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Message 1: LINGUIST Editors' Thoughts on LINGUIST

Date: 30 Mar 2001 06:05:45 -0000
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Subject: LINGUIST Editors' Thoughts on LINGUIST

Dear Subscribers:

We thought that you might find it interesting to hear a little about
our editors, but said in their own words. We -- the moderators of
the list -- have felt blessed in the students who have chosen to
work with LINGUIST. Not only are they delightful people to spend time
with, but they have shown an extraordinary dedication to LINGUIST,
working creatively and well in circumstances which are sometimes
rather difficult. Some of them are leaving us this year, and we will
be sad to see them depart, though they are going on to fine
Ph.D. programs in linguistics. We wish them the very best in their
continuing studies. But we're glad that they were with us for a
time--and doubly glad that some of the current editors are staying
to form part of next year's crew. 

These students are holders of the "LINGUIST Fellowships" which we have
instituted at Eastern Michigan University and Wayne State University,
the institutions where LINGUIST has its editorial offices. These
fellowships include full stipends and tuition waivers; and they are
funded completely by donations from LINGUIST subscribers like you.
(We also rely on subscribers to help us identify other deserving
students who might like to work for LINGUIST--please contact us if you
have a prospective M.A. student to recommend.) 

As you can see, the LINGUIST crew has come from places spread across
the world. This is very much an object of pride to us, for this
international crew represents what we have tried to make of LINGUIST:
an organization that belongs to no one country and helps to unite
linguists worldwide. 

But we've said enough. Let the students talk for themselves.
Lydia, from Russia:

Working for LINGUIST has given me a great opportunity to get a direct
access to the most recent developments in the field of linguistics. 
In communicating with subscribers, I also got a sense of the unique and 
friendly linguistic community brought together by LINGUIST. It was one 
of the reasons I decided to continue studying linguistics at a PhD level 
starting this fall. And it was simply a lot of fun to work with such a 
fabulous group of people on the LINGUIST crew. I know that after leaving
LINGUIST later this year, I will remember working for LINGUIST as one
of my best experiences.
Michael, from the United Kingdom:

As an international student, one of the things I appreciate most
about being with LINGUIST is that it gives me the opportunity to live
and work in a foreign country. If it hadn't been for the LINGUIST
fellowship, I don't think I would have considered the prospect of
living in a different country realistic. But while in truth there are
other opportunities for degree-seeking students, being with LINGUIST
made it so easy to settle in. And there is probably no other
institution that makes you feel quite so involved with the linguistics
community. With LINGUIST, we can see what is current through the
'discussions' issues and we get to 'meet' other linguists on a regular
basis through email.

Naomi, from Japan:

I have been working for the LINGUIST List for almost one and half
years. The most grateful thing for me and all the crew is... Good
brain training!!! The reason? Because in my case, I am a book editor 
and posting a lot of announcements of great publications every day. 
It means that my brain gets input the most up-dated information about 
the current topics in linguistics by reading those announcements before 
I post them. This is a great advantage for me with working for the 
LINGUIST List. Moreover, we always try to be very accurate in order 
not to make mistakes on our postings. This requires a good coordination 
between our eyes and brain. At last, as you may know, we have many 
different tasks to maintain our list and keep a high quality of services.
This means that we NEED a great capacity of memory in our brain to 
remember all the things that we have to do. So...we will be a bunch of 
the smartest crew in the world !!! (Laugh)

And from the USA:


When Helen asked us all to write a short paragraph telling what we
like best about working for LINGUIST, my first inclination was to say,
"The wine." But although the wine at our monthly meetings ranks close
to the top of my list of favorite things, there are other, more
important things that come to mind. 

