for your continuing support.

If you are able to make a donation, please visit https://funddrive.linguistlist.org/donate/ today. Thank you!

– Joshua Sims

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