LINGUIST List 14.711

Wed Mar 12 2003

All: Graduate Assistants and Fan Mail on LINGUIST

Editor for this issue: Richard John Harvey <richardlinguistlist.org>


Directory

  1. linguist, The Cost of a LINGUIST Graduate Assistant
  2. linguist, LINGUIST List Gets Fan Mail...
  3. linguist, Spotlight Our New Staff
  4. linguist, How to Donate to LINGUIST and Contributors So Far

Message 1: The Cost of a LINGUIST Graduate Assistant

Date: 12 Mar 2003 04:38:38 -0000
From: linguist <linguistlinguistlist.org>
Subject: The Cost of a LINGUIST Graduate Assistant

Dear Linguists,

$50,000 is a lot of money to ask for and you may well be wondering
what we do with it all. The biggest cost by far on LINGUIST is for the
Graduate Assistants who run the List. Each year we have to find the
money to pay their stipends and tuition in order for LINGUIST to keep
running; without the GAs the list would grind to a halt, and without
the money there would be no GAs.

At Eastern Michigan University, the basic cost of tuition for a
resident GA, based on the figures for 2002/03 is $246 a credit
hour. On top of this there is a $20 a credit hour General Fee plus a
$10 a credit hour Technology fee, so the total for one credit hour at
EMU is $276. Over two years a graduate has to take 30 credit hours to
be awarded the masters, making a total of $7,380.

That's for a resident. As an international website that acts as a
hub for worldwide linguistics, LINGUIST needs (and wants) to have
international students on staff. As you are more than likely aware,
universities generally charge more for foreign students. The current
cost per credit hour for a foreign student is
$530, making the total for a two year masters $15,900.

And then we have the Graduate Assistant stipend. GA's get $8,300 the
first year and $8,500 the second year, that's a total of $16,800 that
has to be found to feed, cloth and house the LINGUIST students. This
stipend, however only covers the Fall and Winter semesters - as you
know linguistics is a year-round operation and LINGUIST List does not
shut down during Spring and Summer. In fact, this period is very busy
for us. So we have to employ students on an hourly rate. So at a rate
of $11 an hour at 20 hours a week, for ten of the twenty week period,
this would total $2,200. International students are not allowed to
work off campus due to visa restrictions, so they do need to get paid
in order to stay here.

The estimated grand annual cost for a GA to work on LINGUIST List,
therefore, is $19,000 for a resident and $27,520 for a
non-resident. Out of our 19-member current staff, 11 are GAs, either
at Eastern Michigan University or Wayne State University. Seven are
resident and 4 international - that's an estimate of $243,080 - a
scary sum to come up with.

Of course, we look for funding not only from the generosity of our
subscribers, but also a variety of places to cover a big chunk of this
bill. For a start we have to thank the academic publishers who support
LINGUIST, and many linguistics departments and private organizations
make donations when they announce their jobs. Also we have in the past
received Graduate Assistantships from both The Graduate School and the
English department at EMU and Wayne State U., but due to cutbacks in
state allocation of funds, we cannot expect much internal support this
year. This will leave a big hole in our budget.

Please help us fill this hole! We hope that the services we provide
are useful to you as linguists. If you will donate, we can maintain
services that are accessible to everyone and free of charge.

Yours sincerely,

Richard John Harvey
Editor, Publishing and Finance.

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So far we have raised $9,140; Only $40,860 to go!!! If you've ever
used LINGUIST and it's been of help to you, please make a donation.

To donate now using our secure web form, visit:

http://linguistlist.org/donate.html

For instructions on how to donate, or how to make a pledge now and pay
later, see Message 4 in this issue or visit:

http://linguistlist.org/donation.html

Thank you for your support.
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Message 2: LINGUIST List Gets Fan Mail...

Date: 12 Mar 2003 05:04:44 -0000
From: linguist <linguistlinguistlist.org>
Subject: LINGUIST List Gets Fan Mail...

We received this wonderful message last week, so good that we thought
you might enjoy it. A big thank you to Robin Thelwall for letting us
use the message. We have included our Editor-in-chief's response for
your entertainment as well.

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Dear Linguist List,

I thought about cutting you out of my will. I thought about not
donating this year because, finally, after three? or was it four or
five?? donations I finally got my sweatshirt last year. Or had I run
out of cash? I thought about Canadians not getting a tax advantage -
and the lumber problem and the steel problem and now the wheat
problems, and -- so what? BUT then I thought, I've been reading your
pressing emails since the mid 90s in Hong Kong and, since moving to
Canada in '96 I've had the entertainment of applying for jobs in Fiji,
and Cypus and not getting them - and thinking about applying to Taiwan
and China and who knows where else. And the fact that you are in
Ypsilanti - and what Byron-supporter could reject that? And I once
spent a roadside halt in Battle Creek and thought of visiting - but
who should I ask for?? Well, the end of it all is - I have to give
you another donation this year. I know, I know - You shouldn't
support such a non-partisan body, my radical friends cry - BUT you do
a good job, so I'll pay!!

