LINGUIST List 14.692

Tue Mar 11 2003

All: Food For Thought and LINGUIST Server Software

Editor for this issue: Richard John Harvey <>


  1. linguist, Food For Thought
  2. linguist, The Server Software on LINGUIST
  3. linguist, How to Donate to LINGUIST and Contributors So Far

Message 1: Food For Thought

Date: 11 Mar 2003 04:16:22 -0000
From: linguist <>
Subject: Food For Thought

In keeping with our theme of Food and Cooking this year, here's a
message from Margaret Winters, who sits on the LINGUIST List Board of

And remember, we need to reach $10,000 by Saturday 15th March to get a
$1,500 donation from John Benjamins.

Dear Colleagues,

Allow me to offer some food for thought: without the nourishment of
the LINGUIST List we would be a far hungrier community, thirsting for
communication and starving for contact. We would not be able as
easily and as thoroughly to satisfy our need for data, for references,
for all the fresh ingredients for a well-prepared paper, article, or
book. In gratitude we need to nourish the List, through our virtual
participation and through our very real cash. Consider yourself as
supporting a true feast for the intellect and for the spirit, and, for
your donation of $50, find feasts for the body as well in the LINGUIST
List Cookbook.

With best wishes and gratitude,
Margaret Winters

Margaret E. Winters
Associate Provost
Wayne State University


Please help us reach our target of $50,000. Even a small donation
really does make a difference. So far we have raised $8,150, 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 2: The Server Software on LINGUIST

Date: 11 Mar 2003 04:27:08 -0000
From: linguist <>
Subject: The Server Software on LINGUIST

Making all of our services possible: Our web-programming software

Dear Subscribers,

Since LINGUIST began its service to the community in 1990, both the
kinds of service and the number of subscribers has expanded
significantly. In the last 2 years, our website has successfully
transformed from an old static data format site into a new dynamic
data format site. Thanks to the modern database technology, we
installed an Oracle 8 relational database as the central piece of data
storage. It provides our site with the necessary mechanism to
guarantee the data's permanence, security and efficiency. Numerous
programming tasks can be finished before sending them to the Cold
fusion web application server. With dynamic data storage, we can
refresh our data almost instantly. For example, just after you click
the "confirm" button in our donation page, your name will be displayed
on our donor list page. The "Thank you" letter will be automatically
sent out by the system, and the fund-drive total will be refreshed--
all in a matter of seconds! Since our database is Unicode-compatible,
it can handle whatever language script linguists summit to us. At the
same time, all personal data can be encrypted before storing it in
order to maximally protect people's privacy. So you can imagine the
efficiency database technology will bring to us.

Working together with the Oracle database server is the Coldfusion web
application server. It works as a liaison between the web browser and
the database. The script running on the Coldfusion server controls the
data running logic(the data inflow and outflow). When it gets a
request signal from your home/office PC, it takes in all user input,
processes it (possibly retrieving data from database), and returns a
response page to user. Through this three-tier architecture, user
browser, Coldfusion web server and Oracle database server, we generate
the most efficient data you need from thousands of thousands of stored

In all, our web system has become more and more complicated as the
years goes on. This results in our enhanced capability to serve the
linguistic discipline. And everything we have achieved so far links to
your support year after year. Without subscribers' support, there
would be no improvements, and in short, no LINGUIST.


Zhenwei Chen


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 3: How to Donate to LINGUIST and Contributors So Far

Date: Mon, 10 Mar 2003 23:30:21 +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
 Bernd S. Mueller
 Billy Clark
 Brent de Chene
 Carolyn Hartnett
 Catherine Walter
 Donna Christian
 Elizabeth D. Liddy
 Elliott Moreton
 elly van gelderen
 Gerardo Augusto Lorenzino
 James J.Jenkins
 John Kingston
 Julie Auger
 Laura Wagner
 Linguistics Department - Cornell University
 Margaret Winters and Geoff Nathan
 Michael Silverstein
 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)

 Akira Ishikawa
 Anthony Davis
 Ayako Yamagata
 Boyd Davis
 Carolyn Sobel
 Catherine Rudin
 Charles Gribble
 Charles Scott
 Christopher Johnson
 Claus D. Pusch
 Cory R C Sheedy
 Diane Brentari
 Doug Whalen
 Elizabeth Cowper
 Eugenia Casielles
 Giancarlo Buoiano
 Henrik Jorgensen
 Igor Z. Zagar
 James L. Fidelholtz, Rosa Graciela Montes
 Josep M. Fontana and Louise McNally
 Joseph F. Eska
 Kathleen M. Ward
 Laura Callahan
 Laura J. Downing
 Matt Goldrick
 Meredith Doran
 Meyer, Wolfgang J.
 Northeastern University Linguistics Program
 Pius ten Hacken
 Ray Hudson
 Richard Hudson
 Scott McGinnis
 Sharon M. Klein
 Stan Dubinsky
 Stefan Th. Gries
 Stefano Bertolo
 Susan Burt
 Susan Fischer
 Suzanne Pauline Aalberse
 Thor Sigurd Nilsen
 Tom Wasow
 Trudy Smoke
 Veronika Koller
 Zenzi M Griffin
 Zouhair Maalej
 - Plus 3 anonymous donors
DONORS (Up to $50)

 Adrienne Bruyn
 Aimee Johansen Alnet
 Alexander Brock
 Amanda Seidl
 Anna-Maria De Cesare
 Baden Hughes
 Barbara Need
 Bill Rockenbach
 Brook Danielle Lillehaugen
 Carlos Benavides
 Catherine Kawahata
 Claudia Bubel
 Cynthia Edmiston
 Dafna Graf
 Dave Schneider
 Deborah Chen Pichler
 Dirk No�l
 Dr. Melanie Malzahn
 e. van der linden
 Elena Bashir
 Eva Lavric
 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
 Jorge Porras
 Jose Camacho
 Kent Johnson
 Kristen N. Asplin
 Line Mikkelsen
 Lisa Davidson
 Louisa Chiang
 Luis Gonzalez
 Mary Grantham O'Brien
 Max W. Wheeler
 Mengistu Amberber
 Michael Horlick
 Michael Newman
 Michael Parrish Key
 Mikael Parkvall
 Nancy Hall
 Ora Matushansky
 Rene J. Valdes
 Sarah Harmon
 Simone Mueller
 Susan Fiksdal
 Susanne Bartke
 Suzette Haden Elgin
 Ute Smit
 Viktor Tron
 Vincent De Rooij
 Will Fitzgerald
 - Plus 13 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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