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LINGUIST List 23.1310

Wed Mar 14 2012

Sociolinguistics Challenge: A Smashing Success

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

Date: 14-Mar-2012
From: LINGUIST List <linguistlinguistlist.org>
Subject: Sociolinguistics Blasts Its Way to the Top
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Dear LINGUIST List Subscribers,

Our jaws are on the floor. We can't believe our eyes. Never in our wildest dreams
did we imagine such a response to Roger Shuy's sociolinguistics challenge. The aims
were lofty: if sociolinguists donated $1000 between noon on Monday and noon on
Wednesday, Roger Shuy would donate $500 out of his own pocket to support his subfield.

We believed sociolinguists could come up with a thousand bucks; we believed they could
pull ahead of syntax. But we underestimated the astounding fervor with which they
would apply themselves to this challenge.

Over the course of 48 hours, sociolinguists donated over $2700. TWENTY-SEVEN HUNDRED
DOLLARS. Our socks have been knocked off. Have a look:


Obviously, this puts sociolinguistics in the lead of the Battle of the Fields, a full
thousand dollars ahead of syntax. But as we've seen in the past couple of days,
there's no limit to what a subfield can accomplish in 48 hours-- will syntax mount a
counter-challenge and reclaim their spot at the top? We can't wait to see what
happens next!

Donate now to support YOUR subfield:


Breathlessly yours,
The LINGUIST List Crew

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