LINGUIST List 15.977

Tue Mar 23 2004

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  1. linguist, The Foundation of LINGUIST List...
  2. linguist, How to Donate...
  3. linguist, Contributors So Far....

Message 1: The Foundation of LINGUIST List...

Date: 23 Mar 2004 07:59:54 -0000
From: linguist <>
Subject: The Foundation of LINGUIST List...

Dear Subscribers,

This year's Fund Drive coordinator, and the grad students who are
helping him, thought that "the founding of LINGUIST" might make a good
topic for a fund drive letter this year. I wouldn't have thought of
this as a topic since it all seems so recent to me that I imagine all
of you as having been involved in it with us from the start. But I
realize that many current LL subscribers weren't on email in 1990,
so--just in case you're interested-- here's how LINGUIST began.

LINGUIST began in 1990, when Anthony, my husband and co-moderator, was
lecturing at the University of Western Australia in Perth, and I was a
Fulbright Professor at the University of Troms� in northern Norway.
Both universities offered their professors free access to a new
facility called the Internet; and, as Anthony and I rapidly
discovered, academics in Troms� could send email messages to Australia
via the Internet and get a reply back in 4 minutes. (Indeed, we tested
this function so often that I sometimes found myself referring to our
commuter marriage as our "computer" marriage.)

Already, in 1990, it was clear that the Internet could allow academics
to participate in rapid interchange and cooperative work of a kind
that would not have been possible in the days of "snail-mail."
However, at that time, it was not easy to find other linguists' email
addresses, much less general discussions of topics related to
language. One of the first email lists for academics was the HUMANIST
list. So Anthony circulated a message on HUMANIST offering to set up a
linguistics list if he received indications of interest. The response
was mixed. Two people replied that linguists were such a diverse and
contentious lot that they probably wouldn't want to talk to one
another. Others told him that he didn't know what he was getting into:
that setting up a list was not a trivial job and he should probably
report that nobody was interested and back out while he could. 

But Norval Smith sent him his list of linguists' email addresses; and,
encouraged by the response from these linguists, Anthony convinced the
Department of Anthropology at the University of Western Australia to
provide one-year's support for the first email list ever set up in
Australia. I agreed to co-edit by telnetting to the Australian machine
from my home university in Texas. So, in December 1990, LINGUIST sent
out its first issue to our original 69 subscribers. Our goal was a
cozy group of perhaps 200 subscribers. We doubted that we would get
many more, since it wasn't yet clear that we were filling a need in
the field. In fact, I was worried that we wouldn't have enough
material to fill an issue, so I urged friends to post their
inflammatory opinions about Native American language classification,
just so we could start a discussion. But within six weeks,
subscriptions had risen to over 600, and I recall reporting to the
1991 LSA in awed tones, "We're up to 1200 subscribers and still
growing at the rate of 100 subscribers a month."

In that talk, only 13 years ago, I also felt I had to spend ten
minutes explaining what the Internet was. I had no inkling that the
Internet would soon become a major information resource for linguists
all over the world, or that LINGUIST would become the electronic hub
it is today.

As you probably know, the LINGUIST List has now grown to over 18,900
subscribers in 108 different countries; and we have added numerous
adjunct facilities like one-click search of 109 other linguistics-
oriented email lists, "Ask A Linguist," "Noticeboard," the OLAC search
engine for language resources on the Internet, classification of all
our resources by linguistic subfield and subject language, and much
more (read the other Fund Drive letters!) All of this now requires 20
student editors to maintain. And that is why, once again, we are
coming to you with a request to donate to Fund Drive 2004.


Helen Aristar-Dry
Prof. of Linguistics
Eastern Michigan University
Ypsilanti, MI 48103


We have already raised almost $10,000! Please help us reach our target of
$60,000. Even a small donation really does make a difference.

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

To donate now using our secure web form, visit:

For instructions on how to donate, or how to make a pledge now and pay
later, visit:

Thank you for your support.
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Message 2: How to Donate...

Date: 16 Mar 2004 08:56:08 -0000
From: linguist <>
Subject: How to Donate...

This Year the LINGUIST List hope to raise $60,000. This money will go
to help keep the List running, by supporting all of our Student Editors
for the coming year.

There are many ways to donate to LINGUIST! 

You can donate right now using our secure credit card form, at:

You can also pledge right now and pay later, at:

For all information on donating, including information on how to
donate by check, money order, or wire transfer, please visit:

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

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

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 program, 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 program.

Thank you very much for your support of LINGUIST!

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Message 3: Contributors So Far....

