LINGUIST List 11.261

Mon Feb 7 2000

FYI: ISO 639-2 codes, NSF opportunities

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  1. Rebecca Larche Moreton, ISO 639-2 codes being requested for signed languages
  2. Ball, Catherine, Update on funding opportunities at NSF

Message 1: ISO 639-2 codes being requested for signed languages

Date: Sun, 6 Feb 2000 14:17:14 -0600
From: Rebecca Larche Moreton <>
Subject: ISO 639-2 codes being requested for signed languages

February 6, 2000
Dear Linguist List Members....

As you know, computer programmers refer to the "ISO 639-2 Registration
Authority" for the standard codes used to represent the world's
languages. This helps standardize software development.

In September, 1999, the Deaf Action Committee for SignWriting (the
DAC), and the Irish National Body applied to the Registration
Authority, with the assistance of Michael Everson in Dublin, Ireland,
requesting that the world's Sign Languages be included. You can read
about the application on these web pages:

	International Organization for Standardization (ISO)
	...application for language codes for Sign Languages...

	Recognition of Signed Languages

We are already using these codes for signed languages in the
SignWriter 5.0 computer program, typing signed languages from 18
countries in SignWriting, and they are working well. The codes are
easy to recognize in the java source code...and our programmer likes
them very much. For information about SignWriter 5.0:

	Programming SignWriter 5.0

For further information about the application to the ISO, write to:

Michael Everson
Irish national representative to the
committee responsible for ISO/IEC 10646

For further information about SignWriting, write to:

Valerie Sutton

SignWriting Web Site

SignWriting is a way to read, write, and
type the movements of signed languages.

The DAC, Deaf Action Committee for SW
Center For Sutton Movement Writing
an educational nonprofit organization
Box 517, La Jolla, CA, 92038-0517, USA

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Message 2: Update on funding opportunities at NSF

Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2000 11:39:02 -0500
From: Ball, Catherine <>
Subject: Update on funding opportunities at NSF

Colleagues at US Institutions:

I have identified some new opportunities for US linguists and language
scientists at the National Science Foundation. Links to most of these
are on our webpage at . A useful list
of programs and deadlines is also available at -- click on 'E-bulletin via e-mail'
to get a monthly update by e-mail.

* NSF Linguistics program: We support dissertation research, regular
research, exploratory research, conferences and workshops, block grants for
travel to international conferences (usually submitted by professional
organizations), CAREER grants for junior faculty, and Minority Research
Planning Grants and Career Advancement Awards. Target dates are Jan. 15 and
July 15 for most proposals. I will be at the AAAL in Vancouver for a panel
on Federal funding sources for research in applied linguistics (Mar. 11,
7:30pm) and will be happy to talk to anyone there.

* Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences: (1)
Infrastructure grants -- the next competition will be announced in March,
with a deadline in early August. These are large grants for databases and
other resources; contact Paul Chapin ( for details. (2)
Minority postdoctoral fellowships: deadline is early Dec. each year.

* The Arctic Social Sciences program would like to see more proposals; they
support both dissertation research and regular research in linguistics,
cultural anthropology, etc. (
* Human Computer Interaction (HCI): next target date is Feb. 15.
* Research on Learning and Education (ROLE): preliminary proposals due March 1.
* Graduate Teaching Fellows in K-12 Education: deadline May 1.
* NSF's International Division has opportunities for students, postdocs, and
international cooperative activities (

Note for students and international colleagues: NSF makes grants to US
institutions, and PIs are typically faculty at those institutions.
Undergraduates can be included on grants via supplements; graduate students
can be included as research assistants on regular grants, or as co-PIs on
dissertation research grants. Researchers at non-US institutions are
sometimes included in subawards on proposals submitted by their US

 -- 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
Attn PIs: FastLane submission req'd as of Oct. 1 2000!
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