The LINGUIST List: hosting linguistic discussion since 1990

Dear Readers,

Did you know that the LINGUIST List hosts 86 mailing lists for various subfields and organizations around the world? To see the long list of lists we host check out:

We host these mailing lists for free, because we believe it’s important to support open dialogue in our field–not just on the LINGUIST List, but on other lists too! Although we have always offered this service free of charge, the IT infrastructure on which we host these mailing lists is not free! In order to continue to provide such services, we need your help to meet our fundraising goal!

Visit our Fund Drive homepage today to learn more about us and support us with your donation.  We want to continue serving you the best we can but for that – we need your support!

Sincerely yours,

The LINGUIST List Team

Challenges Update–May the best University Win?

Hello again linguists and supporters! Check out our most recent challenge rankings to find out where your university or subfield stands!

In the Subfield Challenge:
Syntax is in the lead–for now!–with $4775 total in donations. Go Syntax!
In second place, Computational Linguistics follows with $3600 even.
In third Sociolinguistics comes up with $2089 total.

In the University Challenge:
University of Washington maintains a lead with $2745 from a total of 39 donors.
But look out, because Indiana University is not far behind, with $2275 from a total of 24 donors.
Finally, Stanford University retains third for now, with a total of $1370 from 20 donors.

Region Challenge:
North America currently holds the lead with 272 donors in all.
Europe comes in second with 131 donors–can they close the gap?
And finally Asia comes in third with 36 donors.

Country Challenge:
The USA holds the first place with a total of 247 donors.
Germany comes in a distant second with 36 total donors.
And Canada holds its hard-earned spot in third with a total of 25 donors, looking, perhaps, to upset Germany soon!

We’re grateful for your support and participation. Three cheers to our donors, who’ve been behind us for nearly three decades. Check out the full rankings at!
–The LL Team

Featured Staff: Meet Becca Taylor

Dear LINGUIST List Subscribers,

Hello! My name is Becca and I am one of the student editors at LINGUIST List. I am the Managing Editor and I am also responsible for posting jobs, supports, and internships. I am a new hire here at LINGUIST List so if you’ve submitted something very recently we have met via email.

I very recently received my MA in Computational Linguistics and am currently a PhD student. I came to IU without any funding for my MA and I am very fortunate that LL has offered me a Graduate Assistantship so that I can continue my PhD here at IU. Because of your continued support LL is able to help me reach my academic goals and for that I am very grateful, so thank you so much!

Even though I found my graduate program through LL, I didn’t realize just how broad our reach is until I was hired here. Through editing jobs, supports, and internships I see firsthand how vast the community of linguists is and how far reaching LL is an organization. LL is a great resource that is accessible to a large number of people and the editors and programmers couldn’t do it without your support.

When you support the LINGUIST List, you are also supporting not just the students that work here, but you are also supporting the open access to the wide array of knowledge that is accessible through LL, anyone in the linguistics community that uses LL, and also the future of an organization that has been supporting linguists for almost three decades.

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 today.

Thank you again!

Becca Taylor
Managing Editor

Fund Drive Challenges Update: Where does your subfield stand?

Challenges Update: Where is Your Subfield?

Hello Linguists and supporters!
Here’s your regular fund drive challenges update–check out the complete list at to see where your subfield or university is ranked!

Subfield Challenge:
Syntax holds the lead for now, with a total of $4745–can anyone take the top spot from the Syntacticians?
Computational Linguistics, an early-game front-runner, is currently in second with $3600 total.
Sociolinguistics comes in third with 2510.

University Challenge:
University of Washington is still leading, with a total of $2745 from 39 donors. Will they take the top place for a second year in a row? Or will another institution surprise them?
Indiana University comes in second with $2275 from 24 donors–we’re proud of you, IU!
And Stanford University, last year’s second place winner if memory serves, comes in third with #1370 from 20 donors.

Region Challenge:
North America still holds the lead with 271 total donors.
Europe comes in second with 128 donors.
And Asia holds third with 25 total donors.

Country Challenge:
The US remains in front with 246 donors hailing from the states.
Germany comes in second with 35 donors.
And Canada, which had been locked out of the top spots by Austrua in the early weeks of the fund drive, comes in third with 25 total donors. A close contest, it seems, and Germany many find themselves soon upstaged by Canada! Only time will tell.

Once again, a big thank you from us to all participants for your support! It means the world to us!
-The LL Team

It’s time to say goodbye… and hello!

Hello Linguists and Supporters,

As you know, the LINGUIST List is operated by the hard work of graduate students at our host institution, Indiana University. But graduate students are in a transitionary phased of their lives, and every few years a handful of our hard workers earn their degrees and move on with their careers. Last year, Amanda Foster from publications moved home to France. This year, Mike, our publications and reviews editor, graduated and was hired by Google. Clare, our jobs and supports editor, has earned her MS and been hired by the US Navy. Ken, who edits conference announcements, will be teaching next year.

