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LINGUIST List 20.1035

Tue Mar 24 2009

Things: I Have Learned Here Have Proved Invaluable

Editor for this issue: Maria Moreno-Rollins <marialinguistlist.org>

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        1.     linguist, Working With Intelligent Linguists Day-in and Day-out         2.     linguist, Cambridge Extra and Compass Update

Message 1: Working With Intelligent Linguists Day-in and Day-out
Date: 24-Mar-2009
From: linguist <linguistlinguistlist.org>
Subject: Working With Intelligent Linguists Day-in and Day-out
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Dear LINGUIST Subscribers,

My name is Fatemeh Abdollahi, and I am currently a second
year undergraduate student at Eastern Michigan University,
working on the LINGUIST List. This will be the second full
year that I have worked on Linguist List, and this has been
an experience I know I will never forget.

I started at LINGUIST List as their youngest hire ever, with
a brief but strong start-up in linguistics, I was eager for
the challenge of LINGUIST List, and I have never been
disappointed. The things that I have learned here have proved
invaluable to me, in every application of my life.

I currently work on several sections of the site, as we all
do (you'd be surprised how much work it is to keep LINGUIST
going). My main projects are the Publications team, posting
Table of Content submissions, the LL-map team, mapping
linguistic information, the Grants team, writing up grant
proposals to help fund our many project ideas, the Publicity
team, used to get you all up-to-date with our features, and
the Conference Organization team, organizing the plethora of
conferences we host and participate in every year at LINGUIST
List. All of these areas have taught me different skills,
among these are programming, research, mapping, and editing,
which keeps me abreast of recent developments in linguistics,
and provides me with many interesting research ideas at the
same time.

It always amazes me how many sections there are to our site,
and after two years of working here I am still constantly
surprised by the information we store. In what other discipline
is there a facility in which e-mails about job postings,
conferences, TOC's etc. are e-mailed to over 26,000 people
at once? In what disciplines are projects created that provide
free use to their subscribers, all for the sake of the
discipline itself? LINGUIST List provides an avenue for
tying together people and information from all areas of
Linguistics that has not been replicated in any other field
to date, and we need your help to keep this going!

Working with intelligent linguists day-in and day-out has
been an invaluable experience, and I would like to ask you
to please continue to make this possible. We're a nonprofit
organization, which has no way of continuing without your
generous contributions. If you use LINGUIST at all, please
seriously consider contributing this year. Without your
contributions LINGUIST could not continue to turn out the
amazing content that we do, year after year. We are willing
to work as hard as we can to ensure you continue to get this
great service, but it's not possible without your help.
Please continue to show that you appreciate us by donating
to the fund drive!


Thank you for all of your support,

Fatemeh Abdollahi

Message 2: Cambridge Extra and Compass Update
Date: 24-Mar-2009
From: linguist <linguistlinguistlist.org>
Subject: Cambridge Extra and Compass Update
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Dear Subscribers,

Thank you for joining us in another year of the LINGUIST List
fund-drive. Every contribution goes a long way in helping us
continue providing the services we do, year after year.

As you may have gathered from the other letters that
have gone out during this fund-drive season, we have many
teams here at the LINGUIST List, so that we can have small
groups of people devoting themselves to three or four tasks,
instead of all of us working on everything. I have been
fortunate to have been working on the publications team for
the past two years, and have seen some fantastic projects
come to life. The publications team is in charge of making
sure that current book, journal, and table of contents
information is broadcast to the users, as well as maintaining
a thorough database of these materials for the users perusal
at any time (if you're interested in hearing more about the
publications team please look for the publications letter
going out this fund-drive). In addition to these posting duties,
we have recently developed two exciting features.

In 2007 we had the pleasure of creating Cambridge Extra, a free
online resource for linguists worldwide. This resource features
exclusive articles, podcasts, competitions and offers, all in
the same place and all for free! With over 46,000 hits since
its creation, we count Cambridge extra as one of our most
successful developments! You can visit the Cambridge Extra site
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In addition to this exciting resource we have developed
Wiley-Blackwell Language & Linguistics Compass Discussion Forum!
This feature allows you to read the full text of selected articles
for free online. After reading, you can post a comment on the
article's discussion page, or read what others have said. This is
a wonderful opportunity to read newly published linguistics
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to all articles and their discussion pages at:


We update these resources as often as possible, and would love
to hear suggestions from you as to which articles you would be
interested in seeing featured, as well as looking forward to
reading any comments you post on Wiley-Blackwell's Compass
Discussion Forum! We are always looking for new resources that
can help foster interest and education in the Linguistics
community; after all, that's what we're here for!

Thank you in advance for your contributions this fund-drive season!

Fatemeh Abdollahi

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