Robin Thelwall
Calgary

PS I made my donation via your webpages!!

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Dear Robin Thelwall,

Your loyalty (and perserverence) will not go unrewarded. Are we really
in your will?

I'm glad to hear you finally received your sweatshirt--probably around
mid-August, eh? I'm happy to be able to tell you that the past 4 years
of practice (as well as the implementation of a database sytem)are
going to pay off this year. You will marvel at our efficiency; you'll
be shocked by our speed. I don't think anyone's ever put us in their
will.

The next time you come this way, if you find yourself in either
Ypsilanti or Detroit (we're not all at EMU!), do come in to see
us. We'll buy you a drink and talk about Fiji and Cyprus and Battle
Creek.

Thanks for your donation--and for those you've sent in the past. It's
your support that makes Linguist possible, and keeps this love-hate
thing going!

Best regards,

Karen Milligan

ps--don't touch that will.
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Message 3: Spotlight Our New Staff

Date: 12 Mar 2003 04:51:39 -0000
From: linguist <linguistlinguistlist.org>
Subject: Spotlight Our New Staff

Dear Subscribers,

If you've been reading LINGUIST for more than a year or two, you have
probably noticed the proliferation of names on our home page--the
number of student crewmembers has increased from 14 to 21 since last
year! And you may be wondering why LINGUIST would need a crew so
large. As the number of services and features we provide increases, so
does the number of tasks necessary to maintain them. LINGUIST
crewmembers have always been multi-talented, but the growing mountain
of tasks eventually became too much even for a crew of 14 extremely
capable grad students.

The solution was to hire a new group of students. And what a group it
is! I don't know how Helen and Anthony do it, but they always seem to
attract the brightest and best. Our seven newest members are no
exception. In fact, as someone who has trained new editors for the
last four years, I'd say this new 'crop' tops them all! Not only did
they learn the ins and outs of editing and posting (in record time),
but it seems they can do everything else, too! Their knowledge of
computers is nothing less than amazing,--a real asset given the
increasingly technological nature of many of LINGUIST's new projects.
But on top of all that, they are just such great people--willing to do
whatever it takes to make LINGUIST run smoothly.

So, without further ado, we present...

Marisa Ferrara, EMU: A first-year linguistics grad student from
Sicily, Marisa is focusing on sociolinguistics and language
description. She also has a pilot's license and is currently learning
to juggle, play the banjo, and make great sushi (not an easy feat for
a pure-bred Sicilian)!

Naomi Fox, WSU: As a military spouse, Naomi lived in many places
before landing in Michigan in 2001. During that time she worked as a
library technician, computer assistant, and teacher of English as a
Foreign Language. Now, in addition to working on her Master's in
linguistics, Naomi also teaches art and computers in a small
elementary school.

Anita Huang, EMU: Originally from Tapei, Taiwan, Anita is a world
traveler, speaking Mandarin, Taiwanese, English, and German. She is
most interested in the areas of syntax and semantics. And...she is the
mother of our newest little linguist, Daniel!

Lakshmi Narayanan, EMU: Lakshmi read about Helen and Anthony and the
projects they had going in an article in the Ann Arbor News right
around the time she was quitting her full time job in the Information
Technology department of Washtenaw County Government. Although she
had no formal training in linguistics, her lifelong interest in the
field inspired her to get in touch with Helen and VOLUNTEER her
services! Yes, you read right; she works for free (which, I think,
says a lot about both Lakshmi and LINGUIST!) She took an intro course
in the fall, and with your support, she hopes to get the funding she
needs to enable her to continue her studies next year.

Sarah Murray, WSU: An undergraduate senior at Wayne State University
pursuing a double major in linguistics and philosophy, Sarah's primary
interests are logic, the philosophy of language, and formal
linguistics--specifically syntax and morphology. Upon graduation in
May, Sarah will begin work on her Master's at WSU. She is also a
photographer and excellent cook!

Prashant Nagaraja, EMU: Prashant is a programmer with a Computer
Science degree from India. He is currently pursuing his Master's
degree in Linguistics (yeah, we got him!), focussing on different
programming issues.

Sobha Siripurapu, EMU: Our newest crewmember, Sobha comes to us from
Vijayawada (which is in Southeastern India) with a graduate degree in
Electronics & Communication Engineering and a Master's degree in
Computer Science. In addition to her mother tongue, Telugu, Sobha also
speaks English and Hindi. Her interest in the English language has
inspired her to enroll in the Master's program in Linguistics at EMU
next fall.

