LINGUIST List 13.729

Tue Mar 19 2002

All: LINGUIST List Book Reviews

Editor for this issue: Michael Appleby <>


  1. linguist, Book Reviews - A rapidly growing service
  2. linguist, Today's editor: Dina Kapetangianni

Message 1: Book Reviews - A rapidly growing service

Date: 19 Mar 2002 06:56:25 -0000
From: linguist <>
Subject: Book Reviews - A rapidly growing service

Dear LINGUIST subscribers,

In January 2001, Andrew Carnie turned over to us the job of book
review editors for the LINGUIST list. Thanks to his efforts over the
previous two years, the number of book reviews had increased
significantly with no decline in quality, to over 160 in 2000 (volume
11). Since there are now two of us handling book reviews, we have been
able to devote some of our time and energy to increasing our coverage
further, with the result that we posted over 330 book reviews in 2001
(volume 12).
The links to our reviews for 2001 and 2002 are:

Because we solicit and post reviews electronically, reviews in
LINGUIST are usually the first to appear, often months if not years
before they appear in print. While our reviews are not refereed, they
are almost always thorough and of high quality, because we try as best
we can to match prospective reviewers' qualifications with the books
they are to review, and because we instruct our reviewers not only to
summarize the books' content but also to evaluate them critically. On
occasion our reviews do not measure up to the standards of some
subscribers, and we hear from you about it. We strongly encourage
subscribers (including the authors and editors of the books that are
reviewed) to send their comments not only privately to us, but also
for posting in our discussion (Disc) forum.

Most of the books we review are sent to us by our supporting
publishers. We occasionally solicit reviews of linguistics books
published by others because of their importance to the field and hence
to our subscribers. When those reviews are solicited, and again when
they are posted, we contact the publishers to try to persuade them to
become LINGUIST supporters, and so increase our ability to serve our
subscribers with timely notification of books of potential interest.

The normal way in which we assign books for review is to announce
their availability, usually in monthly batches which are posted as
Books: AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW, and invite subscribers to tell us which
books they are interested in and qualified to review. We then meet to
select the reviewers for that batch, package the books up, address
them, and put them in the mail. The new LINGUIST website contains a
page in which subscribers can volunteer directly to review books of
interest to them. If they are books that we have received and are
about to announce, we will add their names to the pool of potential
reviewers for those books. If they are books that we have not yet
received from a supporting publisher, we will notify the volunteer
that they will have to wait until we receive the book and announce its
availability before they hear from us. If they are published by
nonsupporting publishers, we contact those publishers to ask them to
send us the books and also to become LINGUIST supporters, and notify
the volunteers once we have received it and are about to announce its

Because of their nature and content, book reviews are posted by us,
not by student editors. We do not charge the LINGUIST list for our
time; it is donated as a service. As a result, the cost to the
LINGUIST list for posting book reviews is not as great as that for
posting book announcements. However it is not zero. We need a student
assistant to help maintain our records for keeping track of the books
we receive and send out, and to prepare the books for mailing. We also
have significant mailing costs, as we send nearly two-thirds of the
books we receive to reviewers outside the United States and Canada.

Sincerely yours,

Simin Karimi and Terry Langendoen
LINGUIST list book review editors

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John, Ljuba, Terry, Simin, Tomoko.


Many thanks to our 2002 contributors:

ANGELS ($1000 and over):

 Blackwell Publishers
 John Benjamins
MAINSTAYS ($100 to $1000):

 Dr Catherine Walter
 Elizabeth D. Liddy
 Margaret Winters and Geoff Nathan
 Michelle Portalatin
 Robb Watt
- Plus one anonymous donor
SUPPORTERS ($50 to $100):

 Antonella Sorace
 University of Edinburgh
 Mary Grenham
 Baden Hughes
 Kathleen Doty
 Kathleen Ward
 Paul Boersma
 Regina Oakeshott
 Syracuse University
 Tom Wasow
- Plus 3 anonymous donors
DONORS (up to $50):

 Dr. Sherida Altehenger-Smith
 Albert Ortmann
 Anastasia Bonch-Osmolovskaja
 Bernd Mobius
 Chang S. Lee
 Dr Anne Reboul
 Max Wheeler
 Miwa Nishimura
 Robert Bayley
 Chang S. Lee
 Clare Stroud
 David Gaatone
 Lynn Santelmann
 Sebastian Ross-Hagebaum
 Tor A. Afarli
 Uri Strauss
 Caren Brinckmann
 Karen Milligan
 Hortensia Curell
 James Sneddon
- Plus one anonymous donor

