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FYI: New Journal, NSF Grants, Conf List Update

Author: Margaret Magnus

FYI Body: This letter is to announce that we have founded an academic journal
entitled Linguistic Iconicity under the auspices of the Linguistic
Iconism Association (http://www.conknet.com/~mmagnus/LIA/) and to invite
your submissions.

The journal will primarily be an online journal published initially free
of charge on the Internet in both html and pdf formats. However, if you
do not have access to the Internet or if you for some other reason
prefer to receive a paper copy of the journal, we will charge a $20
subscription fee to cover printing, postage and handling.

If you have a PhD and some background in iconism and would like to join
our staff of reviewers or if you would like to subscribe to the journal,
please contact Margaret Magnus at:

e-mail: mmagnus@conknet.com. mailing: 28 Mountainside Lane, #2,
Francestown, NH 03043. phone: 603/588-3147. fax: 603/588-8068. Web Site:

Please also consider posting an announcement of the journal at your
bulletin board. It can be downloaded from the Internet a
http://www.conknet.com/~mmagnus/LIAnnounce.pdf or posted to the Web a

Margaret Magnus


Current Reviewer List:

Åsa Abelin
(sound symbolism, Swedish, Göteborg University)

Bob Blus
(University of Hawaii, Austronesian)

Tucker Childs
(Portland State University)

Catherine Chvany
(Slavic, Professor Emerita, MIT)

Richard Cureton
(Poetics, prof., U. of Michigan)

Sean A. Day
(President of the American Synesthesia Association, prof., National
Central University, Taiwan)

Franz Dotter
(prof., Klagenfurt, Austria, sign language, morphosyntax)

Wolfgang Dressler
(prof., phonology, phonetics, Vienna)

Stefan Etzel
(sound symbolist, linguist, Germany, student of Suitbert Ertel)

James Fidelholtz
(prof., Beneme'rita Universidad Autonoma de Puebla, Mexico)

Olga Fischer
(Professor of Germanic languages, University of Amsterdam)

John Haiman
(syntactic iconicity, Macalester College)

William Herlofsky
(sound symbolist, Nagoya Gakuin University, Japan)

Vimala Herman
(Reader in Linguistics and Literary Studies, University of Nottingham)

Masako Hiraga
(poetics, professor of English and Linguistics, St. Paul's (Rikkyo)
University, Tokyo)

Melvin Hoffmann
(SUNY College at Buffalo, phonosymbolism)

Sharon S. Hutchins
(Department of Psychology, Denison University)

Leslie Jeffries
(Head of English, University of Huddersfield, author of two book
published on poetics by Macmillan)

John Lawler
(prof., University of Michigan, sound symbolism, semantics, metaphor)

Scott Liddell
(ASL, Galaudet University)

Terry Mansfield
(iconism of prominence, manages data retrieval and cognitive imagery
projects at International Neural Machines)

Jason Martineau
(music composition, synaesthesia)

Brian McPherson
(Compuware, PhD in psychology from Tufts, synaesthesia, sound symbolism)

Brian McVeigh
(anthropology, metaphor, Toyo Gakuen University, University of Tokyo)

Charles Pyle
(former prof. of linguistics, U. of Michigan, C.S.Peirce)

Lauri Ramey, Ph.D.
(Senior Lecturer, Head of Creative Writing Programme, University of
Luton, black American and British literary studies)

John Robert Ross
(prof., University of North Texas, formerly MIT, poetics, syntax)

Stephanie Smolinsky
(sound symbolism, English, Spanish)

Andrei Stabrovsky
(U. of Washington, student of S. Voronin)

Eve Sweetser
(prof. of linguistics, Berkeley, gesture, syntax)

Linda Waugh
(prof., Arizona, iconicity, sound symbolism, coauthor with Roman
Jakobson of "Sound Shape of Language")

Cynthia Whissel
(sound symbolism)

Caroline Wiltshire
(prof., linguistics, U. of Florida)

Dear Students and Colleagues at US institutions,

I'd like to remind you about regular funding opportunities for
linguists and language scientists at the National Science Foundation
(next target date: July 15), call your attention to revised
guidelines for CAREER proposals (deadline: July 27), and mention a
few other opportunities. Links are on the NSF Linguistics webpage, a

1. For doctoral students
Dissertation research grants cover up to $12,000 of dissertation
research costs. They are submitted by the faculty supervisor (PI) on
behalf of the doctoral student (co-PI), and are generally a concise
version of the student's dissertation proposal (the projec
description is just 10 pages). Past budget items have included video
cameras and tape recorders; special software and corpora; travel and
subsistence for field research; payments to subjects, consultants or
informants. Target dates are July 15 and Jan. 15 each year, for star
dates about 6 months later. There are no citizenship restrictions.
This is a nice program with a success rate of about 40%.

2. International postdocs; minority postdocs
NSF's International Division supports postdoctoral fellowships abroad
(deadline: Nov. 1), and the Directorate of Social, Behavioral and
Economic Sciences has a minority postdoctoral fellowship program
(deadline: first Friday in December). These programs receive very few
applications from linguists.

3. For junior faculty
The NSF CAREER program has been substantially revised. Highlights of
this year's competition: application deadline for linguistics is July
27th; minimum award is $250,000; duration is 5 years; applicants mus
have earned their first doctorate after October 1, 1992, have entered
their first tenure-track position after October 1 1996, be untenured
as of July 24, and as of Oct. 1 2001 be employed in a tenure-track
position at an institution in the U.S., its territories or
possessions, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, that awards
baccalaureate or advanced degrees in a field supported by NSF. Please
read the guidelines at http://www.nsf.gov/cgi-bin/getpub?nsf0089. The
Linguistics program receives few CAREER proposals, and I'd like to
see many more. Success rate this year was about 50%.

4. Regular research, workshops, SGER, MRPG
For faculty and researchers beyond the doctorate, the Linguistics
program accepts regular research proposals and proposals for
workshops, small conferences and symposia. Target dates are July 15
and Jan. 15 each year, with possible start dates 6 months later.
Small Grants for Exploratory Research (SGER) proposals to explore new
ideas may be submitted at any time; please contact me to discuss
before submitting. The Linguistics program also supports Minority
Research Planning Grants ($18,000), which can be submitted at any
time; I'd like to receive more proposals.

-- Cathy Ball
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Catherine N. Ball, Ph.D.
Program Director, Linguistics
Division of Behavioral & Cognitive Sciences
National Science Foundation
Rm. 995, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington VA 22230
Phone: 703-306-1731 Fax: 703-306-0485
cball@nsf.gov http://www.nsf.gov/sbe/bcs/ling/
Attn PIs: FastLane submission req'd as of Oct. 1 2000!
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The latest edition (June 2000) of the Conference List of Linguistics and
Related Topics is now available a
A total of 53 new conferences and workshops have been included. Thanks to
all who provided details. Please let me know if there are any errors.

Peter White

Peter White
Centre for Language Teaching and Research
University of Queensland, Qld 4072
Fax: +61 7 3365 7077
Email: peterw@lingua.cltr.uq.edu.au, or pbwhite@powerup.com.au
Web: http://www.cltr.uq.edu.au/~peterw

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