LINGUIST List 13.769

Fri Mar 22 2002

All: New developments on the LINGUIST List website

Editor for this issue: Michael Appleby <>


  1. linguist, New developments on the LINGUIST List website
  2. linguist, Behind the scenes: Website co-ordinator Gayathri

Message 1: New developments on the LINGUIST List website

Date: 22 Mar 2002 08:03:00 -0000
From: linguist <>
Subject: New developments on the LINGUIST List website

Dear Subscribers,

In addition to our mailing list, many of you are already familiar with
our website, It features archives of
LINGUIST issues since 1990 and over 2,000 pages of data, most of which
are linked to hundreds of other linguistic and linguistics-related
websites. Our main site receives over 300,000 hits per week.

Our site includes areas devoted to People & Organizations, Jobs, Calls
& Conferences, Publications, Language Resources, Text & Computer
Tools, Teaching & Learning, and Mailing Lists. Some of the linguistic
resources you can find are the Directory of Linguists, Linguistic
Papers, Job Postings, and Dissertation Abstracts, just to name a
few. Other valuable resources consist of our searchable archive of 80
additional linguistic mailing lists, the popular Ask-a-Linguist
service, NoticeBoard, and even the LINGUIST Cookbook, "Everything You
Ever Wanted to Know about Food... A Feastschrift in Honor of Jim
McCawley," with recipes contributed by linguists from all over the
world (

If you have visited our website recently, you may have noticed small
but significant changes slowly creeping in. We have been working hard
on a new design to make the LINGUIST website an easier to use, even
more comprehensive resource for linguists. Our editors have been busy
classifying web resources so that they are searchable by subject
language and linguistic subfield. This is possible due to our move
into a relational database, which facilitates easier and more
multifaceted searches. We have also worked hard to support Unicode on
the new site, which will allow us to include information in almost any
script on our pages, including the International Phonetic Alphabet.
Furthermore, we now have our data categorized by the most complete set
of language codes on the Internet. You can browse the full set of
language codes at:

The main co-ordinator of the new website is Gayathri Sriram, and you
can read about her experiences on LINGUIST in the second part to this
message, below.

We are proud of the new features of our website, but we would like to
bring you more services. Your support can enable us to provide more
additions to our database, such as Ask-a-Linguist, to make these
services more useful and easy to use. Our generous contributors have
given a grand total of $11,390 to date; their names appear at the
bottom of this message. We would like to express our sincere gratitude
to one and all.

But, we aren't there yet; our goal is to raise $48,000, which is the
amount we will need to support our eleven student editors next year.
We do not receive government money for the daily running and
maintenance of LINGUIST, which is why we ask for your support. We are
only askig for three dollars per subscriber. So if you find our
services valuable, please send in your pledge to LINGUIST today. Even
a small amount will help us to continue and prosper.

Please go to to send us your
pledge. From there you have the choice of donating straight away by
credit card using our secure form, or you can send us a cheque later.
If you do send a cheque, please make it payable in US dollars; we get
charged about $50 a time to convert currency (no such problems with a
credit card).

Alternatively, you can hit "Reply" to this message and send us your
pledge right now by email, prior to sending your cheque. 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. The address to send cheques is as follows:

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

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

Don't forget that in return for a donation of $25 or more, we would
like to send you a gift, such as one of our LINGUIST List baby
T-shirts. Sized 2-4, they're a perfect fit for the budding linguists
in your family. To see what else is on offer, do visit our premiums
page at Please let us know in
your pledge which you would like. Remember to let us know your postal
address and what size and style you'd like.

We at LINGUIST really do appreciate your support. We couldn't do this
without you.

With our sincere thanks,


Anthony, Helen, Andrew, Karen, Naomi, Heather, James, Michael,
Zhen-Wei, Richard, Karolina, Dina, Renee, Steve, Marie, Gayathri,
John, Ljuba, Terry, Simin, Tomoko.


