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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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FYI: Endangered Language Fund: Language Legacies Grants

Author: Alice Nicholls

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

FYI Body: The Endangered Language Fund will be collecting proposals for our
annual Language Legacies grant program. The Language Legacies
grant program supports language documentation and revitalization
efforts throughout the world. It is open to community members,
language activists, and academic researchers from any country. Grants
awarded are for one year and average around $2,500 (US).

The deadline for applications is April 20, 2012. For more information
about the RFP, please visit:


In addition to our long-standing Bill Bright Award, we are pleased to
announce another special emphasis grant, the Charles R. Isenberg
Award for the Documentation of Languages of the Former Soviet
Union, named for the late Charles R. Isenberg (1944-1997), a
professor of Russian literature at Wesleyan University and Reed
College. The award will support documentation and maintenance of
languages spoken in the former Soviet Union. We also encourage
young people to find creative new ways to use their traditional
languages, including incorporating them into arts projects including
fiction, playwriting, music composition, and performance art. All
proposals for work on languages in the former Soviet Union will
automatically be considered for this award.

Thank you,

Alice Nicholls (Endangered Language Fund)

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