LINGUIST List 32.3361

Tue Oct 26 2021

Staff Letter: Nils

Editor for this issue: Joshua Sims <>

Date: 26-Oct-2021
From: LINGUIST List <>
Subject: Staff Letter: Nils
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Hello all,

My name is Nils. My main role here at the LINGUIST List is to work on the new website ( This has been a long but worthwhile project, and it has given us an opportunity to upgrade our whole process along with the visuals. This, by extension, allows us to serve you, our readers even better. I also help maintain our various servers and other projects, such as geoling and multitree.

Besides working at the LINGUIST List, I am a PhD student at Indiana University, our host institution. My primary interest, in a very broad sense, is computational methods for low-resource languages and language documentation. Most of the work I've done in that sense is with speech recognition specifically, and I'm currently working on branching out into Computer Aided Language Learning as well. I’ve still got a lot of work before I get to dissertating, but it wouldn’t be possible at all without my job at the LINGUIST List.

In terms of my life outside academia, my primary hobbies are rock climbing, fencing, and video games, though current circumstances have forced me to narrow that down to pretty much just video games, unfortunately. They do a good job of keeping me sane while I work on projects and classes. I’ve also been playing violin for 20 years, and I’m fluent in German thanks to attending an immersion elementary school. When I'm visiting my parents, I also enjoy driving and working on our 1924 Ford Model T, which I sadly cannot bring to school with me.

As I mentioned, all of us here at LL are graduate students in Linguistics at Indiana University. By working here, we get our tuition paid, allowing us to contribute to the community directly while learning to contribute to the field academically. We are committed to keeping LL free to our readers, especially since a not insignificant portion of our readers are (we’re pretty sure) students or recent graduates seeking jobs.

So when you support the LINGUIST List, you’re not just supporting a valuable resource for the Linguistics community, but several linguists in training. We’re still a long ways away from our funddrive goal for this year. To those of you who have already donated, we cannot thank you enough. We’ve survived for nearly 30 years thanks to the support of our large community. With your support, we can finish building the new, modern website and continue bringing you the valuable information and news of what’s new in the world of Linguistics.

Thank you again for all of your support, everyone here at LINGUIST List is forever grateful to all of you. If you would like to help us to continue providing resources to the linguistic community please visit our fund drive page and donate (

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