14.780, All: Media on LINGUIST - Linguistics in the Media

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LINGUIST List:  Vol-14-780. Tue Mar 18 2003. ISSN: 1068-4875.

Subject: 14.780, All: Media on LINGUIST - Linguistics in the Media

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Date:  18 Mar 2003 05:44:39 -0000
From:  linguist at linguistlist.org
Subject:  LINGUIST in the Media - The Media on LINGUIST...

Date:  18 Mar 2003 05:54:43 -0000
From:  linguist at linguistlist.org
Subject:  Spotlight Steve Moran - A man on a mission...

Date:  Tue, 18 Mar 2003 00:33:49 +0000
From:  linguist at linguistlist.org
Subject:  How to Donate to LINGUIST and Contributors So Far

-------------------------------- Message 1 -------------------------------

Date:  18 Mar 2003 05:44:39 -0000
From:  linguist at linguistlist.org
Subject:  LINGUIST in the Media - The Media on LINGUIST...

Greetings Listers!

When I was asked to write to you about posting Media issues I was just
absolutely delighted! Ok not especially, but keeping the linguistic
community aware of language issues in today's global mass media is
becoming increasingly important. Now that there are so many of us
(17,000+ subscribers) representing so many cultures (106+ countries),
a network has emerged that allows for quick and easy dissemination of
linguistic issues in the world's various media.

In 2002 The Linguist List posted 51 Media issues. So far in 2003 we
have posted another 11 issues, indicating that we are on track to
surpass our first year's total. Media issues are broad in subject
matter. They vary from claims of scientists who have discovered the
first of many genes 'that gave humans speech'


to untranslated English being banned in Romania


to controversial commercials which lead to discussion and debate


to articles on Endangered Languages


Though Media topics vary widely, they do have one important thing in
common: All Media issues are submitted by individuals who kindly take
the time to share this information with us.  They are the reason why
LINGUIST has adopted Media as an issue topic, and they are the reason
why it continues to be successful. We would like to thank the
following for their Media contributions:

Peter K. Austin, Toby Ayer, Steven Bird, Wayles Browne, E. Curtis,
Suzette Haden Elgin, Michael Erard, Paul Fallon, Annie Ferreira, Tessa
Goldberg, David Golumbia, Chester Graham, Lee Hartman, Dick Hudson,
Michael Johnstone, John Kingston, Mai Kuha, Mike Maxwell, Scott
McGinnis, Simon Musgrave, Stirling Newberry, Michael Pearce, Geoffrey
K. Pullum, Elizabeth J. Pyatt, Maartje Schreuder, Jess Tauber, Zoe
Toft, Dominic Watt, Doug Whalen, and Martin Wynne.

LINGUIST would especially like to thank Karen Steffen Chung for her
consistent Media postings. She has posted an astounding 24 out of 62
issues... nearly 40% of all Media issues!

Media issues are one of the many services offered by LINGUIST that are
completely dependent on your interest and support. Please help us to
continue to provide an integral part of our discipline's
infrastructure by donating in this year's fund drive. Your donations
change the lives of linguistic graduate students who work hard to
enhance the existing Linguist List website and its tools. They also
provide the staffing that is needed to continue to keep up our mailing
list, which of course affects us all.

Thank you again for your support.


Steve Moran


This year we need to raise $50,000 to keep LINGUIST alive. So far we
have raised $15,123.33 which is really good - but we still have a long
way to go. Please make a donation; every little helps.

To donate now using our secure web form, visit:


For instructions on how to donate, or how to make a pledge now and pay
later, see the last massage in this issue or visit:


Thank you for keeping LINGUIST alive.

-------------------------------- Message 2 -------------------------------

Date:  18 Mar 2003 05:54:43 -0000
From:  linguist at linguistlist.org
Subject:  Spotlight Steve Moran - A man on a mission...

The other day Michael Appleby (he scored a perfect 800 on the problem
solving portion of the GRE!) and I were throwing around some numbers

17,000+ 'Linguist Listers' (I had to steal that one from you DhW)
12 postings per day on average
5 posting days per week...
204,000 emails sent out on an average day.

204,000 !!!!!!!!!

