LINGUIST List 19.817

Tue Mar 11 2008

What: Would Labov Ask you?

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Message 1: Ring Master of the Day
Date: 11-Mar-2008
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Dear Subscribers,

This is our third year featuring linguists that have influenced the LINGUIST crewmembers as the Linguists of the Day. This is a feature that was very popular inthe past few year and we are proud of being able to tell our readership about it.

This year we have seven outstanding and very interesting linguists telling us allhow they got involved in linguistics and what were the different paths that theytook to be where they are today. We are absolutely sure you will be captivated bytheir stories and you will enjoy them as much as we do.

The Ring Masters of the Day are featured at:< >. At differenttimes during our Fund Drive you will be able to read about who was William Labov'sfreshman advisor, where he did his first field research and what's the firstquestion he asks anyone he interviews. You will also be able to read about whatwas one of Barbara Partee's regrets when she was a child; who visited PeterTudgill's mother and had tea while reading his dissertation; which one of StevenPinker's theories turned out to be false; what Arnold Zwicky tells all theoreticallinguists that they need to know; and how Lenore Grenoble and KatarzynaDziubalska-Kolaczyk got to be linguists.

Read William Labov's story now at: and makesure you come back at a later time to read the rest of them. We are sure you willhave a nice time reading about these renowned and exceptional linguists.


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