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Author: Helen Aristar-Dry

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

FYI Body: We are now soliciting applications for LINGUIST List Research
Assistantships. LINGUIST List offers qualified graduate students
assistantships which support them through M.A. degrees at LINGUIST's
home universities while allowing them to become part of a resource
which is a mainstay in the field. LINGUIST RAs come into direct
contact with the linguistic community each day by editing announcements
for books, conferences, journals, and many other linguistics-related
topics. Another focus of LINGUIST List is web design, where RAs have
the opportunity to learn programs like ColdFusion, Adobe Photoshop, as
well as basic UNIX programming and database design. A third focus of
LINGUIST List RA work is the development of internet infrastructure for
the discipline, as well as language technology to support language documentation. Current development projects include:

-The newly redesigned Linguistic Society of America
(LSA) website (

-The E-MELD (Electronic Metastructure for Endangered Languages Data)
project which develops tools and standards for the digital archiviing
of documentation of endangered languages.

-The DATA project, conducted in partnership with the Alaska Native
Language Archive, which is designed to digitize a large body of
material on the Athabascan language Dena'ina.

-The LL-MAP project, conducted in partnership with the U. of
Stockholm, which involves the development of an interactive map interface showing the distribution of language resources and language speakers.

-The Multitree project, which will develop a digital library of all language relationships hypothesized by scholars.

More about RA activities can be found at:

In an effort to maintain the international character of the list, we
welcome applications from students outside the USA. The LINGUIST
assistantship holders must have a good command of written English and
be degree-seeking students at Eastern Michigan University or Wayne State
University. See below for more information on the assistantships available at each of these schools. At either institution, the LINGUIST fellow receives a full tuition waiver (for 18 graduate credit hours per year) plus a 9-month stipend of approximately $8500. At both institutions, international students should submit applications before the February 1, 2006. US Citizens may submit until March 1, 2006.

Eastern Michigan University:

Eastern Michigan U. offers a B.A. and M.A. in descriptive and
theoretical linguistics, as well as a post-M.A. Certificate in Language
Technology. The M.A. program has particular strengths in formal
syntax, documentary linguistics, and language technology. The M.A.
curriculum offers a solid foundation for further study in linguistics -
well over half of Eastern Michigan M.A. candidates go on to Ph.D.
programs in linguistics. EMU is situated in Ypsilanti, MI (about 5
miles from Ann Arbor) in a very active linguistics community.
For more information about the Eastern Michigan University graduate
program, contact:

Professor Daniel Seely
Graduate Advisor
Linguistics Program
Dept. of English Language and Literature
Eastern Michigan U
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Wayne State University:

The MA in Linguistics at Wayne State University is an interdisciplinary
degree which provides students with a solid grounding in descriptive
and theoretical linguistics. The linguistics faculty are housed in a
number of departments at Wayne: English, Romance Languages and
Linguistics, Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology, Psychology,
Anthropology, and Near Eastern and Asian Studies. Current strengths
are in the areas of discourse analysis, historical linguistics, language
processing, phonetics, Romance linguistics, and syntax. The diverse
city of Detroit affords students a rich laboratory for linguistic
research. For more information about the MA in Linguistics at Wayne State
University, contact student advisor:

Professor Martha Ratliff
Linguistics Program
5057 Woodward Ave.
Room 10303
Detroit, MI 48202

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