LINGUIST List 14.780

Tue Mar 18 2003

All: Media on LINGUIST - Linguistics in the Media

Editor for this issue: Richard John Harvey <>


  1. linguist, LINGUIST in the Media - The Media on LINGUIST...
  2. linguist, Spotlight Steve Moran - A man on a mission...
  3. linguist, How to Donate to LINGUIST and Contributors So Far

Message 1: LINGUIST in the Media - The Media on LINGUIST...

Date: 18 Mar 2003 05:44:39 -0000
From: linguist <>
Subject: LINGUIST in the Media - The Media on LINGUIST...

Greetings Listers!

When I was asked to write to you about posting Media issues I was just
absolutely delighted! Ok not especially, but keeping the linguistic
community aware of language issues in today's global mass media is
becoming increasingly important. Now that there are so many of us
(17,000+ subscribers) representing so many cultures (106+ countries),
a network has emerged that allows for quick and easy dissemination of
linguistic issues in the world's various media.

In 2002 The Linguist List posted 51 Media issues. So far in 2003 we
have posted another 11 issues, indicating that we are on track to
surpass our first year's total. Media issues are broad in subject
matter. They vary from claims of scientists who have discovered the
first of many genes 'that gave humans speech'

to untranslated English being banned in Romania

to controversial commercials which lead to discussion and debate

to articles on Endangered Languages

Though Media topics vary widely, they do have one important thing in
common: All Media issues are submitted by individuals who kindly take
the time to share this information with us. They are the reason why
LINGUIST has adopted Media as an issue topic, and they are the reason
why it continues to be successful. We would like to thank the
following for their Media contributions:

Peter K. Austin, Toby Ayer, Steven Bird, Wayles Browne, E. Curtis,
Suzette Haden Elgin, Michael Erard, Paul Fallon, Annie Ferreira, Tessa
Goldberg, David Golumbia, Chester Graham, Lee Hartman, Dick Hudson,
Michael Johnstone, John Kingston, Mai Kuha, Mike Maxwell, Scott
McGinnis, Simon Musgrave, Stirling Newberry, Michael Pearce, Geoffrey
K. Pullum, Elizabeth J. Pyatt, Maartje Schreuder, Jess Tauber, Zoe
Toft, Dominic Watt, Doug Whalen, and Martin Wynne.

LINGUIST would especially like to thank Karen Steffen Chung for her
consistent Media postings. She has posted an astounding 24 out of 62
issues... nearly 40% of all Media issues!

Media issues are one of the many services offered by LINGUIST that are
completely dependent on your interest and support. Please help us to
continue to provide an integral part of our discipline's
infrastructure by donating in this year's fund drive. Your donations
change the lives of linguistic graduate students who work hard to
enhance the existing Linguist List website and its tools. They also
provide the staffing that is needed to continue to keep up our mailing
list, which of course affects us all.

Thank you again for your support.


Steve Moran


This year we need to raise $50,000 to keep LINGUIST alive. So far we
have raised $15,123.33 which is really good - but we still have a long
way to go. Please make a donation; every little helps.

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 the last massage in this issue or visit:

Thank you for keeping LINGUIST alive.
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Message 2: Spotlight Steve Moran - A man on a mission...

Date: 18 Mar 2003 05:54:43 -0000
From: linguist <>
Subject: Spotlight Steve Moran - A man on a mission...

The other day Michael Appleby (he scored a perfect 800 on the problem
solving portion of the GRE!) and I were throwing around some numbers

17,000+ 'Linguist Listers' (I had to steal that one from you DhW) 
12 postings per day on average 
5 posting days per week... 
204,000 emails sent out on an average day.

204,000 !!!!!!!!!

When I mentioned this astonishing number to one of my friends who is
not in Linguistics, but has some idea of what the LINGUIST List is due
to my ramblings, she simply replied, 'Well good thing you use email
instead of regular mail, because that would be a lot of money for all
those stamps'. That got me thinking...if we were to ask every one of
you to send us enough money to cover the postage of the emails you
receive for just **one day** (that would be $4.44), we would raise
$92,500 in **one day** ...and FUNd drive would be over. Life is never
that simple though, is it?

Explaining to you how LINGUIST has changed my life would take up the
next hour or so of your life, but I believe I can sum it up rather
quickly: if I knew then what I know now I probably would have sent
Helen 20 emails a day instead of just that one a day (for weeks on
end) that I sent her begging to be part of this enterprise. I know
that sounds dumb, but being interested in working with Endangered
Languages, and finding out that this University housed the LINGUIST
List and that they were developing the E-MELD project
(, well I was determined to find my place here; and I
have thanks to your support. Now I spend my time trying to give back
what I have gotten, and there are only a couple of things in life that
feel better.

Since a lot of people want to know what LINGUIST looks like - I assume
they mean where it is run, and not what the LINGUIST server actually
looks like - I thought I'd put it verbally, and then try again with
some hot graphics. There are 5 of us in a 15ft x 10ft (4.5m x 3m)
office, with 5 desks, 5 computers, and a printer in each of three
offices. But even though working conditions are cramped, (I can reach
my four office mates with out even turning my chair) we still make the
most of the situation - we always have a great time. Well except in
Winter when there is that thought that goes through everyone's mind
right after the first of us gets a cold. If one of us gets sick, we
are all doomed to get sick!