You may get to know some of these crewmembers in the process of
submitting an announcement or asking for help with that forgotten
password. But whether you get to know them or not, you will see
evidence of their skill every time you use LINGUIST. Of course, the
reality is that these new crewmembers are linguistics grad students
whose education is being funded in part by LINGUIST. It's your
contributions that make that funding possible. Please show you support
and take a moment to contribute to our fund drive. You'll be glad you
did; so will our crew!

Thanks,

Karen Milligan
Editor in Chief
LINGUIST

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For detailed information on making a donation, please read the next
message in this issue, or visit:

http://linguistlist.org/donation.html

Once again, thank you from all the LINGUIST List crew.
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Message 4: How to Donate to LINGUIST and Contributors So Far

Date: Wed, 12 Mar 2003 00:00:40 +0000
From: linguist <linguistlinguistlist.org>
Subject: How to Donate to LINGUIST and Contributors So Far

This year we hope to raise $50,000 to support the students who work on
LINGUIST List and keep the list running. Thank you from all the crew
for your support.

The LINGUIST List is under the umbrella of Eastern Michigan University
and as such can receive donations through the EMU Foundation, which is
a registered 501(c) Non Profit organization. Our Federal Tax number
is 38-6005986. These donations can be offset against your federal and
sometimes your state tax return (U.S. tax payers only). For more
information visit the IRS Web-Site, or contact your financial advisor.

Many companies also offer a gift matching scheme, such that they will
match any gift you make to a non-profit organization. Normally this
entails your contacting your human resources department and sending us
a form that the EMU Foundation fills in and returns to your employer.
This is generally a simple administrative procedure that doubles the
value of your gift to LINGUIST, without costing you an extra
penny. Please take a moment to check if your company operates such a
scheme.

HOW TO DONATE

You can make a contribution by selecting one of three convenient
payment methods: secure credit card form, check, or wire transfer.
You can also PLEDGE your support to LINGUIST and pay later, i.e. send
in a check. Also, if you do not want to use a credit card, but wish to
pay in a currency other than US Dollars, you can donate via our
European bank account held in Switzerland. See below for details:

SECURE CREDIT CARD FORM: 
http://linguistlist.org/donate.html

CHECK: 
Please make checks payable to 'The LINGUIST List Editorial Support
Fund'. The address is:

The LINGUIST Editorial Support Fund
Department of English Language and Literature
612 Pray Harrold
Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti
MI, 48197
U.S.A. 

WIRE TRANSFER: 
For details on how to transfer funds by wire, please contact LINGUIST
at the address donatelinguistlist.org. Both an American and a
European bank account are available.

PLEDGE NOW, PAY LATER: 
If you would like to make a pledge of support, please go to: 

http://linguistlist.org/donate.html


ALREADY PLEDGED:
If you have already pledged to LINGUIST and would now like to pay by
credit card, please go to:

http://linguistlist.org/creditcard-general.html

and select 'PAY PREVIOUS PLEDGE' as the Type of Payment from the
dropdown list provided.

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LINGUIST Contributors

ANGELS ($1000 and over)

 Blackwell Linguist List Plus
 
	
MAINSTAYS ($100 to $1000)
		
 Adam Werle
 Andrea Schalley
 Arienne M. Dwyer
 Bernard Spolsky
 Bernd S. Mueller
 Billy Clark
 Brent de Chene
 Carolyn Hartnett
 Catherine Walter
 Donna Christian
 Elizabeth D. Liddy
 Elliott Moreton
 elly van gelderen
 Gerardo Augusto Lorenzino
 James J.Jenkins
 John Kingston
 Julie Auger
 Keren Rice
 Laura Wagner
 Linguistics Department - Cornell University
 Margaret Winters and Geoff Nathan
 Michael Silverstein
 Michael Swan
 Natasha Warner
 Pam and Allen Munro
 Paul Chapin
 Pauline Jacobson
 Robin Thelwall
 Rudolph Troike
 Shanley Allen
 Terry Langendoen
 Tokyo University of Foreign Studies - English Department
 University of Edinburgh- Department of Linguistics
 - Plus 2 anonymous donors

SUPPORTERS ($50 to $100)

 Akira Ishikawa
 Anthony Davis
 Ayako Yamagata
 Boyd Davis
 Carolyn Sobel
 Catherine Rudin
 Charles Gribble
 Charles Scott
 Christopher Johnson
 Claus D. Pusch
 Cory R C Sheedy
 Diane Brentari
 Diane Massam, Yves Roberge
 Doug Whalen
 Elizabeth Cowper
 Eugenia Casielles
 Giancarlo Buoiano
 Henrik Jorgensen
 Igor Z. Zagar
 James L. Fidelholtz, Rosa Graciela Montes
 Josep M. Fontana and Louise McNally
 Joseph F. Eska
 Kathleen M. Ward
 Katy Carlson
 Laura Callahan
 Laura J. Downing
 Maite Taboada
 Mary Bucholtz
 Matt Goldrick
 Meredith Doran
 Meyer, Wolfgang J.
 Northeastern University Linguistics Program
 Pius ten Hacken
 Ray Hudson
 Richard Hudson
 Sanford Steever
 Scott McGinnis
 Sharon M. Klein
 Stan Dubinsky
 Stefan Th. Gries
 Stefano Bertolo
 Susan Burt
 Susan Fischer
 Suzanne Pauline Aalberse
 Thor Sigurd Nilsen
 Tom Wasow
 Tomoko Yasutake
 Trudy Smoke
 Veronika Koller
 Zenzi M Griffin
 Zouhair Maalej
 - Plus 3 anonymous donors
	