Lwin, our long-time IT person, has gone back home to Burma, and Paige, who has been diligently working on the new website behind the scenes, just graduated too. We’re thrilled for our students who are achieving the great things they set out to do when they started their academic careers years ago, and we’re so excited to see where they go next! But having so many crucial editors and IT staff moving on at once is an enormous stress to the workflow here at LL, and we need your support and patience more than ever.

The Old Team! So many of these lovely people are moving on. We’ll miss you!

It’s time to say goodbye to so many of our friends and colleagues, and we’ll miss them. And it’s time to welcome the new staff who are working hard to catch up, train, and take over the workflow here!

We’re pleased to introduce Peace Han and Yiwen Zhang, our new IT staff, Jeremy Coburn, who will be taking over for Mike in publications, Everett Green, who will take over for Ken in Conferences, Nils Hjortnaes, who’ll be taking over for Paige on developing the new website, and Becca Taylor, who’s the new Jobs and Supports editor! Have a little patience with us during the transition, say goodbye to your long-time correspondents here at LL, and say hello to all the newbies. Please donate to the LINGUIST List Fund Drive to help support these wonderful students in their academic endeavors, while they help support you in yours!

All the best,
–The LL Team



在这个瞬息万变的世界里,科技正在改变我们的生活。人工智能透入生活的方方面面,社交网络正在改变信息传播和发散的方式,而网络已经重新定义了接触信息的方式,在高等教育和学界亦是如此。语言学作为一个学科的范围也逐渐扩大,无论是从事语言工作的人数还是研究主题与方法的广度都大大增加。 语言学现已成为科技革新、人机交互的前线。近三十年来,LINGUIST List(语言学家列表)连接了世界各地的被国境、框架和政治分隔的语言学家,共同组成一个语言学的社群。

LINGUIST List的使命简单而特别:做一个连接全世界语言学家的平台。去年,我们发布了2000个分布于六个大洲的会议通知、超过100个暑期学校的信息和近1000本著作的广告。我们是一个有全球视野语言学组织,并不局限于某个话题或某种语言。我们提供经过验证的信息,而非“虚假新闻”。我们是语言学家研究之路上的好伙伴。随着学科和世界的变化,我们也在自我升级。在过去的几年中,我们的社交平台吸引到了更多的关注,我们也增加了多种新的服务来为语言学家提供新的交流的方式。例如 GeoLing  就是一个旨在为语言学家提供当地的活动信息的平台。我们正努力提升搜索和个性化内容方面的用户体验。您目前可以通过Alexa应用来订阅我们的最新通知,并可以选择特定主题的内容。最后,我们很快将发布全新的网站,它在视觉上更美观,也更便于读者浏览和获得重要的信息。

如果您想要支持这个语言学家的全球性社群,我们希望您能考虑为LINGUIST List捐款 。我们热切盼望能继续为您服务,但是我们非常需要您的支持和帮助。无论数额多少,我们都会心存感激。谢谢!

Malgosia, Damir, Clare, Ken, Sara, Yiwen, Mike, Peace, Page, Helen, Robert

Featured Staff: Meet Yiwen Zhang!

LINGUIST List Programmer Yiwen posing with her MINI!

Dear LINGUIST List Subscribers,

This is Yiwen Zhang, a new-bee programmer at LINGUIST List. I’m one of the student programmers that take care of the tech side after our wonderful Lwin left (sadly!). My journey as a LINGUIST List staff member just started at the beginning of this year, so right now I’m focusing on figuring out how everything works, and thankfully I have been making progress!

One of my major tasks currently is to “renovate” the issues published on the LINGUIST List website. As you have probably noticed, our website has maintained a vintage 90s design for a while (which is rarely seen elsewhere now!). This is a crucial part of our recent project to update our main website so that it will provide a better user experience for our subscribers. While doing my job, I had a chance to look back to all those “historical” issues published by the LINGUIST List that date all the way back to 1990. It is amazing to look at the names of the linguists that have published information from various fields of linguistics and how they represent generations of linguistic research. Also, it makes me realized that the LINGUIST List has been a platform that serves the community constantly in nearly 30 years, and how important my job is to keep it in the way as it is for decades.

Aside from my job at the LINGUIST List, I am pursuing a Ph.D. degree in general linguistics with a focus in Semantics and Chinese. I am lucky enough to have support from the Linguistic department at Indiana University and the LINGUIST List which largely facilitate my learning and research, and this could not happen without your support. Thank you! All of our staff are really grateful and we are working hard to sustain the services we provide to the linguistic community.

For this year’s fund drive, your support is very much needed so that student programmers and editors like me can be supported continually. If you think our services are meaningful and valuable, please kindly contribute to our fund drive. We will really appreciate your support!


Challenges Update… with a twist!

