LINGUIST List 13.843

Wed Mar 27 2002

All: Our new Dissertation Abstracts Mini-Website

Editor for this issue: Michael Appleby <>


  1. linguist, Dissertation Abstracts: Another great service
  2. linguist, Behind the scenes: editor Marie

Message 1: Dissertation Abstracts: Another great service

Date: 27 Mar 2002 06:57:05 -0000
From: linguist <>
Subject: Dissertation Abstracts: Another great service

Dear Linguists,

Did you know that the Linguist List now stores nearly 600 abstracts of
dissertations in linguistics? This number is still growing. The
abstracts are available on our totally new, redesigned dissertations
area in the publications mini-site at

To better serve the linguistic community, we have made several
substantial changes, not limiting ourselves only to new good looks:
all abstracts that are stored in a database are now categorized
according to their linguistic sub-field and subject language (or
language family). From the above address, you can browse the
dissertation abstracts by author or search for them by linguistic
subfield or subject language. As for March 11, 2002 we had the
following totals in each category:

Applied Ling 43
Computational Ling 44
Discourse Analysis 39
Historical Ling 33
Morphology 15
Phonetics 23
Phonology 45
Pragmatics 27
Psycholinguistics 35
Semantics 53
Sociolinguistics 64
Syntax 106
Text/Corpus Ling 12
Typology 57

The Linguist List dissertation abstracts facility is a useful research
tool; it helps you keep track of what is going on in the linguistic
world, and allows you to find information about dissertations in
subjects that are of interest to you. As already mentioned, our
archive is rapidly growing, and the access is completely free.

Another new and exciting feature is that now you can enter or update
your dissertation abstract from your own Personal Page, which is
protected by password. Some of you might have already received an
email from us containing your new login and password; if you did not
receive that email, you can still sign in as a new user. For
directions how to log in, see

There are many more options available from your Personal Page, e.g. a
possibility to add/update an academic paper or add/update your
personal information for the Directory of Linguists. However, we need
funding to maintain and develop these free services to you. We have
(and need!) a staff of 11 graduate students, most of whom are funded
wholly or in part through your donations. Your contributions not only
help LINGUIST provide services like the Dissertation Abstracts
archive, but they also help these outstanding students achieve their
academic goals. 

One of our editors working on this part of the website is Marie
Klopfenstein. Do see how LINGUIST List has helped her, in the second
message of this issue, below.

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Message 2: Behind the scenes: editor Marie

Date: 27 Mar 2002 06:57:38 -0000
From: linguist <>
Subject: Behind the scenes: editor Marie

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, a few words from Marie Klopfenstein...

Working on LINGUIST has given me the opportunity to learn skills that
I might not have otherwise learned. I have developed skills with Unix and
ColdFusion, as well as an understanding of relational databases. This has
led to my growing interest in how databases can be modeled to best store
and retrieve human language data. My experience with LINGUIST may help me
to one day make contributions in this area!


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