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LINGUIST List 23.1002

Tue Feb 28 2012

Everyone wins when you donate to LINGUIST List.

Editor for this issue: Anna Belew <annalinguistlist.org>

Date: 28-Feb-2012
From: LINGUIST List <linguistlinguistlist.org>
Subject: You need LINGUIST; LINGUIST needs you!
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Dear LINGUIST List Subscriber,

I'm Anna Belew, and I'm still waiting to wake up from this beautiful dream
where I'm employed by LINGUIST List. When I moved to Michigan in 2010, I
anticipated doing one of the following things with my MA in linguistics:
a) operating a deep-fryer; b) picking recyclables out of dumpsters; or
c) shoeshines. Instead, here I am, doing exciting and relevant work which will
be of great use to linguists worldwide, like leading a research team for the
Endangered Languages Catalog (ELCat). I really can't believe my good fortune.

But this letter is not about my gratitude to LINGUIST List for plucking me from
the gutter. It's about what LINGUIST List means to you, and to the
discipline. I've only been here a short time, but I'm flabbergasted every day
by how much LINGUIST can do with so little funding-- not content to stop at
editing and mailing hundreds of messages per week from linguists around the
world, we also develop infrastructure which the linguistics community
desperately needs. I can't imagine trying to research linguistic
classifications without MultiTree, or having to manage language documentation
data without EMELD's best practices. It may have been possible to organize
conferences before the advent of EasyReg (coming soon!) and EasyAbs, but it
sure was harder. Trying to find or create language maps without LL-MAP?
Forget it. And can you believe there's something even more important than all
of those things? We support dozens of graduate students as they complete
higher degrees in linguistics, and provide the world with tech-savvy, refined,
highly-trained future linguists who have amazing practical experience in the

The projects, services, and infrastructure that LINGUIST provide are not only
necessary to the whole linguistics community, but achieved with astonishing
resourcefulness and very little money. Without your donations, none of what
we do is possible; we need the support of the discipline to continue
supporting the discipline. Please make a donation to ensure that LINGUIST can
serve you for years to come.

Donate here:

With gratitude,
Anna Belew

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