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Title: Fund Drive
Submitter: Oktay Ahmed
Description: Dear Editors,

Regarding fund drive, I would like to make this comment:

I teach Turkish linguistics at the state-run University of ''St. Cyril and
Methodius'', Faculty of Philology, Department of Turkish Language
and Literature - Skopje, Macedonia.

I would like to be on this list more than anything else on the internet.
You are doing extremely good and noble job. Thank you for that. For
us, who are coming from poor countries, this list is invaluable. My
university has no money, I repeat, absolutely no money for these type
of activities and accesses. So, if you start to collect fee, I'll be off list.
Also, I am not able to pay from my personal monthly salary, as it's too
low. I would like to pay, but I am not able to do it.

With this message, I just wanted to ask you to keep this list free, as
there is no other way we could get all of these information from other

Good luck with fund drive.

Dr. Oktay AHMED
Date Posted: 04-Apr-2005
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
LL Issue: 16.1019
Posted: 04-Apr-2005

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