FW: 20.920, FD: LINGUIST List Restaurant Grand Opening!

Johanna Laakso johanna.laakso at univie.ac.at
Tue Mar 17 17:18:22 UTC 2009

Dear All,

I forward this announcement of the LINGUIST List fund drive once again, for
an important reason: the good people at LINGUIST maintain our mirror archive
where all previous URA-LIST postings can be read and searched. Please read
the following and consider contributing!

Univ.-Prof. Dr. Johanna Laakso
Institut für Europäische und Vergleichende Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft
Abteilung für Finno-Ugristik
Universitätscampus AAKH, Spitalgasse 2-4 Hof 7, A-1090 Wien
Tel. +43 1 4277 43019 | Fax +43 1 4277 9430
johanna.laakso at univie.ac.at | http://homepage.univie.ac.at/Johanna.Laakso/

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 LINGUIST List: Vol-20-920. Tue Mar 17 2009. ISSN: 1068 - 4875.

 Subject: 20.920, FD: LINGUIST List Restaurant Grand Opening!

 Moderators: Anthony Aristar, Eastern Michigan U <aristar at linguistlist.org>
              Helen Aristar-Dry, Eastern Michigan U <hdry at linguistlist.org>

 Reviews: Randall Eggert, U of Utah
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 Date: 17-Mar-2009
 From:  linguist < linguist at linguistlist.org >
 Subject: Help Wanted!

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 Date: Tue, 17 Mar 2009 09:55:43
 From:  linguist [linguist at linguistlist.org]
 Subject: Help Wanted!

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 Dear Subscribers:

 Fund-drives are never something we enjoy, and the current
 economic climate doesn't help a bit.  But the fact is that
 they are essential to our existence, for without them,
 LINGUIST could not continue.  This is LINGUIST List's
 eighteenth year of operation, and those of you who are
 familiar with the United States know that non-profit
 organizations like Public TV, Public Radio, and, yes,
 LINGUIST List, have to depend on subscriber donations for
 a large portion of their operating expenses: government
 does not typically fund such organizations, no matter
 the benefits they might bring.

 LINGUIST List gets a little support from Eastern Michigan
 University in the form of office space and web-access,
 and the English department generously funds two graduate
 assistants, who each work 20 hours a week. But this is
 nowhere near enough to fund what LINGUIST does.

 Just think of what LINGUIST does.  We post jobs postings,
 conference and call postings, book postings, book reviews...
 and each of these require at least two students. The Jobs
 category alone has had well over 90 postings this year,
 and a large proportion of these 'routine' postings require
 email correspondence with the submitters. All of these
 postings have to be classified by linguistic subfield and
 subject language, for if they are going to be useful to
 you they need to be searchable in a way that makes sense
 to a linguist. Because the material we distribute needs
 to be made available quickly, we have a 48-hour turnaround
 time on all postings.  But this means that some students
 have to be available on weekends and holidays. And LINGUIST
 is a year-round operation. For the year 2008, we posted
 almost 4,000 issues for you. All our postings are archived
 so that you can easily search for them and find them.

 We do much more than posting, however. Our website has
 thousands of pages which have to be maintained and updated
 for errors or bad links. These pages contain a great
 quantity of data.  Information on 20,853 linguists is listed,
 and our publications include 7,594 book notices, 1,702
 dissertation abstracts, 2,198 book reviews, 2,567 academic
 papers, and 590 journals. We list the websites of 553
 publishers, 196 professional societies, and maintain a
 database of 156 linguistics mailing lists and their
 discussions. Finally, there are our searchable databases
 of information on more than 7,000 unique languages, their
 alternate names, and the families to which they belong.

 This past year, we have built a number of new services.
 The most prominent is a free abstract submission and review
 service designed especially for organizers of small
 conferences. This allows organizers to customize an
 abstract submission template to fit their needs, and link
 it to their conference website. You can have your submitters
 upload abstracts, and review them online.  All this we host
 for free, providing them with a service that normally only
 the bigger conferences can afford.

