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Subject: 1.0 All: ANNOUNCING THE FORMATION OF LINGUIST
Subject: All: Formation of Linguist
ANNOUNCING THE FORMATION OF LINGUIST
We would like to thank all of you for replying to our request for support in setting up a linguists list. We received a far larger number of replies than we had expected, and, as a result of that considerable support, the powers-that-be have agreed to fund the list, which has been called "LINGUIST". All of you who receive this message have been added to the list, and will automatically receive all future mailings. If you wish to remove yourself from the list, instructions on how to do so will be found below.
The list is now operational, though the listserv software which will maintain it is not fully tested, and bugs may appear. Please bear with us in the next four or five weeks while we get things running properly. Nevertheless, the mailing addresses for the list now exist, and mail may be directed at them. The addresses with their functions are as follows:
Direct all messages which are for general distribution to the list to:
Direct all requests for addition to or removal from the subscribers' list to:
To add yourself to the list, include as the first and only line of your message the following:
To remove yourself from the list, include as the first and only line of your message the following:
Direct all encomiums, flames, and personal aspersions on editorial policy to:
All public messages received will be archived, and ultimately become available to subscribers through an archive server. We hope to add further services--e.g. a linguists' name-server--as disk-space and time becomes available.
The list will be moderated, and thus all submissions will be subject to editorial discretion. What moderating is done will be as light-handed as we can make it, and is intended only to ensure that the content remains consistent with the goals of the list: to provide a forum for the discussion of those issues which interest professional linguists. It is most emphatically our intent that the list not acquire an ideological or theoretical bent of any kind whatsoever. As of this moment, and by dint of historical accident (i.e. we volunteered), the two editors are:
Anthony Aristar: University of Western Australia a_aristarfennel.cc.uwa.oz.au
Helen Dry: University of Texas at San Antonio 1echadutsa86.sa.utexas.edu
Let us say in ending that making a list of this kind a success depends crucially on initiating an ongoing dialogue between participants. Once this dialogue has been properly begun, the list acquires a life of its own, and little further effort is required to maintain its existence. To this end, we earnestly ask you all to begin contributing, and aid therefore in the continuance of LINGUIST. Most particularly we ask you to begin the practice of directing all linguistically relevant public announcements to this list, and to ask your department to do so too. This list is the appropriate place for job and conference announcements as well as for ongoing discussions about the discipline.
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