LINGUIST List 14.676

Mon Mar 10 2003

All: The Importance of Books to LINGUIST

Editor for this issue: Richard John Harvey <>


  1. linguist, Thank You John Benjamins Publishing!
  2. linguist, Books - Another Vital Service on LINGUIST
  3. linguist, Spotlight Marisa Ferrara - LINGUIST List Books Editor
  4. linguist, How to Donate to LINGUIST and Contributors So Far

Message 1: Thank You John Benjamins Publishing!

Date: 9 Mar 2003 21:18:14 -0000
From: linguist <>
Subject: Thank You John Benjamins Publishing!

Dear Linguists,

Before we dive into the amazing world of Books on LINGUIST, we have a
quick announcement to make...

Those wonderful people at John Benjamins (thank you P.P. and all the
crew!) have generously offered to make a $1,500 donation to the pot,
but there's a catch! We have to raise $10,000 by next Saturday (15th
Mar). So far we have raised $6665. Help us topple the $10,000 figure
on time, as the extra money from Benjamins will be a major step in
reaching our target of $50,000.

For more info, visit:
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Message 2: Books - Another Vital Service on LINGUIST

Date: 9 Mar 2003 21:02:55 -0000
From: linguist <>
Subject: Books - Another Vital Service on LINGUIST

Dear Subscribers,

Well, it's been quite a busy year for the publications team,
particularly from the standpoint of us book editors. We posted nearly
700 book issues last year (683, to be exact), which was almost a 50%
increase from our total the year before. With these growing numbers,
it is obvious that LINGUIST is becoming an important mainstay in
spreading the word on new book publications; many new publishers are
deciding to support the cause and use LINGUIST for their book
announcements as well. We would like to thank each of them for all
that they do to support LINGUIST -- without their help, these
announcements could never get out to the community.

And, with all these new postings comes a large catalog of books in our
database. So we at LINGUIST decided to make things a little bit
easier for the linguists around the world, and have all archived book
information easily searchable via our Books Area in the Publications
Minisite. Through this user-friendly interface, you can search our
entire database for books by author, title or keyword, publisher,
linguistic subfield, language, or ISBN. The results of the search not
only include the title and abstract, but also publisher information
and ISBN, making it very easy to track down the book. The books area
is even a great place to browse for books by author or publisher, or
to just look through other book postings you may have missed. So,
what are you waiting for? Go check out the new Books interface at:

Although streamlining our publications area was not always the easiest
of tasks, we feel that through continued work and service to the
community, we will be making it easier and easier to find linguistic
publications in the future. This work was of course done entirely by
our graduate assistants, who not only supervise, edit, and create book
postings on a daily basis, but have also created the database
structure to archive this information. This would not be possible
without their diligence and focus. Moreover, the majority of these
students (actually, ALL of the students), could not even be here
if it weren't for support from the LINGUIST List community like you.
So please find it in your hearts to support our crew for all this hard
work they put in to make LINGUIST List run better for everyone.

Thanks from the LINGUIST List crew


Please help us reach our target of $50,000. Even a small donation
really does make a difference. So far we have raised $6,665, but we
need to get $10,000 by Sat 15th March!

To donate now using our secure web form, visit:

For instructions on how to donate, or how to make a pledge now and pay
later, see Message 3 in this issue or visit:

Thank you for your support.
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Message 3: Spotlight Marisa Ferrara - LINGUIST List Books Editor

Date: 9 Mar 2003 21:09:42 -0000
From: linguist <>
Subject: Spotlight Marisa Ferrara - LINGUIST List Books Editor

Dear Subscribers,

It's strange the way life always tries to keep you on your toes. I
remember that hardly a year ago, I grabbed my B.A. and said so long
forever to Ypsilanti and Eastern Michigan University, just knowing
that I would never return again. Oh, and I was stubborn about never
returning, to the point that I refused to even look into graduate
programs at EMU. No, I was going off to Europe for at least a year,
and if I did return, it would most definitely not be to Michigan.

