Editor for this issue: Anna Belew
Date: 03-Apr-2012 From: LINGUIST List <linguistlinguistlist.org> Subject: The Issue You've Been Waiting For: We've Reached Our Goal! E-mail this message to a friend
Dear LINGUIST List Subscribers,
We did it. YOU did it. We've reached our goal! Overnight, while our valiant crew were bracing themselves for one final push, the LINGUIST List Advisors swooped in and donated the remaining amount to end Fund Drive!
It's been a long journey, full of epic heroism, head-to-head competition among the graduate schools and subfields, delightful limericks, and astounding support from LINGUIST readers worldwide. We truly believe this has been the most successful Fund Drive ever, and we can't thank you enough for making it happen. Thanks to your donations, LINGUIST can continue for another year to provide indispensable services and information-- at no cost to you or to the discipline.
We've got some very important announcements to wrap up Fund Drive 2012:
1. Graduate Tournament Winners!
The University of Washington is the winner of the First Annual Golden Pig Award! With a mind-boggling $4205 in donations, U. Washington will be receiving a plaque proclaiming their victory for all to see. Congratulations, University of Washington, and thank you for your support!
We'd also like to celebrate the winning schools for each region:
North-West University (Africa) University of Toronto (Americas without US) Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (Asia) University of Cambridge (Europe) Bar-Ilan University (Middle East) University of Melbourne (Pacific) University of South Carolina (US East)
Thanks to all of the schools worldwide who supported us! We salute you!
The School Spirit Award for highest number of donors also technically goes to University of Washington, with 50 donors. We commend Washington for their amazing achievement! We'd like to spread out the glory a little bit, though, and acknowledge another university that was close behind, with 34 donors and a heaping helping of competitive spirit: the University of South Carolina! USC will receive the School Spirit plaque, and our applause for their tenacity and generosity!
To view the rankings for each region, visit the Graduate Tournament page: http://linguistlist.org/fund-drive/2012/graduate-tournament.cfm
2. Battle of the Fields Winner!
This year's Subfield Challenge was a roller-coaster ride. Roger Shuy's sociolinguistics challenge during Week 3 of Fund Drive catapulted sociolinguistics to the top. Some time thereafter, Syntax regained their lead and maintained it for several weeks. Just when we thought Syntax would win, sociolinguistics pulled ahead in the final hours of Fund Drive, snatching victory with a $293 lead! Congratulations, sociolinguists-- you are the champions of the Battle of the Fields, with an amazing total of $9316 in donations! Bragging rights are hereby conferred for the duration of 2012.
We'd also like to applaud Computational Linguistics and Semantics, both of which broke the $5000 mark-- way to go!
To see the complete rankings, visit the Battle of the Fields: http://linguistlist.org/fund-drive/2012/battle-of-the-fields.cfm
3. Linguists of the Day!
We'd like to thank all of the linguists who contributed their tales to the Hall of Heroes; we certainly enjoyed reading them, as we're sure you did! Thanks to Francois Grosjean, Nikolaus Himmelmann, Emily Bender, Mamoru Saito, Jean Berko Gleason, Martin Haspelmath, and Angelika Kratzer! If you missed any of their stories, visit the Hall of Heroes:
We'd like to once more congratulate Brenda Boerger, Ultimate 2012 Limerick Contest Champion-- congratulations, Brenda! We'd also like to congratulate the other finalists, Elaine May Smith and Graham Shorrocks. Well done! And thanks to everyone who submitted limericks; you can see every work of poetic genius we received at the Limerick Museum:
We'd also like to congratulate Daniel Hall and Pam and Allen Munro, winners of the Bard's Ballad Challenge and stars of an epic song by LINGUIST Bard Justin Petro; you can read the ballad describing their heroism at the end of Chapter 3 of the LingQuest Saga:
Last but not least, we've still got some raffle winners to announce-- keep an eye out for the final round of lucky Prize of the Day recipients!
5. The LingQuest Saga Finale!
Never fear, dear readers; we won't let the LingQuest Saga end on a cliffhanger. We wouldn't dream of denying you closure in such a callous manner. The grand finale of the Saga will be published tomorrow, in which our heroes do their very best to save the world from the dark forces which plague Panglossia. If you haven't yet caught up on the Saga, all the chapters are available online:
We'd like to tell you in closing that while this Fund Drive (like all fund drives) has been challenging, tough, and at times exhausting, it's also been a lot of fun for us. We did our very best to put the "fun" in Fund Drive for our subscribers, and hope you enjoyed some of our humble amusements.
Most of all, we want to thank everyone who donated. Every dollar helped, and whether you contributed $5 or $500, we extend our heartfelt gratitude. LINGUIST List is dedicated to freely providing information and services to the linguistic community, and it's through your support that we're able to do it. Thank you, thank you, thank you for keeping this resource free to everyone worldwide.
With gratitude, appreciation, and certainly relief, The LINGUIST List Crew and 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.
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