LINGUIST List RSS
RSS, which stands for Really Simple Syndication, is an easy way to keep up with recent issues of LINGUIST List. These RSS feeds deliver the topic and title of each message in an issue to your desktop, with a link to the complete message on our website. To learn more about what RSS is and how it works, please read our FAQ below.
Subscribing to RSS feeds is easy: just click on 'Take me to the topic descriptions!' You will need to complete our simple registration process (why?), before you can read short descriptions of each LINGUIST List issue topic. When you find one (or many!) that you'd like to use, you can subscribe to as many RSS feeds as you'd like.
Register for RSS and see the topic descriptions.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is RSS?
RSS, which stands for Really Simple Syndication, is an easy way to keep up with recent issues of LINGUIST List. An RSS feed contains the topic and title of each message in an issue, with a link to the complete message body. You view these titles, which are like the "headlines" of an RSS feed of a news website, through an RSS reader (also called an RSS aggregator). If you see a title you'd like to read more about, just click on it and you will be taken to the entire message.
Why do I need to register for LINGUIST List RSS?
The LINGUIST List is a nonprofit organization, and as such we receive funding based on the number of people that use our site. Our RSS registration is designed simply to keep track of the number of people who are subscribing to our RSS feeds (so our donors can know just how many people their funding is helping). Registration is very easy, and you can rest assured that we will never give your personal information to anyone, ever.
What are RSS Readers?
RSS news readers are small software programs that aggregate RSS feeds and display the information about each LINGUIST List issue. They allow you to scan "headlines" from hundreds of websites in a central location.
Where Do I Get an RSS Reader?
A wide range of RSS readers can be easily downloaded from the Web. Some readers are Web-based, while others require you to download a small software program onto your desktop. Some are free to use, and others charge a small fee. A few free readers are listed here:
What if I am using Mozilla Firefox?
The Mozilla Firefox browser has a built-in news aggregator called Live Headlines. If you are using Firefox to view LINGUIST List's RSS feed, the procedure for adding channels is different from that of a free-standing aggregator. On our RSS Subscription page, click on the orange icon at the lower right corner of your browser window. From this pop-up list you can subscribe to any of the topics that interest you. You can read more about RSS in Firefox at the Mozilla website.
How Do I Use These Feeds?
The first step, as described above, is to choose an RSS reader. Each reader has a slightly different way of adding a new feed (also called a "channel"). In most cases, here's how it works:
- On our RSS Subscription page, click on the small XML button near the topic, or channel, you want (Most Recent, or Books, for example). You'll see a page displaying a URL for the topic's feed (if you click that URL, you'll see a page of raw XML code).
From your browser, copy the URL for the RSS feed. For example,
the URL you would copy would look something like this:
- Paste the URL into the 'Add New Channel' section of your aggregator. The RSS feed will start to display and regularly update the issue titles for you.
Where Can I Get Help with my RSS Reader software?
Please check your reader's website or contact the reader's customer service department if you need help using your software. While the LINGUIST List does not support or endorse individual readers, we encourage you to let us know if you are experiencing problems with our RSS feeds.