And then, just as you have everything figured out, the world turns
upside down and you are suddenly begging to be let into a graduate
program at good old EMU. I don't know whether it was karma or luck
(or even if it was bad or good), but somehow I was accepted into the
linguistics program for Fall semester (after handing all of my
paperwork in a month late, as any self-respecting Sicilian would do).
I started the fall semester full of determination to win some poor
faculty member over for an assistantship (since paying for the degree
on my own would be next to impossible). Unfortunately, no one was
buying it (that English Department's a tough bunch). But then, just
as my resolve started to weaken, and I had begun putting applications
in at local restaurants, I heard about the LINGUIST List and its
endangered languages project, EMELD. I could hardly believe that a
program like this would be housed at Eastern, or that they actually
offered students assistantships. It seemed like a dream job, and I
just knew that it would be the perfect opportunity for me. I set up
an appointment with Helen thinking to myself that, if worse came to
worse, tears and begging just might get me in. Fortunately, though,
it never really had to come to that. They liked me; I liked them; and
I suddenly became a "LINGUIST". And I love it (as nerdy as that may

Through the LINGUIST List, I am able to be involved in projects and
research that most graduate students could only dream about. I feel
as though my work has a direct impact on someone somewhere in the
world; and in the process I am still able to grow as an individual and
explore new possibilities. From learning more about database design
and XML markup to sending linguists their lost passwords, I feel as
though I contribute and have the possibility to contribute to the
linguistics field more and more everyday. I truly feel that LINGUIST
List is one of the best opportunities any graduate student could have
(which is evidenced by the fact that the majority of our department
works here); and I am so grateful that I am one of the lucky few who
are able to learn what they love, love what they do, and not have to
spend the weekends waitressing to do it. Thank you so much for your
support -- it is appreciated more than you can ever know.

Marisa Ferrara
Research Assistant


For detailed information on making a donation, please read the next
message in this issue, or visit:

Once again, thank you from all the LINGUIST List crew.
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Message 4: How to Donate to LINGUIST and Contributors So Far

Date: Sun, 09 Mar 2003 16:23:00 +0000
From: linguist <>
Subject: How to Donate to LINGUIST and Contributors So Far

This year we hope to raise $50,000 to support the students who work on
LINGUIST List and keep the list running. Thank you from all the crew
for your support.

The LINGUIST List is under the umbrella of Eastern Michigan University
and as such can receive donations through the EMU Foundation, which is
a registered 501(c) Non Profit organization. Our Federal Tax number
is 38-6005986. These donations can be offset against your federal and
sometimes your state tax return (U.S. tax payers only). For more
information visit the IRS Web-Site, or contact your financial advisor.

Many companies also offer a gift matching scheme, such that they will
match any gift you make to a non-profit organization. Normally this
entails your contacting your human resources department and sending us
a form that the EMU Foundation fills in and returns to your employer.
This is generally a simple administrative procedure that doubles the
value of your gift to LINGUIST, without costing you an extra
penny. Please take a moment to check if your company operates such a


You can make a contribution by selecting one of three convenient
payment methods: secure credit card form, check, or wire transfer.
You can also PLEDGE your support to LINGUIST and pay later, i.e. send
in a check. Also, if you do not want to use a credit card, but wish to
pay in a currency other than US Dollars, you can donate via our
European bank account held in Switzerland. See below for details:


Please make checks payable to 'The LINGUIST List Editorial Support
Fund'. The address is:

The LINGUIST Editorial Support Fund
Department of English Language and Literature
612 Pray Harrold
Eastern Michigan University
MI, 48197

For details on how to transfer funds by wire, please contact LINGUIST
at the address Both an American and a
European bank account are available.

If you would like to make a pledge of support, please go to:

If you have already pledged to LINGUIST and would now like to pay by
credit card, please go to:

and select 'PAY PREVIOUS PLEDGE' as the Type of Payment from the 
dropdown list provided.