Date: 16 Mar 2004 08:56:08 -0000
From: linguist <>
Subject: Contributors So Far....

LINGUIST Contributors

Mainstays ($100 to $1000) 
	Adam Werle
	Arienne M. Dwyer
 	Bernadine W. Raiskums
	Bernard Spolsky
 	Bruce Fraser
	Carolyn G. Hartnett	
	Catherine Walter
 	Cathy Ball
	Donna Christian
 	Dr. MJ Hardman
	Elaine Francis and Alex Francis
 	elly van gelderen
	Ernest McCarus
 	Heather McCallum-Bayliss
	Heike Behrens
 	Holly E. Jacobson - UNT HSC
	James J. Jenkins
	Jeff Good
 	Jerry McMenamin
	John Kingston
 	John Lawler 
	Karen Milligan
	Kirk Hazen 
	Laura Callahan
	Laura Wagner 
	Margaret Winters and Geoff Nathan
	Martha Ratliff 
	Mary Bucholtz
	Michael Hess 
	Michael Silverstein
	Michael Swan 
	Minako O'Hagan
	Monica Macaulay and Joe Salmons 
	The Columbia School Linguistic Society CSLING.ORG
	World Wide Words 
	Zvjezdana Vrzic 
	- Plus 6 anonymous donors

Supporters ($50 to $100) 
	Akira Ishikawa
	Anja Wanner
 	Anke Luedeling
 	Anne Bezuidenhout
	Antonella Sorace
 	Baden Hughes
 	Barbara Herrarte
	Barbara Zurer Pearson
	Between Stress and Tone conference
 	Catherine Rudin
 	Centro Giacomi Piuccini - Italian language school
	Cheryl Zoll
 	Christine Gunlogson
	Christopher Johnson
 	Donna Lardiere
	Edward Garrett
 	Elena Tapia
 	Frauke Zeller
	Gerardo A Lorenzino
 	Hernan Emilio Perez
 	Ingo Plag
	J.D. Bobaljik
 	Jean Mulder
 	Jon Nissenbaum
	Josep M. Fontana and Louise McNally
	Joseph F. Eska
 	Katy Carlson
 	Larisa Zlatic
	Laurie Zaring
 	Maite Taboada
 	Mira Ariel
	Nancy Stenson
	Nikolaus Ritt
 	Pius ten Hacken
 	Pusch, Claus D.
	Revue Romane
	Rochelle Lieber
 	S.J. Hannahs
 	Sanford Steever
	School of East Asian Studies, University of Sheffield
 	School of Languages, North-West University (Potchefstroom
					Campus), South Africa
	Scott McGinnis
 	Shanley Allen
	Stefano Bertolo
 	Stuart Davis
 	Susanne Bartke
	Tania Ionin
	Tom Wasow
 	Veronika Koller 
	- Plus 4 anonymous donors

Donors (Up to $50) 
 	A.-M. Olsen
 	Adam Schembri
	Anders Ahlqvist
 	Aris Xanthos
 	Baauw, Sergio
	Barbara Kuehnert
 	Benedetta Bassetti
 	Bruno Estigarribia
	carol myers-scotton
 	Cynthia Edmiston
 	Diana C. Cook
	Dr Ricardo Bermudez-Otero
 	Dr. Jean-Marc Dewaele
 	Eric Russell-Webb
	Fay Wouk
 	Heather Lee Taylor
 	Hugo Quene
	Istvan Kecskes
 	James E. Lavine
 	James L. Fidelholtz, Rosa G. Montes
	Jennifer Smith
	John te Velde
 	Josep Alba
 	Kean Kaufmann
	Leslie Saxon
	Line Mikkelsen
 	Lori Levin
 	Luis Vicente
	Lutfi M Hussein
	Marek Koscielecki
 	Mary O'Brien
 	Miriam Meyerhoff
	Olena Drozd
 	Ora Matushansky
 	PD Dr. Elisabeth Burr
	Richard Waltereit
 	Rose Thomas
	Sarah Cummins
 	Stacy Krainz
	Suzanne Aalberse
 	Suzanne K. Hilgendorf - Wayne State University
 	Thomas Koller
	Uri Strauss
 	Ute Smit
	V. J. Fedson
 	Valerie Sultan
	Will Fitzgerald
 	Wim Vandenbussche
 	zaida a. cintron 
	- Plus 17 anonymous donors



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 Canadian Journal of Linguistics
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 MIT Working Papers in Linguistics
 Multilingual Matters
 Pacific Linguistics
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