Staff Letter: Lauren Perkins

Hello, fellow linguists!


My name is Lauren Perkins, and I recently took over as the Managing Editor, Careers Editor, and Social Media Lead. I review and post job ads and notices of opportunities for student support and internships. I’m also responsible for helping to manage our social media presence, as well as ensuring that our internal processes run smoothly. I wear a lot of hats, but I really enjoy helping people find opportunities to further their linguistic careers! Getting to interact with fellow linguists from around the world via email is always a plus as well.

I’ve worked with LINGUIST List since January of 2020, having previously served as Calls & Conferences Editor. I’m beginning my third year in the General Linguistics PhD program here at Indiana University. Currently, I’m interested in syntax, psycholinguistics, and construction grammar. Of particular interest are ways that we can connect current syntactic theory with developments in neuro- and psycholinguistics and cognitive science, hopefully providing a bridge between the theoretical and the functional. I’m also really enjoying my Field Methods class this semester, where we are working with a native speaker of Lutuv, a Tibeto-Burman language.

In my spare time, I love spending time with my husband, Sam, and our cat, B. We like relaxing at home and drinking tea, or having friends over for game nights. I also enjoy kickboxing, practicing calligraphy and embroidery, and reading novels.

I’m extremely thankful for my job at the LINGUIST List, and thankful for donors like you that make it possible. Not only does working at the LINGUIST List provide a fascinating insight into current opportunities in linguistics, as well as flexible hours (imperative for a graduate school schedule), but it also provides me with enormous financial peace of mind. Graduate school here in the US is quite expensive, and I would definitely not be able to achieve my dream of becoming a professional linguist without the tuition remission that my work at the LINGUIST List provides me with. My work at LINGUIST List was a particular silver lining during the months of quarantine, as I was able to continue my work remotely and thus also continue taking remote classes. Despite the events of 2020, I am still on-track to finish my program on time. The ability to continue working despite a global pandemic is a privilege I don’t take lightly, and I am very grateful to all of you who made that possible through your generosity.

So, a huge thank you to all of our donors, particularly those who have supported us year after year. You are our silver lining, both because you’ve supported us through this crisis and because you continue to inspire us with your tenacity and dedication to continue your work despite everything. We look forward to continuing to support you for many more years! If you enjoy the resources the LINGUIST List offers and are financially able, please consider donating to this year’s Fund Drive. Thanks so much for taking the time to read my story, and I look forward to connecting with you via email the next time you submit a job, support, or internship, or over social media!




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