LINGUIST Contributors

ANGELS ($1000 and over)

 Blackwell Linguist List Plus
MAINSTAYS ($100 to $1000)
 Adam Werle
 Andrea Schalley
 Arienne M. Dwyer
 Bernard Spolsky
 Carolyn Hartnett
 Catherine Walter
 Donna Christian
 Elizabeth D. Liddy
 Elliott Moreton
 elly van gelderen
 James J.Jenkins
 John Kingston
 Julie Auger
 Laura Wagner
 Linguistics Department - Cornell University
 Margaret Winters and Geoff Nathan
 Natasha Warner
 Pam and Allen Munro
 Paul Chapin
 Pauline Jacobson
 Robin Thelwall
 Rudolph Troike
 Shanley Allen
 Terry Langendoen
 Tokyo University of Foreign Studies - English Department
 University of Edinburgh- Department of Linguistics
 - Plus 2 anonymous donors

SUPPORTERS ($50 to $100)

 Ayako Yamagata
 Boyd Davis
 Carolyn Sobel
 Catherine Rudin
 Charles Gribble
 Christopher Johnson
 Claus D. Pusch
 Cory R C Sheedy
 Diane Brentari
 Elizabeth Cowper
 Giancarlo Buoiano
 Henrik Jorgensen
 James L. Fidelholtz, Rosa Graciela Montes
 Josep M. Fontana and Louise McNally
 Joseph F. Eska
 Kathleen M. Ward
 Laura Callahan
 Laura J. Downing
 Meredith Doran
 Meyer, Wolfgang J.
 Northeastern University Linguistics Program
 Pius ten Hacken
 Richard Hudson
 Sharon M. Klein
 Stan Dubinsky
 Stefan Th. Gries
 Stefano Bertolo
 Susan Burt
 Susan Fischer
 Suzanne Pauline Aalberse
 Thor Sigurd Nilsen
 Trudy Smoke
 Veronika Koller
 Zenzi M Griffin
 Zouhair Maalej
 - Plus 2 anonymous donors
DONORS (Up to $50)

 Alexander Brock
 Amanda Seidl
 Baden Hughes
 Barbara Need
 Bill Rockenbach
 Brook Danielle Lillehaugen
 Carlos Benavides
 Catherine Kawahata
 Claudia Bubel
 Cynthia Edmiston
 Dafna Graf
 Dave Schneider
 Dirk No�l
 e. van der linden
 Eva Monros
 Gary Holton
 Hortensia Cuerll
 Ivano Caponigro
 James Lavine
 James M. McCarthy
 Jila Ghomeshi
 Joan C. Beal
 Job M. van Zuijlen
 John Halligan
 John Justeson
 John R. te Velde
 Jose Camacho
 Kent Johnson
 Line Mikkelsen
 Lisa Davidson
 Louisa Chiang
 Luis Gonzalez
 Mary Grantham O'Brien
 Max W. Wheeler
 Michael Horlick
 Michael Newman
 Michael Parrish Key
 Nancy Hall
 Ora Matushansky
 Rene J. Valdes
 Sarah Harmon
 Simone Mueller
 Susanne Bartke
 Suzette Haden Elgin
 Ute Smit
 Viktor Tron
 Will Fitzgerald
 - Plus 12 anonymous donors


 Cambridge University Press 
 Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd 
 John Benjamins
 Kluwer Academic Publishers
 MIT Press 
 Oxford University Press 
 Routledge (Taylor and Francis) 


 CSLI Publications 
 Cascadilla Press 
 Evolution Publishing 
 Graduate Linguistic Students' Assoc., Umass 
 International Pragmatics Assoc. 
 Linguistic Assoc. of Finland 
 MIT Working Papers in Linguistics 
 Multilingual Matters 
 SIL International 
 St. Jerome Publishing Ltd. 
 Utrecht Institute of Linguistics



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