I have to admit that because I started working for LINGUIST only 6
weeks after joining the world of linguistics, I had no idea of what
the LINGUIST LIST was. When, during my initial meeting with Anthony
Aristar and Helen Aristar-Dry, they asked me (in a proud voice that
made it clear that they expected a positive answer), "Do you know about
LINGUISTLIST?", I had to make a decision. Do I lie and give the
anticipated, "Of course, doesn't everyone?", or do I come clean and
confess that I had not yet seen the light? I told the truth, said no,
and it didn't seem to bother them. Anthony said matter-of-factly,
"That's alright, you will." And two and a half years later, I can't
imagine how I ever got along without it! What better way to go through
grad school than to be paid to be the first to get "the inside scoop"
on all that's going on in the world of linguistics? As a LINGUIST
editor, receiving, reading, and posting messages from linguists all
over the world, I feel as though I am at the center of a huge
linguistic community. And since I frequently communicate with several
people on a regular basis, I have come to feel as if I know them. It
is also quite nice to be able to read some great linguistic book and
realize that only the day before I had been 'talking' (virtually
speaking, of course) to the author! Then there is LINGUIST,
itself. Being "intimately familiar" with the best linguistic resource
that one could have in their home is a real advantage when those
research papers are assigned! So, I guess the best things about
working as a LINGUIST editor are: 1. The people. 2. The wealth of
information. 3. Getting paid to do something that's this much
fun. ...but there's still that wine...
When I hired in at LINGUIST, 2 years ago. I didn't know much. Sure, I
knew hardware and BASIC (not visual basic). I had half of a bachelor's
degree in Linguistics under my belt. But now, thanks to the
opportunities presented to me by LINGUIST, I am fairly proficient in
UNIX, ColdFusion, Oracle, and html. As I am already formally studying
Linguistics and Photography, I wouldn't have had time to learn these
things on my own. This experience, combined with the linguistics
conferences and after-meeting discussions, have greatly expanded my
understanding of linguistics. This makes me a much more valuable
student going into graduate school. 

As to the fun times at LINGUIST, I like the vast amounts of food and
drink we were forced to consume at every meeting. The blood sacrifices
to NSF were fun too. . . .
Having the opportunity to be a part of maintaining and improving the
LINGUIST LIST has provided me with considerable experience. I
appreciate having such a valuable opportunity. 


Working for Linguist these past few months has been extremely valuable 
for me in that it allows me to observe current discussions and areas of 
interest in the field. I can see what kind of research is taking place 
and can contribute by, for example, putting together a website, which 
is very rewarding.

It is the donations that we receive from subscribers like you that
have allowed us to fund fellowships for these excellent students. We
hope you will continue your support of them--and LINGUIST--by helping
us fund next year's crew. Thanks to the generosity of the people 
listed at the end of this message, we have collected $36,566 of the 
$40,000 we need. That means we need only $3434 more in order to support 
the students who will edit LINGUIST in the coming year. If you have not 
yet donated to the Linguist Fund Drive, please do so now.

You can donate by credit card at

or you can send a check made out to "The Linguist Editorial
Support Fund" to:

The LINGUIST Editorial Support Fund
 c/o Helen Aristar-Dry
 Dept. of English Language and Linguistic
 Eastern Michigan University
 Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Or you can simply hit "Reply" to this message, make a pledge by email,
and send your check later. Then we will be able to list you
immediately as one of our donors; and we may be able to reach our goal
(and halt these Fund Drive messages) a bit earlier. Remember, if you
want a shirt, be sure to include your size, style preference, and a
snail-mail address with your check or email pledge.

As a 501(c)3 organization, LINGUIST qualifies for corporate
donation-matching programs; and, of course, your donation is tax

In return for a donation of $25 or more, we would like to send you a
snazzy, dark blue LINGUIST T-shirt or sweatshirt. Go to

for styles and prices, as well as photos of our fashion-conscious
staff modeling this oh-so-elegant casual attire!

And don't forget to find the "Singing Pig" on the LINGUIST Home Page
and click for our sophisticated production, "The LINGUIST Fund Drive

With sincere thanks for your continued support,


Anthony, Andrew, Helen, John, Terry, Simin, Karen, Lydia, Naomi,
James, Michael, Ljuba, Jody, Marie, Gayathri, and Heather

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