LINGUIST List 13.2073

Mon Aug 12 2002

FYI: Research Funding, BAAL 2002 Book Prize

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  1. Najma Hussain, Invitation to Apply
  2. James Simpson, BAAL 2002 book prize

Message 1: Invitation to Apply

Date: Fri, 2 Aug 2002 12:09:17 +0100
From: Najma Hussain <>
Subject: Invitation to Apply

Dear all

The Endangered Languages Documentation Programme has just
published its first invitation to apply for funding. Full details of
the programme and application forms are available on the ELDP web page

For information I attach and have pasted below the text of the invitation to
apply document, I should be grateful if you would disseminate the existence
of this programme as widely as possible. The deadline for submission of
preliminary applications is the 11th October 2002.

Please direct any queries to myself (contact details below) or my
colleague Mrs Maureen Gaskin 020 7898 4022

Many thanks

Jacqueline Arrol-Barker

Mrs Jacqueline Arrol-Barker
Endangered Languages Documentation Programme
SOAS, Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
United Kingdom

Tel +44 (0)20 7898 4021
Fax +44 (0)20 7898 4199

Prelim Invitation 2002

A. A new programme for the documentation of endangered languages.

1 The Lisbet Rausing Charitable Fund has initiated a programme of
grants to support the documentation of endangered languages, and has
appointed the School of Oriental & African Studies, London University
[SOAS] to administer the programme.

2 The general rationale of such a programme will be familiar to
potential applicants: the pace at which languages are becoming extinct
is increasing throughout the world. Furthermore, since only about
one-third of the world' s languages have literate traditions, the vast
majority of languages which die will leave no substantial record of
themselves, or the cultural traditions that they have sustained.
Quite apart from the loss of individual cultural expressions, this
process reflects a grave diminution in human and cultural diversity
and a loss of the knowledge on which they are based and which they

3 The objective of the present programme is twofold: to encourage the
development of linguistic fieldwork in endangered languages,
especially by younger scholars with a grounding in linguistic theory,
who will thereby also be provided with support between basic graduate
work and the possible assumption of university positions; and to
support the documentation of as many threatened languages as possible,
focused on where the danger of extinction is greatest, facilitating
the preservation of culture and knowledge, and creating repositories
of data for the linguistic and social sciences, and of course for
indigenous communities. Such documentation should, therefore, have
regard not only to the formal content and structure of languages, but
also to the varied social and cultural contexts within which languages
are used. In addition to the intellectual quality of applications,
principal grounds for support will be the degree of endangerment, the
urgency of the issues, and the extent to which the grant promises to
develop expertise in as well as knowledge of field linguistics and
endangered languages.

Please address any enquiries to:

The Endangered Languages Documentation Programme
School of Oriental and African Studies
Thornhaugh Street
Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG, UK

Mrs Jacqueline Arrol-Barker Mrs Maureen Gaskin 
Documentation Programme Manager Research Grants Administrator 
Tel: 020 7898 4021 Tel: 020 7898 4022 
email email

B. How the programme operates: general procedures and

Who can apply? 
4 Applications are invited from researchers with
qualifications in linguistics, including the potential for or
experience of field linguistics. Projects may be undertaken by
research teams or individuals (including suitably qualified graduate
students). As a truly international programme, there is no
restriction on either the nationality of applicants or the region(s)
where the proposed documentation research is to be undertaken.

Are any institutional links required? 
5 In all instances the
applicant(s) should have, or be in a position to develop, a formal
link with a university or comparable research institution. The
university/research institution will be expected to administer the
grant, be responsible for its proper expenditure, and submit regular
and authenticated accounts of the expenditure.

What types of grants are available?

6 The core of the programme will be grants to support projects for the
documentation of individual or closely related endangered languages.
The three main types grants will be: Postdoctoral Fellowships,
Graduate Studentships and Major Documentation Projects.

6.1 Postdoctoral Fellowship applications will be entertained from
individuals seeking their own support costs for up to two years (or if
adequately justified, three years) duration. In addition to fieldwork
costs, salary costs for the period may be sought. It is anticipated
that all postdoctoral fellowship applicants will be academically
junior and/or young researchers.

6.2 Graduate Studentship applications will be entertained from
individuals seeking their own support costs for up to two years (or if
adequately justified, three years) duration. In addition to field
trip costs, a stipend may be sought to cover the period whilst
undertaking field research and processing the results. Support is
only available to individuals who (at the time the award is due to
commence) will have successfully completed appropriate graduate
training extending over at least one year.

6.3 Major Documentation Project applications by an established
principal investigators will be entertained. Such applications could
involve a number of elements including fieldwork, salary costs of one
or more researchers and stipend costs of graduate students (while
engaged in the field and processing work) whose doctoral work will
contribute to the project as a whole. Applicants may request support
for between 6 months and three years. In exceptional cases support
for four years may be considered. Applications for small as well as
fairly large grants will be considered.

7. In addition to the three main types of grant, two further types of
grant may, in exceptional circumstances, be considered: Field trips
and Pilot Projects.

7.1 Field trip applications may be submitted for relatively brief
fieldwork trips - between 6 and 12 months duration. In such cases,
preliminary or supplementary research should very substantially
prepare for or advance the documentation of a language or languages
which are either closely related to languages already well documented
or which themselves have already been the subject of substantial

7.2 Pilot Project applications may be submitted for the purposes of
assessing and demonstrating the feasibility of a larger project. The
duration should be between 6 -12 months and field trips will normally
be involved.

