LINGUIST List 12.254

Tue Jan 30 2001

FYI: Naylor Prize Competition, 2001 NEH Grants

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  1. Brian Joseph, First Naylor Prize Competition Results
  2. Serventi, Jennifer, 2001 NEH Humanities Focus Grants

Message 1: First Naylor Prize Competition Results

Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2001 11:04:18 -0500 (EST)
From: Brian Joseph <>
Subject: First Naylor Prize Competition Results


	The Kenneth E. Naylor Professorship in South Slavic
Linguistics of the Department of Slavic and East European Languages
and Literatures at the Ohio State University is pleased to announce
the results of the first competition for The Kenneth E. Naylor Young
Scholar's Prize in South Slavic and Balkan Linguistics. The Prize was
created in 1999, in memory of Kenneth E. Naylor, Balkanist and South
Slavic linguist par excellence, and awards $500 for the best
unpublished paper by a young scholar on a topic in Balkan or South
Slavic linguistics.
	The first winner is Dr. Grant Lundberg of the Department of
Germanic and Slavic Languages of Brigham Young University (Provo,
Utah), for his paper entitled "Possible Tonemic Oppositions in Haloze,
Slovenia". The paper provides a close analysis of the prosodic
systems of the dialects of Haloze, a small region on the eastern
border of Slovenia's historical province of Styria, and, using the
instrumental phonetic methodology of analyzing word-level pitch
frequency spectrographically, tests the claim of previous scholarship
that Haloze has preserved an unusually archaic system of tonal
contrasts in which high and low tones are phonemically distinctive on
short syllables. Dr. Lundberg argues that tonemic oppositions have
been lost in Haloze but that, unlike other Styrian dialects, the
rising contour of neighboring Kajkavian dialects has been generalized
to all accented syllables. He thereby explains why some scholars have
asserted the preservation of of tonemic distinctions in! Haloze, and
also sheds some light on the processes involved in the loss of tonal
distinctions in favor of dynamic stress.
	The prize-winning paper will be published in a forthcoming
issue of the journal Balkanistica.
	In addition, a runner-up prize of $50 was awarded to
Dr. Svetlana Godjevac, currently at the University of California, San
Diego, for her submission, "Phonology of Serbo-Croatian Intonation", a
chapter of her 2000 Ohio State University dissertation on "Intonation,
Word Order and Focus Projection in Serbo-Croatian".
	The Prize Competition will continue, with the deadline for
submissions in the next round being September 30, 2001. A separate
announcement will be circulated soon but for information please
contact the current Naylor Professor, Brian D. Joseph, c/o Department
of Slavic and East European Languages and Literatures, Ohio State
University, Columbus, Ohio, USA 43210-1215 (
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Message 2: 2001 NEH Humanities Focus Grants

Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2001 13:28:48 -0500
From: Serventi, Jennifer <>
Subject: 2001 NEH Humanities Focus Grants


The National Endowment for the Humanities supports school teachers and 
college faculty in the United States who wish to strengthen the teaching
learning of history, literature, foreign languages and cultures, and other
of the humanities.

Humanities Focus Grants, typically of one year in duration, enable educators 
to consider together significant humanities topics or to map institutional
directions for teaching the humanities. Awarded through an expedited review 
cycle, these small grants allow educators to consider substantive questions 
and chart institutional directions in a timely way. Humanities Focus Grants 
are particularly appropriate and are encouraged for first-time applicants. 

Application deadline: April 15, 2001
Funding available: up to $25,000 
For more information about this grant opportunities, or if you have ideas 
about developing a project, please write or call:

Division of Education Programs 
National Endowment for the Humanities, Room 318
1100 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. 
Washington, D.C. 20506
Phone: 202/606-8380
FAX: 202/606-8394
TDD (for hearing impaired only) 202/606-8282

Guidelines and application forms are available from the NEH
World Wide Web site: 
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