 Academic Press 		
 Arnold Publishers 		
 Athelstan Publications 		
 Blackwell Publishers 		
 Cambridge University Press 		
 Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd 		
 Distribution Fides 		
 Elsevier Science Ltd. 		
 John Benjamins 		
 Kluwer Academic Publishers 		
 Lincom Europa 		
 MIT Press 		
 Mouton de Gruyter 		
 Multilingual Matters 		
 Oxford UP 		
 Pearson Education 		


 Anthropological Linguistics 
 CSLI Publications 
 Cascadilla Press 
 Finno-Ugrian Society 
 Graduate Linguistic Students' Assoc., Umass 
 International Pragmatics Assoc. 
 Kingston Press Ltd 
 Linguistic Assoc. of Finland 
 MIT Working Papers in Linguistics 
 Pacific Linguistics 
 Pacini Editore Spa 
 St. Jerome Publishers 
 Summer Institute of Linguistics 
 Utrecht Institute of Linguistics 
 Virittaja Aikakauslehti 


 Australian National University 
 Bowne Global Solutions, Inc. 
 Cal State University, San Marcos 
 Canon Research Centre Europe
 Carleton Univ. 
 Central Connecticut State University 
 Chulalongkorn University 
 Computer Science Innovations, Inc. 
 Da Yeh University 
 East Carolina University 
 Educational Testing Service 
 Elementary Textbook Publisher 
 European Commission, Joint Research Centre
 Georgia Southern University 
 Georgia State University 
 Grand Valley State University 
 Graz University of Technology 
 Greenwich School of English 
 Kanisa Inc. 
 Kobe College
 Lionbridge Technologies 
 Logical Properties 
 Marquette University 
 Memorial University of Newfoundland 
 Microsoft Corporation 
 Middlesex University 
 Monash University 
 National University of Kaohsiung 
 North Carolina State University 
 OGI School of Science and Engineering at OHSU 
 Rhetorical Systems Ltd 
 Rice University
 Rutgers University 
 SDL International 
 SRA International
 SUNY, Stony Brook 
 Salem International University 
 Simon Fraser University 
 Thammasat University 
 Univ. of California, Berkeley 
 Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) 
 Universitdt Bielefeld 
 University College Dublin
 University of Aberdeen 
 University of Amsterdam 
 University of British Columbia 
 University of California, Santa Barbara 
 University of Canterbury
 University of Florida 
 University of Leipzig 
 University of Liverpool
 University of Macau 
 University of Maryland 
 University of Maryland Dental School 
 University of Nevada, Las Vegas 
 University of Newcastle
 University of Pittsburgh 
 University of Southern California 
 University of Vermont 
 Vox Generation Ltd 
 WTB Language Group Inc. 
 Waters Technologies Ireland Ltd 
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Message 2: Today's editor: Dina Kapetangianni

Date: 19 Mar 2002 06:56:38 -0000
From: linguist <>
Subject: Today's editor: Dina Kapetangianni

We thought you'd like to hear from some of the students your funds are
supporting. So this year each fund drive issue will include a brief
paragraph from one of our editors telling you, their sponsors, about
their work with LINGUIST.

And now, a few words from Dina Kapetangianni...

I am currently a graduate student in the Linguistics MA program at
Eastern Michigan University. I came three years ago from Greece where
I received my BA in French Language and Literature at the Aristotle
University of Thessaloniki.

I joined Linguist almost a year ago because I was amazed by the fact
that such a small group working at Eastern and at Wayne State
University could maintain such a big website as Linguist. I started my
"career" posting conferences and inputting web resources in our new
database. My duties were constantly changing since there were so many
different things to be done - and without really realizing it, I ended
up doing web development jobs, talking about Cold Fusion and Dream
Weaver programs-areas that I was never familiar with and never thought
that I will be using! But this is what I like most at Linguist: you
never get to be bored with what you're doing because you are always
assigned something new that you need to learn and be good at!

I also enjoy being part of the international Linguist crew! We are
all so different coming from different countries but we all share each
other's cultures, habits - we even try to learn each other's language-
so it feels like we all belong to the same big family, the LINGUIST
family! Although this semester I am finishing my class work at EMU, I
will still be working for Linguist. During this last year, I improved
my computer skills, I contacted people all over the world, I offered
and received information about linguistic events and language
resources. This is the best experience I've ever had.
Thank you, LINGUIST!

Dina Kapetangianni
Graduate Student

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