Staff Letter: Sarah

Dear LINGUIST List readers,

My name is Sarah, and I’m on the Pubs Team–I manage journals, journal calls for papers, TOCs, summer schools, 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’m also cross-trained in jobs and conferences and can jump on those editorial areas if other editors are out for the day. (Or perhaps you’ve even read my staff letters in previous years…)

The LINGUISTList provides invaluable opportunities to graduate students like me who might otherwise have no way to participate in academia, and has been doing so for years–after my first year in graduate school unfunded, I was close to having to drop out because of the sheer financial pressure, and the LINGUISTList helped me stay and pursue my research passions. LL keeps grad students afloat and helps provide for the next generation of academics.

I earned my MA in General Linguistics in 2018 from Indiana University, Bloomington, LL’s host institution, and am currently a member of the PhD program in the Linguistics Department at IU, as well as doubling in the Germanic Studies Department, with a (sort of unofficial at the moment) minor in cognitive science. Since starting my graduate program, I’ve been able to study ancient Germanic literature and philology, as well as branching out into Cognitive Science. On top of historical languages, I have often worked on researching manipulative discourse and propaganda, from a framework at the intersections of cognitive linguistics, critical discourse analysis, and philology. I especially love the critical discourse analysis work of such luminaries and T.A. Van Dijk and Ruth Wodak, whose frameworks have been invaluable to me, and Mark Turner’s conceptual blending theory has informed some of my favorite research projects I’ve done working on manipulative discourse and cognitive linguistics in a wide range of textual genres, from Old English poetry to 20th Century propaganda! It’s a pretty broad range of topics, but the overlaps and intersections have made it possible for me to specialize in a really particular niche while building a strong background in a wide range of linguistic studies. As of Spring 2021, I am finally studying for qualifying exams!

Without a doubt, I would never have been able to craft such a strange, simultaneously narrow-and-wide niche for myself without the support of the LINGUIST List, for which I will be forever grateful.

And what that means is that I am also forever grateful to our subscribers and donors. Without you, graduate students like me would quite literally be unable to participate in academia. Especially in the last year and a half of the Pandemic That Shall Not Be Named, as financial pressure has mounted on all of us, our supporters and readers at the LINGUIST List have quite seriously helped us survive through an extremely difficult year. I can never thank you enough.

LL handles thousands of submissions and a gigantic amount of data day-to-day, and there’s only a handful of graduate students working diligently to keep our 30,000 subscribers up-to-date on linguistic publications, job opportunities, conferences where they can submit their research, and much more, as well as doing the hairy work of filtering predatory publishers and conferences that are likely to hurt academic careers more than help them.

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!

Best regards,

Sarah

 

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