LINGUIST List 13.789

Mon Mar 25 2002

All: Announcing our NEW Publications Mini-Website

Editor for this issue: Michael Appleby <>


  1. linguist, The NEW Linguist List Publications Mini-Site
  2. linguist, Behind the scenes: Our books editor Richard

Message 1: The NEW Linguist List Publications Mini-Site

Date: 25 Mar 2002 05:34:09 -0000
From: linguist <>
Subject: The NEW Linguist List Publications Mini-Site

* Introducing the new Publications Mini-Site on LINGUIST List: 


Dear Subscribers,

Welcome to 'The Changing Face of the LINGUIST List', the catchy little
buzz-phrase we coined to coincide with the launch of our new
publications mini-site, the first installment of our super-improved
dynamic web-site officially launched as of now.
So what's new? If you visit the above URL the first thing that strikes
you is the new look: functional and aesthetically pleasing drop-down
menus and a side-bar that make navigation around the whole site a
breeze. This template schema forms the back bone of the whole site, so
one minute you could be searching for a book then with one click you
are in the jobs section, click again and you have found our list of
dissertation abstracts.

"Brilliant," we hear you say, jumping for joy and sharing our
euphoria, "just one thing though, not meaning to be picky or anything,
but have you made any substantive improvements? I mean, LINGUIST List
is an academic site, right?" We are so glad you asked.

The first big thing to note is that our new web-site is dynamic.
Previously we hosted static pages, each having to be updated
individually to accommodate new data. Now, however, the site is built
around an Oracle database, and the pages are written in Cold Fusion
which acts as an interface for the data we store. This allows for a
far superior level of data management and retrieval than we have ever
had before. For instance, when a book is added to the database, that
information is immediately made available to multiple output
facilities: you can retrieve the information not only via a book
search, but also via a publisher search, person search, or even a
search by Subject Language or Linguistic Sub-Field. The last two we
feel are particularly pertinent for linguistic research, which is why
all new publications are classified for their linguistic sub-field(s),
as well as subject language(s) if relevant.

Our new infrastructure also allows for improved efficiency in the
handling of review data. For several years now, we have been making
use of our highly talented and worldwide subscriber base to review as
many new publications in linguistics and related areas as we possibly
can. Now we can link any book with its reviews, and make that data
retrievable in seconds. We have also included a Comment field linked
to books, which acts as a sort of discussion forum for a particular

The above URL acts as a portal to all your publication needs, whether
its information on books, journals, dissertation abstracts, academic
papers, or the publishers who bring this material to the linguistics
community. Please do take a moment to look around the site and see the
power of this innovative technology at work, we truly believe it will
make a difference in your day-to-day linguistic life. In order to
maintain this high level of practicality, however, we need your
support. Already the generous contributions we receive from our
supporting publishers accounts for approximately a third of our total
needs. The short-fall is made up by our subscribers like yourself. The
funds we raised last year enabled us to significantly improve LINGUIST
List, and we have so much still to do. Please help us keep this worthy
service where it is and progress by leaps and bounds well into the new
millennium by making a donation. Your contribution really does make a

This year we are asking for $48,000 to support our students editors in
the coming year. Our books editor is Richard John Harvey; please read
how you will be helping him in the second part to this issue, below.

Thanks to the generosity of everyone listed below, we have now received
$12,960. This still leaves three-quarters of our editors unsupported.
So if you have not donated yet, 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

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 world-famous LINGUIST List T-shirt. See how good
we all look wearing them, despite being tired after a hard day's work
( Editor Steve has since
shaved off his hair since his photo was taken; you may like to place a
thumb strategically on your monitor screen to see what he looks like
now. But despite his radical new look, you can be sure that the first
thing people notice is his stylish LINGUIST List sweat shirt. If you
prefer to accessorize, we also have LINGUIST List tote bags on offer
at the $25 level. 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
 Cathy Wissink
 Ernest McCarus
 James J. Jenkins
 Julie Auger
 Language Learning Center at Michigan State University
 Larisa Zlatic
 Margaret Winters and Geoff Nathan
 Masahide Ishihara
 Paul Chapin
 Robb	Watt
 Sharon Obeidallah
 Theo Vennemann
 E. Wayles Browne, Cornell University
 Mary Bucholtz
 Michael Swan
 - Plus 4 anonymous donors

SUPPORTERS ($50 to $100)

 Robert Englebretson
 Antonella Sorace, University of Edinburgh
 Dan Slobin
 Wi-vun Taiffalo Chiung
 Linda L. Thornburg, Klaus-Uwe Panther
 Mary Grenham
 Anne Bezuidenhout
 Baden Hughes
 Barbara Olson Herrarte
 Donna Christian
 Greg Kochanski
 Ingo Thonhauser
 Julia S. Falk
 Kathleen Doty
 Kathleen Ward
 Laurel Watkins
 Laurie Bauer
 Loraine K. Obler, Ph.D.
 Maite Taboada
 Melanie Green
 Mr Baden Hughes
 Mr Laurent Proulx
 Paul Boersma
 Pius ten Hacken
 Ray Hudson
 Scott McGinnis
 Sherri Condon
 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 6 anonymous donors
DONORS (Up to $50)

