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LINGUIST List 19.1017

Thu Mar 27 2008

Help: LINGUIST Editors Continue to Work in Linguistics

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        1.     linguist, Susan Smith's Account on Her Work at LINGUIST

Message 1: Susan Smith's Account on Her Work at LINGUIST
Date: 27-Mar-2008
From: linguist <linguistlinguistlist.org>
Subject: Susan Smith's Account on Her Work at LINGUIST
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Dear Linguists, 

This is my second year working at LINGUIST, and the last semester of my master's
degree in linguistics. I currently have two jobs - I'm the Listserv administrator,
so I help people with their subscriptions and set up and maintain the 130+ mailing
lists we host and archive. If you have a question about your subscription to LINGUIST
or LINGLITE, send me an email and I'll be happy to help you!

My second responsibility is as team leader for MultiTree, an NSF grant project.
MultiTree is a searchable online library of hypotheses about language relationships,
which displays the language family trees in a hyperbolic viewer. In the course of
working on this project, I've learned about organizing a project and a team of
colleagues, designing an interface, and database design. The other aspect of my
work is doing research, collecting hypotheses to add. The families I've been
working on are Niger-Congo and Afro-Asiatic, and I've learned a lot about their
classification as well as historical linguistics in general. I love working on
MultiTree because it constantly challenges me and I get to learn about historical
linguistics - my favorite subfield - at work! It's also rewarding to know that
I'm helping to create a tool that will be useful to the discipline.

My time here has enriched my education greatly, as I've learned a lot about linguistics,
as well as practical skills like programming and management. I'd like to thank
everyone who has donated in the past and who is donating this year to keep LINGUIST
running - I know I've benefited immensely from your generosity, and I hope you'll
benefit from the work we do for many years to come.

Help me and other grad students complete our studies in linguistics by donating:

Yours sincerely,

Susan Smith

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