Hello Linguists and Supporters! Today we thought that the challenges update should highlight those who haven’t been able to hold the spotlight yet, the universities and subfields that are in 3rd place through 6th place–those who are just shy of making it into the top!

Check to see if your university makes the list, and if they do, why not push to break into the top three! And look here for the complete listings!

So without further ado, here are the runner-ups in the challenges!

In Subfields:
Phonology takes fourth with $2064–not far behind third place holder Sociolinguistics!
Semantics takes fifth with a total of $1753. Can Semantics overtake Phonology?
Historical Linguistics brings up sixth with $1368! Way to go Historical Linguists!
Current overall leader (for now!): Syntax.

In Universities:
University of South Carolina comes in fourth with $705 from 8 donors! With just a little push, they could catch up to Stanford and put themselves in the top!
Arizona State University is close behind, with $540 from 3 donors.
The Ohio State University brings up fourth $313.00 from 7 donors.
Current leader: University of Washington… but not by too much!

In Regions:
Australia comes in fourth with 7 donors.
The Middle East comes in fifth with 5 donors.
South America comes in sixth with 4 donors. We are so grateful for our donors all over the world! Thanks for being part of the work we do here!
Current leader: North America.

In countries:
Fourth place is currently held by the United Kingdom, with 17 donors–and it’s a slim enough margin to overtake current third place holder Canada in no time.
Austria started out as a frontrunner, and currently holds fifth place with 11 donors. Just a few more to retake your spot, Austria!
Italy comes in sixth with 8 donors… but it closely followed by Japan, the Netherlands, and Spain, off of which are represented by 7 donots each!

The fund drive total currently stands at 62% of the goal, with $14,945 left to go! If each of our users donated just $5, we would not only be done in a heartbeat, but multiply it tenfold! Thanks for being with us the last 28 years as we work to create and maintain a global linguistics community.

–The LL team

A Letter from Editor Sarah Robinson

Dear LINGUIST Listers,

My name is Sarah, and I’m on the Pubs Team–I manage journals, journal calls for papers, TOCs, summer schools, academic papers, 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’ve worked at LL for just under a year, and my position at LL has, without exaggeration, saved my academic career. I came to IU without any funding and would not have been able to continue building up debt. LL hired me last year and offered me a graduate assistantship. On top of that, I found my graduate program through LL.

While working here, I’ve worked toward an MA in General Linguistics, and was recently accepted into the PhD program in the Linguistics Department, as well as the PhD in the Germanic Studies Department. I’ll be earning my MA in just a few days!

LL has also put me in a position to meet and talk to countless scholars all over the world. Editing TOCs means I have a unique, holistic view of the linguistic research currently being published; reviewing and tagging every abstract in every journal that comes through the list–which is quite a lot!–means that I have a front row seat to newest publications in every subfield.

During my degree, I have been able to work on a wide range of exciting projects in multiple fields of linguistics, from phonetics and phonology to cognitive science. LL’s support and security is the main reason I have been able to continue my studies.

There’s only a few students managing all the data, submissions, and daily postings at LL. Each day, I come in, check my emails and make sure to take care of any issues that submitters have contacted us about. Then I check for new dissertations and papers, new summer schools, publisher submissions, journal submissions, JCalls, and finally, TOCs. If I have time, I’ll jump on another posting area to help another editor who is backed up. I’m cross-trained in jobs and conferences.

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,

This is my face. Please donate.

It’s a very close match in the Universities Challenge!

Hello Linguist and supporters. It’s time for another update on the Fund Drive Challenges, and we’re excited to give you the new standings!


It has been a tough match in the Universities challenge! Yesterday, Indiana University was on top, having shot right past Stanford and University of Washington!
However, it wasn’t long until University of Washington reclaimed first place, with $2125 from 31 donors.
Indiana University hasn’t given up–$2060 from 21 donors and less than a hundred dollars behind!
Stanford University now comes in third, with $1370 from 20 donors.


Syntax has broaded its lead, now standing in first with $4140 in donations. Way to go Syntacticians!
Computation Linguistics, which is close to our hearts here at LL, comes in second–for now!–with $2430 in donations.
Sociolinguistics brings up the third with $1760. (But look out, because Semantics isn’t far behind…)


North America currently stands in first with 238 donors.
Europe comes up behind with 109 donors.
Asia comes in third with 21 donors.
The US is coming in first still, thanks in small part to the competition between Indiana and Washington, with 217 donors.
Germany remains in second with a total of 30 donors (Danke, Deutschland!)
And Canada comes in third with 21 donors.
Finally, the following countries are represented by 1 donor: Trinidad and Tobago, Finland, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Iceland, South Korea, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Chile, Macau, New Zealand, and now, also Poland! You all deserve recognition. We appreciate those around the globe who support the work we do here at the LINGUIST List!


Thanks for participating, everyone! As of today we have surpassed 55% of our goal! To see the full standings on challenges, and to donate to the cause of global linguistics, visit: