LINGUIST List 11.131

Sun Jan 23 2000

FYI: Biodiversity and language: funding opportunity

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  1. Catherine N. Ball, Re: Biodiversity and language: funding opportunity

Message 1: Re: Biodiversity and language: funding opportunity

Date: Sat, 22 Jan 2000 10:27:17 -0500
From: Catherine N. Ball <>
Subject: Re: Biodiversity and language: funding opportunity

In LINGUIST 11.111 Doug Whalen notes that 'The parallels between
homogeneity in biological populations and in language systems is a
topic that is less commonly explored.'.

Those who are interested in this topic might have an angle on a
funding opportunity at the National Science Foundation which I have
delayed announcing to the list, because I couldn't think of a good
'hook' for linguists:

Biocomplexity Special Competition: Integrated Research to Understand 
and Model Complexity Among Biological, Physical and Social Systems 
(the full announcement is at

There is quite a lot of money being devoted to this initiative at 
NSF, and I hope that some linguists will take advantage of it. The 
proposal deadline is March 1 for 'Incubation Activities that enable 
groups of researchers who have not historically collaborated on 
biocomplexity research to develop projects via focused workshops, 
virtual meetings, and other types of development and planning 
activities.' For regular research proposals, the deadline is also 
March 1 but a letter of intent is being requested by Jan. 31. If you 
miss this year's competition, there is expected to be another one 
next year; but an incubation activity this year should be a good 
headstart for a regular research proposal the following year.

 -- Cathy Ball (
 Program Director, Linguistics
 National Science Foundation
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