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Thu Mar 21 2002

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Message 1: A few words from Dick Hudson

Date: 21 Mar 2002 07:32:50 -0000
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Subject: A few words from Dick Hudson

Dear Subscribers,

Throughout the year, it is not uncommon for us to recieve short notes
of support and praise for the work we do at LINGUIST. We share those
messsages among the crew and you can be sure that we appreciate them
immensely. Dick Hudson, a member of the LINGUIST Advisory Board was
gracious enough to write this letter for our fund drive, as we know
that you would probably enjoy hearing from someone other than a
Linguist crew member! We thank Dick, and ALL of you, for your words of
support thoughout the year. They keep us going! On another note, your
criticism and suggestions are important too. We are linguists before
we are programmers, and we need your feedback so that we can correct
errors and problems as soon as they appear. Underlyingly, our
developing website is as structurally complex as many professional
sites, and we appreciate your patience as we it all together. There
are many exciting developments just around the corner; we hope you
enjoy them and find them useful.

 Dear Linguist List,

 For me the Linguist List stands for the IT revolution in linguistics.
 It was the first discussion group that I joined, and transformed my
 working life. It remains the 'classic' in the field to which (in my
 opinion) every linguist should automatically subscribe. It has grown
 up very fast under the clear-sighted management of the core team, and
 its main value nowadays is as an information resource (rather than a
 discussion list) - the natural starting point for any web search in
 linguistics. But rich web sites don't grow on trees; they cost money;
 if we want to keep it independent of advertising, we have to pay for
 it ourselves. I've contributed small amounts in the past, and no doubt
 I shall continue to do so in the future. A few dollars a year isn't
 much to pay for this - especially if you think how much we pay for a
 single book.

 Dick Hudson
 Phonetics and Linguistics, University College London, UK


As you receive this message, we will be into the fourth day of the
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