LINGUIST List Special Issue: Subfield Challenge Update

Fri Mar 12 19:34:16 UTC 2010

LINGUIST List Special Issue: Fund Drive 

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-------------------------Message 1 ---------------------------------- 
Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2010 08:30:20
From:  linguist [linguist at]
Subject: Margaret Winters Is Challenging You!

Dear Colleagues.

The history of linguistics is not an ordinary area - 
it doesn't look at language from any specialized angle, 
but rather steps back and looks at how language itself 
has been looked at by linguists of all sorts across 
many geographic and cultural traditions and particularly 
across time. It can, in a real sense, be called a branch 
of metalinguistics. But nonetheless, it is very much a 
part of our discipline. Historians of linguistics are, 
on the whole, trained in linguistics, though interested 
in this overarching field which looks at how theories have 
developed, flourished, and been superseded by other 

This metafield too is supported by LinguistList. Where 
else do we go to ask questions, track down references, 
learn about conferences, and interact with our colleagues 
across the world? In exchange we need to support 
Linguistlist; it cannot help us if we don't help it with 
our donations. I am giving $200 in support of LinguistList 
and invite all those who study the history of linguistics, 
those who teach it, and those who simply find it an 
interesting area to contribute to the List through this 

Donate now!

With best wishes,

Margaret Winters
Wayne State University

-------------------------Message 2 ---------------------------------- 
Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2010 09:02:44
From:  linguist [linguist at]
Subject:  I am Proud to Say that I Help Maintain a Few Different Resources for You

Dear LINGUIST Subscribers, 
My name is Fatemeh Abdollahi, and I am currently in my third 
year at The LINGUIST List. Every one of us here helps develop 
and maintain different resources for you, our readers. Please 
donate to help keep these resources free:

I am proud to say that I help maintain a few different resources 
for you. As a member of our Publications Team, I post book 
announcements and work on special projects such as the Wiley-Blackwell 
Compass Discussion Forum. I am also a member of the LL-Map team, 
in which I digitize linguistic maps of Central/South America regions 
for inclusion in the online map viewer ( 
Working for these teams has taught me a variety of skills, including 
programming and GIS mapping. I have also developed my editing skills 
while working for the Publications Team, which also keeps me abreast 
of recent developments in linguistics and provides me with many 
interesting research ideas.

As The LINGUIST List is a non-profit 
organization, there is no way that we could continue without your 
support. If you have found yourself turning to The LINGUIST List for 
help finding a journal call for papers that will match your research 
interests or a new book announcement, or if you use any of the other 
services we provide, please donate today: 
Thank you for all of your continuing support, 
Fatemeh Abdollahi

-------------------------Message 3 ---------------------------------- 
Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2010 10:33:56
From:  linguist [linguist at]
Subject: Syntax is in the Lead! 

Dear Subscribers,

We have great competiton going on the Subfield 
Challenge. The lead changed a few times as
different donations applied to subfields today.

The current standings are:

Syntax ($1285)
Language Acquisition ($995)
Historical Linguistics ($871)
Phonology ($855)
Sociolinguistics ($630)
Typology ($520)
Language Documentation ($455)
Phonetics ($326)
Applied Linguistics ($310)
Computational Linguistics ($290)
History of Linguistics ($250)
Semantics ($242)
Discourse ($235)
Writing Systems ($200)
General Linguistics ($150)
Morphology ($140)
Psycholinguistics ($125)
Neurolinguistics ($100)
Text/Corpus Linguistics ($90)
Pragmatics ($75)
Anthropological Linguistics ($55)

Will Syntax continue in the lead? Will Language
Acquisitionists push forward and claim the top?
Will Historical Linguists manage to overtake
all other fields?

It is a race and any field can be the winner!
Make sure you organize your fellow linguists
and donate now!

The LINGUIST crew 

-------------------------Message 4 ---------------------------------- 
Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2010 11:03:23
From:  linguist [linguist at]
Subject: Susan Fischer Is Challenging All Sociolinguists

Calling all sociolinguists!

You know you depend on LinguistList for information about 
conferences and jobs in your field. How about some support? 
I'm talking to you, variationists. I'm talking to you, language 
and gender peeps; I'm talking to you, dialectologists; I'm
talking to you, code-switchers; I'm talking to you, ethnographers; 
I'm talking to you, ethnic studies peeps; I'm talking to you, 
turn-takers; I'm talking to you, pragmatics people. 

And I also want to talk to my fellow sign language researchers: 
yes, we have our own list, but lots of postings come originally 
from LinguistList. 

I've made a pledge; now it's your turn.

Donate now!

Susan Fischer 

-------------------------Message 5 ---------------------------------- 
Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2010 12:15:28
From:  linguist [linguist at]
Subject: Historical Linguists, Can You Join In? 

Dear Historical Linguists: 
Yes, I know these are hard times... and it's hard to give money when 
you're wondering what the future will bring. But the fact is that I 
would love to see historical linguists trounce the other disciplines. 
One of my students asked me last year what it was like in the "old days" 
when historical linguistics was 'the' linguistics discipline. I realized 
that either I looked far older than I had thought... Or perhaps my 
teaching had just been downright misleading... So, after I had recovered 
my equilibrium, I explained that I - even I, the ancient I - had not 
been born when historical linguistics was that far up the food chain... 
And that set me thinking, now that our fund drive is on. Why 'isn't' 
historical linguistics more prominent today? It's so much fun, to start 
with, and when you're doing it you get a wonderful sense of the past and 
the present, all melding into one beautiful whole. You can explain so 
much of the present by looking at what once was; for a language as it 
now exists is so much a product of its history. 
Well, I don't know if we can magically bring historical linguistics back 
to where it used to be: fashions change, and academia is no exception. 
But I know one thing for sure: we could certainly win a challenge in the 
disciplines, and trounce everyone (especially syntax!) if we really want! 
So here's my challenge: I'll donate $300 myself if historical linguists 
will raise $400 more. That will put us over $1000, and top of the heap! 
Will you help, historical linguists? 
Donate now: 

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