When I mentioned this astonishing number to one of my friends who is
not in Linguistics, but has some idea of what the LINGUIST List is due
to my ramblings, she simply replied, 'Well good thing you use email
instead of regular mail, because that would be a lot of money for all
those stamps'. That got me thinking...if we were to ask every one of
you to send us enough money to cover the postage of the emails you
receive for just **one day** (that would be $4.44), we would raise
$92,500 in **one day** ...and FUNd drive would be over. Life is never
that simple though, is it?

Explaining to you how LINGUIST has changed my life would take up the
next hour or so of your life, but I believe I can sum it up rather
quickly: if I knew then what I know now I probably would have sent
Helen 20 emails a day instead of just that one a day (for weeks on
end) that I sent her begging to be part of this enterprise. I know
that sounds dumb, but being interested in working with Endangered
Languages, and finding out that this University housed the LINGUIST
List and that they were developing the E-MELD project
(http://emeld.org), well I was determined to find my place here; and I
have thanks to your support. Now I spend my time trying to give back
what I have gotten, and there are only a couple of things in life that
feel better.

Since a lot of people want to know what LINGUIST looks like - I assume
they mean where it is run, and not what the LINGUIST server actually
looks like - I thought I'd put it verbally, and then try again with
some hot graphics. There are 5 of us in a 15ft x 10ft (4.5m x 3m)
office, with 5 desks, 5 computers, and a printer in each of three
offices. But even though working conditions are cramped, (I can reach
my four office mates with out even turning my chair) we still make the
most of the situation - we always have a great time. Well except in
Winter when there is that thought that goes through everyone's mind
right after the first of us gets a cold. If one of us gets sick, we
are all doomed to get sick!

Here is my feeble attempt at some ASCII graphics, enjoy and decipher:

- ----------------------------------------------------------------

      |-10ft-| or |-3M--|                ____________________
___    _______   _______     ___        |        KEY         |
 |    |C|*  | |#|C|*  | |     |         |--------------------|
 |    | |  *|C|#| |  *|C|     |         | * = Student Editor |
15ft  |C|*  | |#|P|   | |    4.5M       | C = Computer       |
 |    | |   | |#| |  *|C|     |         | P = Printer        |
 |    |C|* *|C|#|C|*  | |     |         | # = Wall           |
_|_   |_|__  -|#|-  _*|C|    _|_        | / = Door           |
           |  |#|  |                    |ft = feet           |
- ---------|/ |#|/ |---------------     | M = Meters         |
LL Offices  A  &  B  <--Hallway-->      |____________________|
- ---------------------------------

- ----------------------------------------------------------------

So as I bring this message to an end, let me quickly mention the
commitment of your LINGUIST crew by telling you that there are
presently three of us here in the office preparing to send out today's
FUNd drive message/plea for support.  It is presently 12:30 am or 0:30
depending on how you look at it. We're here working for you, won't you
help us to continue to work so hard by giving your support?

Steve Moran

To see and read more about Steven, please go to:


For detailed information on making a donation, please read the next
message in this issue, or visit:


Once again, thank you from all the LINGUIST List crew.

-------------------------------- Message 3 -------------------------------

Date:  Tue, 18 Mar 2003 00:33:49 +0000
From:  linguist at linguistlist.org
Subject:  How to Donate to LINGUIST and Contributors So Far

This year we hope to raise $50,000 to support the students who work on
LINGUIST List and keep the list running. Thank you from all the crew
for your support.

The LINGUIST List is under the umbrella of Eastern Michigan University
and as such can receive donations through the EMU Foundation, which is
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is 38-6005986.  These donations can be offset against your federal and
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Many companies also offer a gift matching scheme, such that they will
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entails your contacting your human resources department and sending us
a form that the EMU Foundation fills in and returns to your employer.
This is generally a simple administrative procedure that doubles the
value of your gift to LINGUIST, without costing you an extra
penny. Please take a moment to check if your company operates such a


You can make a contribution by selecting one of three convenient
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You can also PLEDGE your support to LINGUIST and pay later, i.e.  send
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Please make checks payable to 'The LINGUIST List Editorial Support
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