Here is my feeble attempt at some ASCII graphics, enjoy and decipher: 

- ----------------------------------------------------------------

 |-10ft-| or |-3M--| ____________________
___ _______ _______ ___ | KEY |
 | |C|* | |#|C|* | | | |--------------------|
 | | | *|C|#| | *|C| | | * = Student Editor |
15ft |C|* | |#|P| | | 4.5M | C = Computer |
 | | | | |#| | *|C| | | P = Printer |
 | |C|* *|C|#|C|* | | | | # = Wall |
_|_ |_|__ -|#|- _*|C| _|_ | / = Door |
 | |#| | |ft = feet |
- ---------|/ |#|/ |--------------- | M = Meters |
LL Offices A & B <--Hallway--> |____________________|
- ---------------------------------

- ----------------------------------------------------------------

So as I bring this message to an end, let me quickly mention the
commitment of your LINGUIST crew by telling you that there are
presently three of us here in the office preparing to send out today's
FUNd drive message/plea for support. It is presently 12:30 am or 0:30
depending on how you look at it. We're here working for you, won't you
help us to continue to work so hard by giving your support?

Steve Moran

To see and read more about Steven, please go to:


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: Tue, 18 Mar 2003 00:33:49 +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
 John Benjamins
MAINSTAYS ($100 to $1000)
 Adam Werle
 Akira Yamamoto
 Andrea Schalley
 Arienne M. Dwyer
 Barbara H. Partee
 Bernard Spolsky
 Bernd S. Mueller
 Billy Clark
 Brent de Chene
 Carolyn Hartnett
 Catherine Walter
 Dan Slobin
 Donna Christian
 Dr. MJ Hardman
 E. Wayles Browne
 Earl M Herrick
 Elizabeth D. Liddy
 Elliott Moreton
 elly van gelderen
 Ernest N. McCarus
 Gerardo Augusto Lorenzino
 James J.Jenkins
 jeanette gundel
 John Kingston
 Julie Auger
 Keren Rice
 Laura Wagner
 Linda Rashidi
 Linguistics Department - Cornell University
 Margaret Winters and Geoff Nathan
 Michael Silverstein
 Michael Swan
 Natasha Warner
 Pam and Allen Munro
 Paul Chapin
 Pauline Jacobson
 Rebecca Larche Moreton
 Robin Thelwall
 Rudolph Troike
 Sally McConnell-Ginet
 Sarah Ross
 Shanley Allen
 Terry Langendoen
 Theo Vennemann
 Tokyo University of Foreign Studies - English Department
 University of Edinburgh- Department of Linguistics
 - Plus 4 anonymous donors

SUPPORTERS ($50 to $100)

 Akira Ishikawa
 Anja Wanner
 Anthony Davis
 Ayako Yamagata
 Betty Phillips
 Bonnie D. Schwartz
 Boyd Davis
 Carol A. Klee
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 Charles Gribble
 Charles Scott
 Chauncey C. Chu
 Christopher Johnson
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 Cory R C Sheedy
 Diane Brentari
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 Doug Whalen
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 Jeff Siegel
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 Laura Callahan
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 Laurie Zaring
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 Mary Bucholtz
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 Meyer, Wolfgang J.
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 Northeastern University Linguistics Program
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 Richard Hudson
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 Tim Stowell
 Tom Wasow
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 Wannie Carstens (on behalf of School of Languages, Potchefstroom
 University, South Africa)
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 - Plus 7 anonymous donors
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 Adrienne Bruyn
 Aimee Johansen Alnet
 Alexander Brock
 Alexis Dimitriadis
 Alice S. Horning
 Amanda Seidl
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 Anne Reboul
 Baden Hughes
 Barbara Need
 Bill Rockenbach
 Brook Danielle Lillehaugen
 Caren Brinckmann
 Carlos Benavides
 Carol Myers Scotton
 Caroline Heycock
 Catherine Kawahata
 Claudia Bubel
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 Dafna Graf
 Dan Everett
 Dave Schneider
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 Dee Allen-Kirkhouse
 Dirk No�l
 Domahs, Frank
 Don Rubin
 Douglas Lightfoot
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 Eva Lavric
 Eva Monros
 Gary Holton
 George A. Senf
 Hortensia Cuerll
 Irene Barberia
 Irene Checa-Garc�a
 Istvan Kecskes
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 James M. McCarthy
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 Jean-Marc Dewaele
 Jeff Good
 Jila Ghomeshi
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 Job M. van Zuijlen
 Johanna Laakso
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 Kent Johnson
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 Michael L. Mazzola
 Michael Newman
 Michael Parrish Key
 Mikael Parkvall
 Mira Kawaletz
 Morris Salkoff
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 Rene J. Valdes
 Robin Shoaps
 Ron Artstein
 Sara Meilijson
 Sarah Harmon
 Simone Mueller
 Stefan Rijnhart
 Steven Donahue Miami-Dade Community College
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