RSS, which stands for Really Simple Syndication, is an easy way to keep up with recent issues of LINGUIST List. These RSS feeds deliver the topic and title of each message in an issue to your desktop, with a link to the complete message on our website. To learn more about what RSS is and how it works, please read our FAQ below.

Below is a list of the various LINGUIST List issue topics with a short description of each. To subscribe, simply click the topic and follow the instructions from there.

Topic Descriptions

  • Most Recent Issues
    The fifty most recent issues of LINGUIST List on all subjects.
  • Issues Addressed to All Subscribers
    With the exception of obituaries, the All topic is reserved for messages from LINGUIST to its subscribers.
  • Book Announcements
    Publishers' announcements of new books of interest to linguists.
  • Calls for Papers
    Announcements from organizers of conferences, workshops, or journals asking for submissions of papers or abstracts. These include the relevant information about the conference or workshop, submission guidelines, deadline for submisions, and, if possible, an address or URL for more information.
  • Conference Announcements
    A conference posting may include all the information about a conference, including location, schedule, papers being presented, keynote speakers, URL of the conference, and even a registration form which could be printed out by a LINGUIST subscriber.
  • Discussions on Various Topics
    Readers may submit a question, hypothesis, or issue for debate and discussion by fellow linguists. These must be linguistically relevant and professional in tone, as well as free from political content, personal attacks, or heated rhetoric. Discussions may be ended at the discretion of the moderators; a "last call" notice is always given.
  • Dissertation Abstracts
    We post dissertation abstracts where the abstract is confined to no more than 4000 characters. This is the equivalent of about 500 words.
  • For Your Information
    FYIs inform the list of new information or resources. Some examples are: a notice of available research grants, a new university linguistics program, a new web site, new resources available (i.e., corpora, references), or new experiments. Calls for Papers for books and working papers series are also posted as FYIs.
  • Internship Announcements
    Internship postings are from institutions and organizations who are seeking a linguist as an intern.
  • Job Announcements
    Jobs postings are from institutions and organizations who are seeking a linguist for a specific job. Due to the large amount of mail which we receive, LINGUIST does not deal with job-seeking postings.
  • Topics in the Media
    These are announcements of linguistics in the news. Examples: an upcoming guest appearance of a linguist on a TV or radio program; an article in a magazine or newspaper, or a film that deals with some linguistic issue.
  • Queries
    This topic is reserved for questions submitted by professional linguists (as opposed to the general public), usually designed to gather information which would aid the sender in his/her research.
  • Book Reviews
    These are reviews written by LINGUIST readers, about books that have been announced on LINGUIST. Reviewers are chosen by the Review Editors.
  • Software Announcements
    These are announcements of new software of interest to linguists.
  • Summaries of Query Responses
    After an appropriate amount of time, the sender of a Query submits a summary of the responses received from the list. This is an overview of responses rather than merely a collection of messages reprinted verbatim.
  • Support for Students
    This topic is for announcements of any opportunity for students which is aimed at supporting their efforts to gain a degree, including graduate assistantships. Post-docs are not included in this topic.
  • Journal Tables of Contents
    Publishers' announcements of journals and their tables of contents.

Frequently Asked Questions

RSS, which stands for Really Simple Syndication, is an easy way to keep up with recent issues of LINGUIST List. An RSS feed contains the topic and title of each message in an issue, with a link to the complete message body. You view these titles, which are like the "headlines" of an RSS feed of a news website, through an RSS reader (also called an RSS aggregator). If you see a title you'd like to read more about, just click on it and you will be taken to the entire message.
RSS news readers are small software programs that aggregate RSS feeds and display the information about each LINGUIST List issue. They allow you to scan "headlines" from hundreds of websites in a central location.
A wide range of RSS readers can be easily downloaded from the Web. Some readers are Web-based, while others require you to download a small software program onto your desktop. Some are free to use, and others charge a small fee. A few free readers are listed here:
  • Awasu: Windows; free for personal use
  • Amphetadesk: Windows, Mac, Linux (open source); freeware
  • Bloglines: Web-based news aggregator; freeware
  • Feedreader: Windows (open source); freeware
  • NewsFire: Mac OS X; freeware
Alternately, you can use the built-in aggregators which come with the Mozilla Firefox and Opera browsers.
The Mozilla Firefox browser has a built-in news aggregator called Live Headlines. If you are using Firefox to view LINGUIST List's RSS feed, the procedure for adding channels is different from that of a free-standing aggregator. On our RSS Subscription page, click on the orange icon at the lower right corner of your browser window. From this pop-up list you can subscribe to any of the topics that interest you. You can read more about RSS in Firefox at the Mozilla website.
The first step, as described above, is to choose an RSS reader. Each reader has a slightly different way of adding a new feed (also called a "channel"). In most cases, here's how it works:
  • On our RSS Subscription page, click on the small XML button near the topic, or channel, you want (Most Recent, or Books, for example). You'll see a page displaying a URL for the topic's feed (if you click that URL, you'll see a page of raw XML code).
  • From your browser, copy the URL for the RSS feed. For example, the URL you would copy would look something like this:
  • Paste the URL into the 'Add New Channel' section of your aggregator. The RSS feed will start to display and regularly update the issue titles for you.
Please check your reader's website or contact the reader's customer service department if you need help using your software. While the LINGUIST List does not support or endorse individual readers, we encourage you to let us know if you are experiencing problems with our RSS feeds.