Linguist List fund drive
- Dear colleagues,
The Linguist List fund drive has started again -- and once again
everyone around the world who has ever used Linguist List is invited to
make a donation to help Linguist List survive.
I'm on the Advisory Board of Linguist List, and every year they ask us
advisors to write letters to help with the fund-raising. This year I wrote
a letter based on my experience in encouraging Russian linguists and
linguistics students to donate to Linguist List, and they have just
published it in Linguist List as the first advisors' letter of the fund
drive. I'm copying it below, together with details provided by Linguist
List about using the fund drive website. And as always, if you don't have a
credit card or a friend with a credit card, I'll be happy to help -- I can
use my credit card if you would like to give me cash. (And if you'd like to
be anonymous, even from me, you can get some friend to give me your cash in
an envelope marked "anonymous donation for Linguist List".) Whether
anonymous or not, be sure to participate in the "graduate school
tournament" (a friendly competition to see which institutions - and which
countries! - donate the most) and the "battle of the fields" (a friendly
competition to see which fields of linguistics give the most). How to do
that is all clear on the donations page. (Last year, I believe Russia came
in second among European countries in the total amount of donations! Many
small donations can really add up! And a big one from ABBYY helped, too!)
So here is the letter I composed for the Linguist List fund drive, followed
by their own details about how to donate. I hope to see lots of donations
start coming in from Russian colleagues soon now!
Happy Spring to everyone!
*From:* LINGUIST List <linguistlinguistlist.org>
*Subject:* LINGUIST List - An International Community
Dear LINGUIST List Subscribers,
Since I spend half of every year in Russia, I've realized some things that
I hadn't been conscious of when my view was just from the U.S. Maybe some
of them will be relevant to some of you, as international subscribers or as
Americans spending time abroad.
(i) Linguist List is really international. In some ways it's even more
crucial for the international community than for the U.S. - it really does
help make it a small world, where everyone can find out about every kind of
resource and opportunity. When I first arrived at Moscow State University
in 1996, access to the internet was very limited (you stood in line with
your diskette for the one computer in the department that could send and
receive e-mail), but there was already a mirror site of Linguist List
installed. If you're not in the U.S., this is to you!
(ii) Students and faculty in many countries have much less time and money
than they typically do in the U.S. One of my former Russian students, now
in the U.S., asked me last year, with some annoyance, why I keep asking the
relatively poor academics in Russia to send money to the rich U.S. At first
I was just hurt and surprised by the question! But she hadn't realized how
many of the graduate students at Eastern Michigan University working for
Linguist List are international students themselves, and that their work
and study there is a great opportunity, made possible by donations to
Also, since I offer to use my credit card to send donations from Russian
colleagues and students to Linguist List if they don't have their own, she
supposed that I was keeping track of who did and didn't donate - which
would indeed be immoral pressure. But donations can be anonymous, so I have
no knowledge of "who didn't give", and no one is asked to give more than
they can. We know that if everyone who uses Linguist List would give just a
dollar (which requires some group cooperation, since the minimum credit
card donation is $5), we would raise far more than the Fund Drive target
(iii) Some countries (Russia is the example I know best) have no tradition
of "fund-raising among ordinary non-wealthy people to support a common
good, as is common in the U.S. for public radio and many other good causes.
Things for the common good are in many countries either government-funded
through taxation or else supported by rich donors and corporate sponsors.
Linguist List, like many good causes in the US, really depends very heavily
on individual supporters like you and me! If you're in a country that
hasn't had such fund-raising traditions, and you're a linguist, and you've
ever benefited from Linguist List in any way, I hope you'll follow the
example of my Russian colleagues who have in the past years been donating
in increasing numbers, in smaller or larger amounts, as they can afford. (I
help by sending encouraging letters on the local linguistics mailing list.)
The totals add up quickly enough!
Best wishes to all from one of the Advisors,
This Year the LINGUIST List hopes to raise $67,000. This money will go to
help keep the List running by supporting all of our Student Editors for the
See below for donation instructions, and don't forget to check out Fund
Drive 2012 site!
There are many ways to donate to LINGUIST!
You can donate right now using our secure credit card form at
Alternatively you can also pledge right now and pay later. To do so, go to:
For all information on donating and pledging, including information on how
to donate by check, money order, or wire transfer, please visit:
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.
Thank you very much for your support of LINGUIST!
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Barbara H. Partee
50 Hobart Ln, Amherst, MA 01002
+1 (413) 549-4501
Tallinskaya 2, apt. 258, Moscow 123458, Russia
+7 (495) 757-0108
Dept. of Linguistics, Univ. of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003-9274
phone (413) 545-0889, fax (413) 545-2792
E-mail (no matter where): partee@...
Home page: http://people.umass.edu/partee/
Sept 2011 - mid-Feb 2012: Amherst. Mid-Feb - August 2012: Moscow.
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