LINGUIST List 12.2645

Wed Oct 24 2001

Calls: LSA Video Archive, VERBATIM: Language Quarterly

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  1. Fodor, Janet Dean, LSA Video Archive
  2. Erin McKean, VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly

Message 1: LSA Video Archive

Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2001 16:27:52 -0400
From: Fodor, Janet Dean <>
Subject: LSA Video Archive

The LSA Video Archive -- Call for contributions

The Linguistic Society of America is establishing a video archive to provide
information about language to the general public. The plan is for LSA
members to create short videos on topics of interest concerning language,
which will then be posted at a website open for browsing by all web users.

The aim of this website project is to fuel interest in language among
non-linguists. The videos should be entertaining as well as informative. It
is hoped that they will meet the interests of language enthusiasts, will
spark the interest of others, provide topics and projects for classroom use,
and show the very many ways in which the work of linguists can contribute to
industry, education and other human concerns.

This is in keeping with the focus on outreach to non-linguists which has
been a major goal of the LSA in recent years. It could also help to
encourage imaginative teaching of linguistics to undergraduates. It became
clear during last year's workshop "What Every Educated Person should Know
about Language", that many linguists have given thought to how best to get
language concepts across to naive audiences and are proud of the ways they
have found to do so. The website would offer a way to celebrate these
pedagogic achievements, at the same time as providing an informational
resource for the public. Contributions from student TA's as well as faculty
are welcomed.

A workshop to launch this new project is planned for the LSA annual meeting
in January 2002 (final approval of the workshop is pending). At the
workshop, four speakers will present clips from videos they have prepared,
and will discuss how they set about creating them. Also, there will be a
continuous show of submitted videos at display stations in the halls. Advice
on technical matters will be provided, and ideas for further extensions of
the project will be discussed.

LSA members are invited to submit videos now, for inclusion in the hallway
display at the workshop. These will then be situated at the website when it
is opened to the public (probably in late January).

Any topic on language is appropriate. A good choice would be whatever has
proven most successful with audiences in introductory class presentations. A
video might present a portion of a classroom lecture, or track students
working on a group project, or include footage of fieldwork, or present
linguistic concepts in the form of a puzzle. Whatever the topic,
contributors are encouraged to take advantage of the medium to prepare
graphics and illustrations that go beyond usual classroom style if possible.
To appeal to this non-captive general audience, presentations should ideally
be simple in concept and attractive to the eye. 

Text files may be included to supplement the video presentation, or to
provide a summary which viewers can print out to read later or distribute to
a wider audience.

The attached page has information on how to submit a video to the archive.
Contributions can be submitted at any time from now on.



FORMAT: You may send in a tape (VHS, Digital 8, Hi-8, or mini-DV). Or if you
can digitize your video, you may submit it as a Quicktime movie (.mov) on a
CD-ROM or a ZIP disk. (PC or Mac are both OK.)

MAIL IT TO: Dr. Sean Hendricks, LSA Video Archive Director, Department of
Language Education, 125 Aderhold Hall, University of Georgia, Athens, GA

SEND WITH your video, a signed consent form (see form below). This is

IF YOUR VIDEO INCLUDES OTHER PEOPLE, such as students in a class, or
language informants, you are advised to create a consent form for those
people to sign, giving you their permission to distribute the video. You
should keep these forms. Please check with your university or institution to
find out whether they require any additional procedures for participant

If you have a practical problem, contact Sean Hendricks

If you need advice on presentation of your language topic, contact Barbara
Ludlow (

If you have questions or comments about the Website Project in general,
contact a member of the Steering Committee: Janet Fodor
<>, Merrill Garrett (, Sharon
Klein (, Cecile McKee <> ,
Rebecca Wheeler <>, or the LSA Secretariat at




LSA Video Archive

Official Consent Form for Contributors


Name: _______________________________________

Title of Video: ________________________________

Affiliation: ___________________________________

Address: _____________________________________




To whom it may concern:

I have submitted the above-titled video for use by the Linguistic Society of
America Video Archive. The LSA Video Archive committee has my permission to
digitize and edit this video. The LSA Video Archive committee also has my
permission to publish this video on a public-domain web site. Nothing in
this letter should be construed as giving up copyright of the video to the
LSA Video Archive committee or any of its members.

Signed: _____________________________________

Date: ___________________
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Message 2: VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly

Date: Mon, 22 Oct 2001 17:08:45 -0500
From: Erin McKean <>
Subject: VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly

VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly is looking for submissions for 
publication in 2002.

We publish articles on all aspects of English and other languages, 
general linguistics, usage, and onomastics, but are particularly 
interested in humorous and lighthearted articles explaining 
linguistics to the layperson.

For late 2002 we are especially interested in articles about African 
languages and linguistics for a special issue. Articles should be no 
longer than 2500 words. Deadline for this issue is May 1, 2002.

VERBATIM pays on publication, and buys all rights. However, the 
author has unlimited reprint and revision rights as long as VERBATIM 
is credited as place of first publication and copies of subsequent 
reprints are forwarded to VERBATIM. Payment is made by check in 
dollars or pounds sterling only.

Please send queries before sending complete articles. Send email to 
Erin McKean, Editor, at Examples of published 
articles are available on our website:

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