LINGUIST List 10.1294

Sun Sep 5 1999

FYI: Endangered Languages Page

Editor for this issue: Karen Milligan <>


  1. Martha Ratliff, FYI: Endangered Langs Page

Message 1: FYI: Endangered Langs Page

Date: Sun, 5 Sep 1999 00:01:16 -0400
From: Martha Ratliff <>
Subject: FYI: Endangered Langs Page

[Moderators' Note: LINGUIST is very pleased to be able to host 
the Endangered Languages homepage described below. This 
worthwhile initiative was proposed by Martha Ratliff and the LSA 
Committee on Endangered Languages; and it will be maintained by 
volunteer "curators." If you have the needed expertise, we urge you 
to volunteer. This homepage is likely to be a highly valuable 
resource for the linguistics community. ]


A new Endangered Languages homepage on LINGUIST will bring 
together materials on the study of endangered languages to serve 
the needs of both the linguistic profession and communities 
interested in language revitalization or maintenance programs. As 
a start, the following pages (with appropriate links) are proposed: 

(1) national and international professional/service organizations 
involved in the endangered language documentation and 
revitalization effort; 

(2) community organizations which are working to preserve their 
own languages; 

(3) "linguist wanted" ads; a list of communities and linguists in the
field needing technical assistance (this page will be run by Megan

(4) an archive of on-line discussions and on-line conferences on 

(5) programs of (traditional) conferences on ELs, and calls for 

(6) notices and reviews of books and journals on ELs and linguistic

(7) information about and reviews of fieldwork tools such as 
software and questionnaires; 

(8) information on linguistics departments with a specialty in 
training fieldworkers (and which accept "Grammar of X"-type 
dissertations) and information on short-term training programs; 

(9) pedagogical materials for fieldwork courses and other courses 
on linguistic diversity; 

(10) funding opportunities for fieldwork projects;

(11) a list of people to contact who are currently working on 
particular languages/groups of languages, with their permission. 
(Alana Johns is building a page which will include 5-page 
descriptions of projects in progress authored by different 
fieldworkers which can be linked to this page.) 

Interested linguists are invited to volunteer as the "curator" of any of 
these proposed pages (except #5 above, which has been claimed). 

Suggestions for additional pages are also welcome. 

 Please contact Martha Ratliff <>. 


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