 Dr. Sherida Altehenger-Smith
 Jenifer Larson-Hall
 Job M. van Zuijlen
 Joseph Eska
 Albert Ortmann
 Anastasia Bonch-Osmolovskaja
 Ash Asudeh
 Bernd Moebius
 Carol A. Klee
 Dave Schneider
 Dr Anne Reboul
 Earl Hofer
 Feride Erku
 Fernanda Ferreira
 Jeffrey T. Runner
 Joana Rossell
 Kevin Bretonnel Cohen
 M.J. Schreuder
 Meredith Doran
 Miwa Nishimura
 Niladri Sekhar Dash
 Rene J. Valdes
 Robert Bayley
 Stenstrom, Anna-Brita
 Theresa Biberauer
 Alana I. Thorpe, PhD
 Andrew Koontz-Garboden
 Camilla Wide
 Chang S. Lee
 Clare Stroud
 Claus D. Pusch
 Cynthia Edmiston
 David Gaatone
 Donald F. Reindl
 Gerhardt Cornelia
 James Sneddon
 Joachim Grabowski
 Judith M.S. Pine, George A. Pine
 Lynn Santelmann
 Reiko Hayashi
 Sebastian Ross-Hagebaum
 Stanley Dubinsky
 Stuart Stewart
 Suzanne K. Hilgendorf
 Will Fitzgerald
 Yi Yuan
 anja wanner
 D.B. den Ouden
 Jila Ghomeshi
 Benavides, Carlos
 Tor A. Afarli
 Uri Strauss
 Dr John te Velde
 Julie Bruch
 Nancy Wiegand
 Ute Smit
 Caren Brinckmann
 Frank Domahs
 Stefan Th. Gries
 Adrienne Bruyn
 Hortensia Curell
 Jean-Marc Dewaele
 Max Wheeler
 Roser Morante
 Simone Mueller,
 James Sneddon
 Richard Page
 Ans van Kemenade
 Stella Markantonatou
 Donn Bayard
 Ora Matushansky
 - Plus 13 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: Our books editor Richard

Date: 25 Mar 2002 05:36:24 -0000
From: linguist <>
Subject: Behind the scenes: Our books editor Richard

Dear Subscribers,

We thought you'd enjoy hearing 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 Richard John Harvey ...

Whoa, I'm an alien, I'm a legal alien,
I'm an Englishman in Ypsilanti....

Doesn't have the same ring to it as New York, does it? I don't really
mind, I like it here and I love working for LINGUIST; the experience I
have gained already since August last year has been incredible. I
remember panicking when asked to FTP a file, or move something around
with UNIX commands. But now these are everyday things that I do
without thinking. I also never thought I'd be programming; the thought
of writing code and becoming a 'nerd' played havoc with my conception
of coolness and street-cred. But now I happily come to work and spend
hours writing Cold Fusion (the program we use to interface with our
data-base) web forms, unable to drag myself away from the screen.

The learning curve is steep, however, and is not always smooth. You
are in the middle of a major transition for LINGUIST, which has been
several years in planning, then a long time building. Of course I knew
about LINGUIST List before I came here, I was a subscriber during my
undergrad days at University of Durham, and I even made use of the
web-site for research. What surprised me when I got here was the sheer
scale of the operation and the absolutely gigantic amount of
information that we store and disseminate to you all - and it just
gets bigger. It is my personal hope that I can rise to the challenge
of implementing some of the amazing and brilliant ideas that we get
from our users, and of course come up with ourselves, so that when I
leave here I can feel rightfully proud that not only have I learnt an
amazing amount of useful things, I've also left behind something
useful for the linguistic community at large-- even if that something
is just a tiny part of LINGUIST.
Okay, stop me before I bring tears to your eyes. I am sincere in this
sentiment, but I also have to ask you something. If you have read this
far, then I thank you for allowing to share with you some of the inner
me. It feels a little selfish asking for your financial support; it's
like saying "give us some money and I can get paid...", but it is not
just me. There are twelve graduate assistants working for LINGUIST
now, and as the site continues to grow, funding will be an ongoing
challenge: How to give the opportunity afforded to me to literally
hundreds of linguistic students from around the world for years to
come? So, I shall ask you with my best British politeness: would you
be so kind as to support LINGUIST this year with a small donation? I
am, as well as countless other students before and after me, truly

Yours sincerely,

Richard John Harvey

To donate to LINGUIST, go to:

To see and read more about Richard, go to:
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