All LINGUIST List issues are also posted on our social media pages and can be accessed using Amazon Echo / Alexa News Briefings.

LINGUIST List is a free resource. Everybody can freely subscribe to and unsubscribe from the lists. We follow the guidelines and requirements for mailing lists as specified for the USA, the European Union, and other countries and regions.

LINGUIST List is a mailing list that comes in two versions:


LINGUIST sends out an email every time one of our editors approves a posting that was submitted to LINGUIST List from its users. You may receive 10 or more issues a day. LINGUIST allows you to activate the Digest mode, a single email per day with all full text issues. It also allows you to subscribe to specific posting areas.


LINGLITE is a reduced version and readers only receive one issue a day. It lists the LINGUIST issues posted that day, providing the following:

  • the subject of each issue
  • the subject and author of each message
  • the URL where you can view the issue

Frequently Asked Questions

If you wish to either start or participate in a discussion, or if you wish to send an announcement to LINGUIST subscribers, please visit our submission form. Please check the posting policies before you post.
  • Go to either LINGUIST or LINGLITE above.
  • Look for the section marked "Subscribing to [LISTNAME]". The section asks for your email and name and to fill in a password associated with the account. The password is needed to change your account settings.
  • Go to either LINGUIST or LINGLITE.
  • Look for the section marked "LISTNAME subscribers" (usually found near the bottom of the page).
  • There should be a button marked "Unsubscribe or Edit Options." Enter your email address in the box beside this button and press the button.
  • You should be brought to a new page which has an "Unsubscribe" button. Press it to unsubscribe and follow the instructions given.
  • Afterwards you will be sent a confirmation mail and must follow the instructions given in that mail to complete the unsubscription.
  • If you do not receive this confirmation mail with instructions make sure that...
    • ... you typed your email address correctly
    • ... the address you tried to unsubscribe is, indeed, actually subscribed to that list.
    • ... the confirmation email did not ended up in your spam mail folder
  • If you do not remember the email address with which you subscribed to the list, you should look at the detailed email header of one of the mails that you received from the LINGUIST List server.
  • Go to either LINGUIST or LINGLITE.
  • Look for the section marked "LISTNAME subscribers" (usually found near the bottom of the page).
  • There should be a button marked "Unsubscribe or Edit Options." Press the button.
  • Login using your email and password.
  • If you do not remember your password, fill in your email address and click "Remind". If you are subscribed with this email address, you will receive a password in your email inbox immediately.
  • Digest Mode
    • On, subscribers receive one email a day containing the full text of every email that was sent out over LINGUIST.
    • Off, subscribers receive each email separately as they are sent out over LINGUIST.
  • Topic Filters
    • Every message LINGUIST sends out is tagged by its topic area (jobs, calls for papers, books, etc.).
    • If you prefer only to receive messages from certain areas, just select those areas under ‘Which topic categories would you like to subscribe to?‘.
More often than not, the email one thinks is subscribed to a mailing list isn’t. If your subscription has been active a long time, it’s possible that your subscription is actually under a different email address that forwards to your current address. This is especially problematic for academic email addresses where the domain is likely to change over the years (e.g. becoming
In order to identify the email address with which you are subscribed, you need to display the full email header of an email that you received from the mailing list.
First things first, make sure your emails are not going to your spam folder (especially if you use Yahoo!). If LINGUIST emails are being tagged as spam, be sure to remove them from your spam folder so your email client learns that they are not spam. If this doesn't solve the problem, try adding us to your contacts.

This seems to be an issue with some Yahoo domains, but in particular with services that make use of the Trend Micro spam filter on their mail servers. The list server is configured to automatically unsubscribe or stop mailing to accounts that bounce too many times the LINGUIST List emails (LINGUIST and LINGLITE, but also other lists that we host). This is crucial to avoid unnecessary internet data traffic and also unnecessary data transmission costs to closed accounts or non-responsive servers. New configurations of some Yahoo email servers seem to cause problems to many mailing lists, even ours. Our list server has been configured to fully comply with the Yahoo requirements and specifications. If you are unsubscribed automatically, you will receive an email about that. Either follow the instructions to subscribe again, or consider changing the email service provider to avoid future automatic unsubscriptions.

If your IT-service (some Universities are affected) is a customer of Trend Micro (your IT-team will know), they should urge them to remove the LINGUIST List listserv from their “Bad” list. Their filters list our list server as “Bad” (status Jan. and Feb. 2015), as you can see here. We tried many times to communicate with them to remove our server from this list, unfortunately without success, not even with a single response to our request. They are the only service that lists our server as spam or bad. IT-services that make use of their technology will bounce emails from LINGUIST or LINGLITE and the subscribers will be automatically removed from the subscription list after a certain number of bounces. If this happens to you, contact your IT-team at your institution and inform them about the situation. Activate your account again with the list (by following the instructions in the unsubscribe email notification, or by simply resubscribing again) and consider changing the email service provider, if you get unsubscribed again. We do not seem to have issues with any of the free or commercial providers in general (e.g. Gmail, Yahoo at, etc.).

If you have problems with the described processes or any additional question or issue, feel free to contact us.