From: linguist <linguistlinguistlist.org>
Subject: Ask-A-Ling Benefits to Users
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I've been an Ask-a-Linguist panelist for quite a few years.
The panel answers questions from laypersons about language
and linguistics so the rest of you don't have to; it provides
an important service, and puts a friendly face on linguistics
and linguists. At first, serving on the panel was a little
tedious, because the same kinds of questions would turn up over
and over (I want to raise a bilingual or trilingual child;
please help me with my linguistics 101 homework; is my child
developing normally?; I have this wonderful new theory I want
to run by you even though I haven't read any linguistics; is it
normal to dream in 3 languages?; what are the best universities
to study linguistics?; how do I help my students learn correct
English? Is sign language a language?).
Thanks to the Linguist List crew, we now have archives and FAQs
that have made answers to these questions more readily available,
as well as clearly stated policies about what we will and will
not do. The crew has thereby made everyone's lives much easier
while forwarding the linguistic enterprise. Hats off to them,
so please put money in the hat.
As a new intern at LINGUIST List, one of my first tasks was
to review "Ask-a-Linguist" questions and edit them for review
by our panel of notable linguists. Each morning I would look
at the questions that had been submitted, which included
everything from "How can I get my child to learn three
languages?" to "What college courses should I take if I am
interested in pursuing Historical Linguistics?" to "How did
the 'Southern Drawl' originate?" Not only did I get to learn a
little about each of the panelists, I saw how this LINGUIST
feature was bridging the gap between users of the site and
linguists. After each question was posted, I checked back to
see the answers that our panelists generously took the time to
contribute, and I was often fascinated by the breadth and depth
of their responses.
I think that Ask-A-Linguist is one of the best features of
The LINGUIST List because it allows linguists and academics
to directly respond to everyday questions and curiosities with
their knowledge and experience, but in a direct and relatable
way. Please help support Ask-a-Linguist and the other many
resources offered by The LINGUIST List by donating to the 2011
LINGUIST Crew Member
This Year the LINGUIST List hopes to raise $67,000. This money will go to help
keep the List running by supporting all of our Student Editors for the coming year.
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