 Another new service we have worked on this past year is our
 "Student Portal." This is designed to give students
 interested in linguistics a place where they can find out
 information on the field. It provides them with a broad
 range of information on the discipline and shows them how
 to pursue it as a career: how to find appropriate programs,
 how to pay for one's education, how to improve one's
 academic writing and presentation, how to find the right
 research tools and resources and good career counseling.
 It even gives information on the best ways to find a job.
 This area will be available in the next few weeks!

 A third service made live this year is a facility for
 advertising linguistic internships. This provides a page
 that gives you the ability to see the field in which the
 internship is offered, its location, what it provides,
 and means of contacting the organization which is offering
 it. This service features an upload function for students
 who wish to provide resumes, giving both employers and
 potential interns an easy place to exchange information.

 You might wonder why we need so many graduate students to
 run LINGUIST. There's a really good reason:  we do so much!
 The external grants we've received have been very gratifying:
 but they are all provided to us to accomplish research goals.
 None can be used to fund the normal running of the list, nor
 can they be used to support the students who do the hard
 work. And it certainly cannot be used for the training the
 students must receive to reach their full potential. In
 some ways, it makes matters worse:  our grants often build
 facilities which we must then support all by ourselves.

 For eighteen years, LINGUIST has been dedicated to providing
 our email and website services to linguists across the world
 without cost to the users. We have a commitment to free
 services, for we believe this will enable our work to be
 used by anyone who needs it. We are also determined to make
 these services the very best we can.  But these services
 cost money, and the better they are, the more it costs to
 support them.

 Remember:  our discipline is only as good as the next
 generation of linguists.  And it is your support that is
 helping to produce them.  And the linguists that the
 LINGUIST organization produces not only have a good grounding
 in linguistics, but are also especially sophisticated in the
 use of language technologies and tools that will ultimately
 contribute to preserving knowledge of the world's languages
 and linguistic structures.  One of our proudest achievements
 is the number of LINGUIST assistants who go on to enroll in
 Ph.D. programs at some of the world's best graduate schools.
 And it is your money that is giving them the support they need.

 So, once again, we are asking those of you with the means to
 do so to contribute to the LINGUIST List 2009 Fund Drive.
 Every penny goes to the graduate students who run the list
 and website, for it is they who need it most, and it is they
 who are the future of our discipline. Please donate at:

 Anthony & Helen 
 This Year the LINGUIST List hopes to raise $60,000. This money will go to
 help keep the List running by supporting all of our Student Editors for
 the coming year.

 See below for donation instructions, and don't forget to check out our
 Fund Drive 2009 LINGUIST List Restaurant and join us for a delightful

 There are many ways to donate to LINGUIST!

 You can donate right now using our secure credit card form at

 Alternatively you can also pledge right now and pay later. To do so, go
 to: https://linguistlist.org/donation/pledge/pledge1.cfm

 For all information on donating and pledging, including information on how
 to donate by check, money order, or wire transfer, please visit:

 The LINGUIST List is under the umbrella of Eastern Michigan University and
 as such can receive donations through the EMU Foundation, which is a
 registered 501(c) Non Profit organization. Our Federal Tax number is
 38-6005986. These donations can be offset against your federal and
 sometimes your state tax return (U.S. tax payers only). For more
 information visit the IRS Web-Site, or contact your financial advisor.

 Many companies also offer a gift matching program, such that they will
 match any gift you make to a non-profit organization. Normally this
 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 program.

 Thank you very much for your support of LINGUIST!


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 Cambridge University Press
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 Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd
 Edinburgh University Press
 Elsevier Ltd
 Emerald Group Publishing Limited
 Equinox Publishing Ltd
 European Language Resources Association - ELRA
 Georgetown University Press
 Hodder Education
 John Benjamins
 Lincom GmbH
 MIT Press
 Mouton de Gruyter
 Multilingual Matters
 Narr Francke Attempto Verlag GmbH + Co. KG
 Oxford University Press
 Peter Lang AG

 Association of Editors of the Journal of Portuguese Linguistics
 Graduate Linguistic Students' Association, Umass
 International Pragmatics Assoc.
 Linguistic Association of Finland
 Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics / Landelijke - LOT
 Pacific Linguistics
 SIL International
 Utrecht institute of Linguistics

 LINGUIST List: Vol-20-920

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