phonoloblog is dead; long live Phonolist!

Anyone still reading posts to this blog (anyone? Bueller?) is likely to have received the email message copied below the fold, announcing the inauguration of Phonolist (“a new blog and weekly e-mail newsletter that hosts announcements and discussion for the phonological community”). If you didn’t, check your spam folder, or just follow the links in the message to read/subscribe to the blog/mailing list.

Phonolist is hosted at UMass by Gaja Jarosz and Joe Pater. Though they state in the message that the “scope of this blog / newsletter overlaps in some ways with existing useful lists and blogs such as […] phonoloblog”, the truth is (as you all know) that phonoloblog has failed to be useful for quite some time. Gaja and Joe are much more organized about Phonolist than I ever was with phonoloblog, so I hereby announce the death of phonoloblog and throw my support behind Phonolist.

Dear colleagues,
You are receiving this e-mail because you are now subscribed to the Phonolist mailing list. Phonolist is a new blog and weekly e-mail newsletter that hosts announcements and discussion for the phonological community. The mailing list will only be used to send out those weekly newsletters. A test run of our newsletter is pasted in below. We will publish the first “real” issue of the newsletter January 1st (or shortly thereafter) with all contributions received before X-Mas, and will start weekly Friday publication on January 8th. We look forward to hearing about your research, and getting your phonological news.

For more information about Phonolist and how to contribute, please visit our blog: http://blogs.umass.edu/phonolist/. You can (un)subscribe here: https://list.umass.edu/mailman/listinfo/phonolist. You may also unsubscribe by replying to this email. Our apologies for the inconvenience if you did not wish to be subscribed: we debated opt-in and opt-out, and worried that if we used opt-in, some people who would have liked to have been subscribed might not be because they missed this e-mail.

The functionality and scope of this blog / newsletter overlaps in some ways with existing useful lists and blogs such as the OT-list, the mfm-list, the linguist list, phonoloblog and the language log. However, we hope that the combination of features provided by Phonolist will make this a useful additional forum to further increase communication amongst phonologists, and that the weekly newsletter will be helpful in keeping track of announcements, news, and forthcoming research in our field.

All the best,
Gaja Jarosz and Joe Pater.

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