LINGUIST List Special Issue: Fund Drive

Fri Mar 19 14:55:47 UTC 2010

LINGUIST List Special Issue: Fund Drive 

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-------------------------Message 1 ---------------------------------- 
Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2010 08:10:03
From:  linguist [linguist at]
Subject: Getting to 35k!

Dear Subscribers,

Paul Peranteau is bring you all a challenge. He wants to see
Fund Drive reach the 35K mark by the end of today! 

The current total is $34,182, $818 away from 35K! Paul Peranteau 
has already donated, but he is willing to donate another $100 if
donors can raise the other $718 by the end of today!

We need 7 people to donate $100, or 14 to donate $50, 28 people to 
donate $25, and 1 person to donate $18. Any amount counts and adds 
up to the total needed!

Help Paul Peranteau and all other donors make the 35K mark today!

Donate now!


-------------------------Message 2 ---------------------------------- 
Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2010 09:30:20
From:  linguist [linguist at]
Subject: A Team Helping in the Preservation of Endangered Languages 
Data and Documentation 

E-MELD: A Project We Are Proud Of! 

Subject: A Project Designed to Aid in the Preservation 
of Endangered Languages Data and Documentation

Dear Subscribers,

The E-MELD project (, begun 
in 2001, was an NSF-funded five-year project designed 
to aid in the preservation of endangered languages data 
and documentation. The project is also intended to support 
the development of the necessary infrastructure for 
effective collaboration among electronic archives. The 
E-MELD Maintenance Team (EMT), founded in 2007, is a 
continuation of the E-MELD project, dedicated to keeping 
the site up-to-date with the most current resources for 
field linguists. 

The pages on the E-MELD site provide useful information 
and tips on how to document and store language data. We 
are particularly proud of The School of Best Practices. 
Here, users can visit the "classroom" 
( and find 
lessons and tutorials on how to create archival and 
presentation formats for various media types; better 
understand the concepts behind, and the recommendations 
of best practices for various documentation types; encode, 
store and render best practice data using assorted 
technologies; and make data available to more researchers 
in enduring formats using techniques for preservation. 
There is even Ask-an-Expert, where users can ask our 
E-MELD panel members about creating and preserving 
digital language documentation.
Our goal is to make E-MELD a useful resource for a wide 
range of users, from students who are in the early stages 
of their research career to professional field linguists. 
To keep the E-MELD site live and up-to-date, we need a 
maintenance team. 

For this, we need your donations!

If you feel that E-MELD is important to you and the 
linguistic community at large, please contribute to our 
2010 Fund Drive and support its maintenance. Donations 
received during our fund drive are used to support the 
graduate student assistants at LINGUIST List, including 
those who work on E-MELD maintenance. Your donation will 
help us keep the LINGUIST List site running, bringing the 
latest information to the linguistic community.

We appreciate your generosity. 

Best Regards, 


-------------------------Message 3 ---------------------------------- 
Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2010 09:51:32
From:  linguist [linguist at]
Subject: How LINGUIST Has Grown in the Past 20 Years

Dear Subscribers,

LINGUIST List has grown through the years because of your support.
As a way to see how popular and useful the information you get from 
LINGUIST list is, we have created several charts displaying our
growth for the past 20 years.

Total Issues per year:

1991: 888
1995: 1789
1999: 2010
2005: 3689
2009: 4467

Book announcement per year:

1992: 3
1995: 40
1999: 262
2005: 629
2009: 920

Conference announcements per year:

1991: 46
1995: 163
1999: 229
2005: 315
2009: 484

You can see all the available charts at:

These are some of the services we bring to you for free and we hear 
back from some users that they found the sources they needed from 
book announcements on LINGUIST, they presented a paper at a conference 
found on the LINGUIST site, or got a new job after being laid off from 
our Jobs area.

For keeping these services up, maintaining them and continue to bring 
them to you for free, we need your donations! Please donate now to 
make sure we can continue yet another year!

Donate now:


-------------------------Message 4 ---------------------------------- 
Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2010 10:01:52
From:  linguist [linguist at]
Subject: What LINGUIST Does for You

Dear Subscribers,

In years past I have written to you about the opportunities that 
LINGUIST has provided to me, but this year I want to talk about what 
LINGUIST does for you, which is what should really motivate you to 

We provide all the information you need as a professional 
linguist through our website and mailing list, and on top of that, 
LINGUIST is constantly working on tools and resources that we think will 
help you in your research. We want to make sure that you can find whatever information 
you need to do fieldwork, to preserve and share your data, to get a job 
or fill a job, and to network and share and learn. If you are reading 
this message, chances are that you have been helped in at least one of 
these ways.

We also strongly believe that all these resources should be freely 
available to whoever needs them. Our new Easy Abs facility and our free 
mailing list hosting service are just two examples of our commitment to 
providing opportunities for groups who might not otherwise be able to 
afford specialized software. The many hours of work that went into 
Easy Abs were not free, though, and neither are the LISTSERV software, 
server and technical support we provide to the mailing lists.  
We can only continue to provide these services, and 
all our other services, if those users who are able to support us do so.

Times are tough, and there are many worthy causes requesting your money, 
more than you can afford to support. However, when you think 
about donating to The LINGUIST List, remember that LINGUIST is 
not a cause or a charity - it's a set of existing and growing  
services that supports and enhances your career. Keeping 
LINGUIST free means that everyone in the discipline will be able to access our services. 
The entire community benefits from keeping linguist free, 
but we couldn't do it without the donations from readers who can 
contribute a small sum each year. 

Please donate as much as you feel you can - even a small amount will help: 

Yours very gratefully,

Susan Smith
Project Coordinator

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