LINGUIST List 16.1102

Thu Apr 07 2005

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        1.     linguist, Publications Editor Megan Zdrojkowski on Life at LINGUIST
        2.     linguist, How to donate...
        3.     linguist, Thank you all!

Message 1: Publications Editor Megan Zdrojkowski on Life at LINGUIST

Date: 07-Apr-2005
From: linguist <>
Subject: Publications Editor Megan Zdrojkowski on Life at LINGUIST

Fund Drive 2005 is now on! Visit to donate now!
Dear LINGUIST List Subscribers,

I am one of the newer and younger members of the LINGUIST List crew. I just
graduated this past year from Michigan State University with a B.A. in English
and anthropology, and if it weren't for LINGUIST, I would probably be
waitressing in some smoky bar, trying to teach myself about Wh-movement and
language revitalization, all the while cursing the job market and wishing I
could afford the ridiculous cost of higher education in the United States.

However, as luck would have it, I was invited to join the LINGUIST crew, and I
am now in the second semester of my Master's program, looking forward to doing
fieldwork in Argentina this summer. Instead of serving greasy burgers and watery
beer while saving up for a future education, I am corresponding with some of the
top names in linguistics, posting the newest books in the discipline, and
learning more than I ever thought possible.

Before I started working at LINGUIST, I was just an average computer user. Now,
because of my work here at LINGUIST, I actually have some idea what people are
talking about when they mention XML, DTDs, encoding, ColdFusion, or database
structure. Although I'm still a novice, I'm learning more about computers and
programming each day as I do all the challenging and exciting (and sometimes
stressful!) work necessary to make a behemoth like LINGUIST run smoothly and

As a member of the Publications Team, I also work with publishers to ensure that
their books, journals, and TOCs are announced quickly and correctly. This means
more than just looking for misspelled words before sending out an announcement;
it means carefully hand-classifying each submission according to Linguistic
Subfield and Subject Language, checking the information in each field, and
maintaining dozens of pages of complex code (among numerous other tasks). This
semester, I've taken over as Publications Manager, and because my predecessors
were all so talented and hardworking, I have a lot to live up to. Luckily, I
have the support of my fellow crewmembers, who are all dedicated to making
LINGUIST the best it can be.

The best thing about being a part of LINGUIST is working with this diverse group
of amazingly intelligent and talented graduate students from all over the world
who also happen to be warm, friendly, and full of fun. Along with the rest of
the crew, I really love working at LINGUIST. I'm constantly amazed at what a
dedicated team of graduate students can do while operating on a shoestring
budget. Work here at LINGUIST is tough, but it's incredibly fulfilling and
worthwhile. And if it weren't for donations from subscribers like you, we
wouldn't have this amazing opportunity!

In closing, I would like to send a warm thank you to all of those who have
already donated. For those of you who haven't yet donated, please consider doing
so--your generosity will keep LINGUIST running and will also help fund the
education of future linguists such as myself.

Thanks again for all your support!

-Megan Zdrojkowski

Message 2: How to donate...

Date: 07-Apr-2005
From: linguist <>
Subject: How to donate...

This Year the LINGUIST List hope to raise $48,867. This money will go to help
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Message 3: Thank you all!

Date: 07-Apr-2005
From: linguist <>
Subject: Thank you all!

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