DONORS (Up to $50)

 Adrienne Bruyn
 Aimee Johansen Alnet
 Alexander Brock
 Alexis Dimitriadis
 Amanda Seidl
 Anna-Maria De Cesare
 Anne Reboul
 Baden Hughes
 Barbara Need
 Bill Rockenbach
 Brook Danielle Lillehaugen
 Carlos Benavides
 Catherine Kawahata
 Claudia Bubel
 Cynthia Edmiston
 Dafna Graf
 Dave Schneider
 Deborah Chen Pichler
 Dirk No�l
 Domahs, Frank
 Dr. Melanie Malzahn
 e. van der linden
 Elena Bashir
 Eva Lavric
 Eva Monros
 Gary Holton
 George A. Senf
 Hortensia Cuerll
 Ivano Caponigro
 Jacques Lamarche
 James Lavine
 James M. McCarthy
 Jean-Marc Dewaele
 Jeff Good
 Jila Ghomeshi
 Joan C. Beal
 Job M. van Zuijlen
 John Halligan
 John Justeson
 John R. te Velde
 Jorge Porras
 Jose Camacho
 Kent Johnson
 Kristen N. Asplin
 Line Mikkelsen
 Lisa Davidson
 Louisa Chiang
 Luis Gonzalez
 Mary Grantham O'Brien
 Max W. Wheeler
 Mengistu Amberber
 Michael Horlick
 Michael Newman
 Michael Parrish Key
 Mikael Parkvall
 Nancy Hall
 Ora Matushansky
 Rene J. Valdes
 Sarah Harmon
 Simone Mueller
 Susan Fiksdal
 Susanne Bartke
 Suying Hsiao
 Suzette Haden Elgin
 
 Ute Smit
 Viktor Tron
 Vincent De Rooij
 Will Fitzgerald
 WIM VANDENBUSSCHE, VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL
 - Plus 17 anonymous donors

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MAJOR SUPPORTING PUBLISHERS
 
 Cambridge University Press
	http://www.cup.org 
 Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd
	http://www.continuumbooks.com 
 John Benjamins
	http://www.benjamins.com/
	http://www.benjamins.nl
 Kluwer Academic Publishers
	http://www.wkap.nl/
	http://www.kluweronline.com
 Lincom GmbH
	http://home.t-online.de/home/LINCOM.EUROPA/ 
 MIT Press
	http://mitpress.mit.edu/ 
 Oxford University Press
	http://www.oup-usa.org/ 
 Rodopi
	http://www.rodopi.nl/ 
 Routledge (Taylor and Francis)
	http://www.routledge.com/ 
 

OTHER SUPPORTING PUBLISHERS

 CSLI Publications
 http://csli-publications.stanford.edu/ 
 Cascadilla Press
 http://www.cascadilla.com/ 
 Evolution Publishing
 http://www.evolpub.com 
 Graduate Linguistic Students' Assoc., Umass
 http://server102.hypermart.net/glsa/index.htm 
 International Pragmatics Assoc.
 http://ipra-www.uia.ac.be/ipra/ 
 Linguistic Assoc. of Finland
 http://www.ling.helsinki.fi/sky/ 
 MIT Working Papers in Linguistics
 http://web.mit.edu/mitwpl/ 
 Multilingual Matters
 http://www.multilingual-matters.com/ 
 SIL International
 http://www.ethnologue.com/bookstore.asp 
 St. Jerome Publishing Ltd.
 http://www.stjerome.co.uk/ 
 Utrecht Institute of Linguistics
 http://www-uilots.let.uu.nl/

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Brigham Young University
Butler Hill Group
California State University, Dominguez Hills
City University of Hong Kong
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Idilia Inc.
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National Tsing Hua University
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology
Rhetorical Systems
Rutgers University
School of Oriental and African Studies
Seoul National University
StreamSage
The University of Texas at Arlington
UT-San Antonio
University of Alberta
University of Amsterdam
University of Antwerp
University of Helsinki
University of Kansas
University of Macau
University of Muenster, Germany
University of Ottawa
University of Rostock
University of South Florida
University of Tilburg
Universit� du Qu�bec � Montr�al
Uppsala University
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