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LINGUIST List 18.977

Sat Mar 31 2007

Urgent: In the News & On the Air

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        1.     linguist, Dan Parker & 100 Words for Snow
        2.     linguist, FYI & Media: Getting the Word Out

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Message 1: Dan Parker & 100 Words for Snow
Date: 31-Mar-2007
From: linguist <linguistlinguistlist.org>
Subject: Dan Parker & 100 Words for Snow

Dear LINGUIST Subscribers, 

It wasn't too long ago that I found myself spellbound by the notion that
Eskimos could have 100 words for snow! Fortunately, I had a few good
professors at The University of Toledo, where I received my B.A. in English and
linguistics, who kindly pointed out to me that the Eskimos really don't have
100 words for snow and that the whole thing was a hoax. Crushed, I persevered.
After ridding myself of the many similar misconceptions that plague those just
entering the study of linguistics, I decided that I really would like to go to
graduate school to pursue this field further.

Luckily those professors who kindly disillusioned me of so many
language-related myths also pointed me to Eastern Michigan University and The
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graduate assistant for LINGUIST, I have learned more about linguistics and the
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Thank you for your support,

Daniel Parker

Message 2: FYI & Media: Getting the Word Out
Date: 31-Mar-2007
From: linguist <linguistlinguistlist.org>
Subject: FYI & Media: Getting the Word Out

Dear Subscribers, 

The FYI and Media sections on The LINGUIST List web site are two of our more
unusual sections. For those who are not familiar with the term, FYI is an
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and funding sources.

Our Media section is the place where subscribers like you can post issues
having to do with linguistics-related issues or events reported in the media.
Issues that often get posted here include online chats or radio and television
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