LINGUIST Contributors

ANGELS ($1000 and over)

 Blackwell Publishers
 John Benjamins	
 W.V.U. Research Corporation
 Richard Sproat and Chilin Shih
MAINSTAYS ($100 to $1000)
 Dr Catherine Walter
 Elizabeth D. Liddy
 Kevin R. Gregg
 Ernest McCarus
 Julie Auger
 Larisa Zlatic
 Margaret Winters and Geoff Nathan
 Masahide Ishihara
 Paul Chapin
 Robb	Watt
 Theo Vennemann
 Mary Bucholtz
 - Plus 4 anonymous donors

SUPPORTERS ($50 to $100)

 Antonella Sorace, University of Edinburgh
 Dan Slobin
 Linda L. Thornburg, Klaus-Uwe Panther
 Mary Grenham
 Anne Bezuidenhout
 Baden Hughes
 Donna Christian
 Greg Kochanski
 Ingo Thonhauser
 Kathleen Doty
 Kathleen Ward
 Laurel Watkins
 Laurie Bauer
 Maite Taboada
 Melanie Green
 Paul Boersma
 Pius ten Hacken
 Scott McGinnis
 Thomas L. Cornell
 Andreas Schramm
 Carol W. Pfaff
 Francisco Dubert
 Gail Stygall
 Ingo Plag
 Judy Fuller
 Laura Callahan
 Regina Oakeshott
 Syracuse University
 Tom Wasow
 U. of Nijmegen, dept. of English
 Veronika Koller
 - Plus 5 anonymous donors
DONORS (Up to $50)

 Dr. Sherida Altehenger-Smith
 Job M. van Zuijlen
 Joseph Eska
 Albert Ortmann
 Anastasia Bonch-Osmolovskaja
 Ash Asudeh
 Bernd Moebius
 Carol A. Klee
 Dr Anne Reboul
 Earl Hofer
 Feride Erku
 Fernanda Ferreira
 Jeffrey T. Runner
 Joana Rossell
 Kevin Bretonnel Cohen
 M.J. Schreuder
 Miwa Nishimura
 Niladri Sekhar Dash
 Rene J. Valdes
 Robert Bayley
 Stenstrom, Anna-Brita
 Alana I. Thorpe, PhD
 Andrew Koontz-Garboden
 Chang S. Lee
 Clare Stroud
 Cynthia Edmiston
 David Gaatone
 Gerhardt Cornelia
 Joachim Grabowski
 Judith M.S. Pine, George A. Pine
 Lynn Santelmann
 Sebastian Ross-Hagebaum
 Stuart Stewart
 Will Fitzgerald
 Yi Yuan
 anja wanner
 D.B. den Ouden
 Jila Ghomeshi
 Benavides, Carlos
 Tor A. Afarli
 Uri Strauss
 Julie Bruch
 Nancy Wiegand
 Ute Smit
 Caren Brinckmann
 Frank Domahs
 Hortensia Curell
 Max Wheeler
 Roser Morante
 Simone Mueller
 James Sneddon
 Richard Page
 Ans van Kemenade
 Stella Markantonatou
 Ora Matushansky
 - Plus 11 anonymous donors

 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 

 Carleton University 
 Gallaudet University 
 Indiana University 
 Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
 National University of Singapore 
 Universita Degli Studi di Trento 
 University of British Columbia 
 University of Cambridge 
 University of Canterbury 
 University of Chicago 
 University of Cyprus 
 University of Maryland Dental School 
 University of Nevada, Las Vegas 
 University of Nijmegen 
 University of Ottawa 
 University of Pittsburgh 
 University of Rochester 
 University of Zurich 
 W.V.U. Research Corporation
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Message 2: Behind the scenes: Website co-ordinator Gayathri

Date: 22 Mar 2002 07:55:29 -0000
From: linguist <>
Subject: Behind the scenes: Website co-ordinator Gayathri

Dear subscribers,

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, few words from Gayathri Sriram...

I am an Information Systems major from EMU. I have been working for
the LINGUIST as a programmer/database analyst for the last couple of
years. Working on the LINGUIST has been quite an enriching experience
for me. Not only do I get to discover and improve my programming
skills, I also get to learn about this rich discipline, linguistics,
for free! (Considering my major, it is not surprising that I do not
have any formal training in linguistics). During my masters, I was
told that getting to work on a huge database would be a rare
occurrence. Well, I am glad I am one of those lucky ones as LINGUIST
has a 70-table database (the entire database takes up about 12 A4
sheets to print). Also, this huge database can handle multi-national
characters! This Unicode-compatible database enables us to provide you
with the various user-interfaces and also the latest and most accurate
information about the discipline. 

At LINGUIST, it is not all work and no play: we have the most amazing
Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter potlucks (since we have an
international crew, all our celebrations are interesting). 
International food, LINGUIST parties, Unicode database,
and programming challenges make working for LINGUIST all the more
enticing for me!

Gayathri Sriram 

To donate to LINGUIST, go to:

To see and read more about Gayathri, go to:
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