From: linguist <linguistlinguistlist.org>
Subject: Letter from Barbara Partee, Advisor
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Dear Linguist List subscribers,
Since I spend half of every year in Russia, I've become acutely
aware of several things that I had been less conscious of when my
view was just from the U.S. Maybe some of them will be relevant
to some of you as we try to make this fund drive end!
(i) Linguist List is really international. In some ways it's even
more crucial for the international community than for the U.S. -
it really does help make it a small world, where everyone can find
out about every kind of resource and opportunity. When I first
arrived at Moscow State University in 1996, access to the internet
was quite limited (one had to stand in line with your diskette for
the one computer in the department that could send and receive
e-mail), but there was already a mirror site of Linguist List
installed and much used. If you're not in the U.S., this is to you!
(ii) Students and faculty in many countries have much less time
and money than they typically do in the U.S. One of my former
Russian students this year asked me, with some annoyance, why I
keep asking the relatively poor academics in Russia to send money
to the rich U.S. She hadn't realized how many of the graduate
students at Eastern Michigan University working for Linguist List
are international students themselves, and that their work and study
there is a great opportunity. And I also reply that no one is asked
to give more than they can, and donations can be anonymous (so we
never know that someone "didn't give"). We know that if everyone
who uses Linguist List would give just a dollar (which requires
some group cooperation, since the minimum credit card donation is
$5), we would raise far more than the Fund Drive target total!
(iii) Some countries (Russia is the example I know best) have no
tradition of "fund-raising" among ordinary non-wealthy people to
support a common good, as is common in the U.S. for public radio
and many other good causes. Things for the common good tend in
many countries to be either government-funded through taxation or
else supported by rich donors and corporate sponsors. If you're in
such a country, and you're a linguist, and you've ever benefited
from Linguist List in any way, I hope you'll follow the example
of my Russian colleagues who have in the past several years begun
to donate, in smaller or larger amounts, as they can afford. The
totals add up quickly enough!
Oh, I have to stop writing! One of my colleagues just phoned to
ask me to use my VISA card to send in a contribution from her,
so I should stop and send the money! (She had just seen the urgent
appeal I sent around this afternoon to the Moscow linguist's mailing
list - if you have access to a local list, use it to urge all your
colleagues to donate, quick!)
Best wishes to all from one of the Advisors,
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.
See below for donation instructions, and don't forget to check out Fund
Drive 2011 site!
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