8 It is expected that for each of the three main types of grants
outlined in paragraph 6 above, at least a survey grammar and
dictionary will be produced, where these do not already exist (see
paragraph 15.3(c) in the Invitation to submit a detailed application,
posted on

What is the submission process and timetable?

9 Applications will be considered by a small international panel once
a year. The deadline for the first competition for grants will be
11th October 2002, and decisions will be taken in February 2003,
although this timetable may vary in future years.

 Preliminary Application Deadline

10 Applications will be considered in two stages. In the first
instance applicants should submit a completed Preliminary Application
Form. A copy is attached at Annex A to this booklet and further
copies can be obtained from In this first round
Preliminary Applications must be received no later than 11th October

 Detailed Application Deadline

11 Invitations to a limited number of applicants to submit detailed
applications will be despatched no later than the end of November
2002. The closing date for receipt of detailed applications will be
about 10th January 2003. However, these dates may be extended in
light of changing circumstances. For the structure and content of the
detailed application, please consult the Programme's website

Referee requirements

12 Applicants are advised that if invited to submit a detailed
application, they must ensure that their two referees are prepared to
submit their comments by the 17th January 2003.

How will the application be assessed?

13 All outline and detailed applications will be assessed by the small
international panel. The panel membership is detailed at the front of
this booklet. Panel members have been selected to serve in their
capacity as scholars and researchers in the field. Based on its
assessment, the panel will submit its final recommendations to the
Lisbet Rausing Charitable Fund. In making its assessments at the
detailed application stage, the panel may consult independent


14 Grants will be announced by late February 2003. The earliest
possible starting date for any project is April 2003. Projects must
commence within 12 months of the date of the offer letter.

What kind of costs are eligible?

15 Eligible costs include:

� teaching replacement costs of Principal
Investigators, in teaching posts, while on extended field trips 

� the salaries of research and technical assistants 

� stipend costs of the individual applicant (graduate student
application only) normally for up to 2 (or if justified 3) years
primarily devoted to fieldwork and the processing of the results 

� salary costs of the individual applicant (postdoctoral fellow
application only) normally for up to 2 (or if justified 3) years,
where not currently in a salaried position 

� costs of employing indigenous collaborators and participants and
securing co-operation 

� stipend costs of a graduate student engaged full-time on the
specific project as part of a team (major documentation project
application only) for up to 3 years.

Fieldwork Expenses

� travel and subsistence expenses of fieldwork (including insurance
� supplementary training costs for field researchers and local
� equipment (necessary fieldwork items only)

Other Costs
� supplies of consumables, office and communication costs directly
associated with the project
� workshops or colloquia necessary for the completion of the project
� reasonable (i.e. modest) compensation to the 'home' institution for
the costs of managing the grant budget. The amount claimed will have to be

Please note that the grants awarded under this scheme will be cash limited
in sterling. Therefore applications may include a reasonable estimate for
changes in salary costs only.

16 Personnel costs are allowable at the standard rates of the relevant
country. Where appropriate these should be linked to national pay

 What kind of costs are ineligible?

17 Ineligible costs include: 

� overheads and indirect costs, other than the costs of managing the

� maternity and sickness pay 

� publication and dissemination costs, other than the costs of
duplicating material for electronic distribution 

� equipment other than fieldwork items.

� claims for personal subsistence (other than whilst undertaking
fieldwork abroad)

What will become of a Project's outcome?

18 In addition to creating local repositories of data for the
linguistic and social sciences, it will be a requirement of funding
that the outcomes of all projects [including copies of recordings and
videos] will be ultimately deposited within the ELDP Central Archive
which is to be housed at SOAS. The outcomes should also be placed on
a website.

 What are the reporting requirements?

19 The terms and conditions of any grant awarded will be detailed in
the offer letter. In summary, successful applicants will be required
to submit regular reports which will include a statement of accounts.
In the event that a report is considered unsatisfactory, funds may be
withheld, the award revised or amended or, ultimately, the funding
terminated. In all cases, a fixed percentage of the grant will be
held back until submission and approval of the final project report.

20 The university (or comparable research institution) responsible for
administering the award will, if requested by the ELDP administration
at SOAS, provide accounts for the award to be examined by a recognised
auditor, to certify that the expenditure of the grant has been in
accordance with the agreed terms and conditions. The books, records
and financial procedures of the university, relevant to the grant,
shall be open to inspection by any body or individual appointed for
the purposes of inspection.

Extensions and supplementary grants.

21 Applications for extensions of existing grants will not normally be
accepted. Applications for supplementary grants will only be accepted
in exceptional cases. Transfers between budget categories may be
permitted in certain cases - these will be detailed in the offer

C. General instructions for making a Preliminary Application.

22 Preliminary Applications may be submitted in one of five

Main application types
� Major Documentation Project (Annex A - MDP)
� Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship (Annex A -
� Individual Graduate Studentship (Annex A -

Exceptional application types
� Field Trip Grant (Annex A - FTG)
� Pilot Project Grant (Annex A - PPG)

Applicants are invited to complete the appropriate Preliminary Application
Form at Annex A in full. This must be completed in English and comply with
the eligibility requirements detailed in this booklet. Please do not send
additional documentation (other than that requested on the form) in support
of your application.

23 Applications will be assessed and those which appear to conform to
the Programme's expectations as to importance and quality will be
invited to submit a more detailed application. The information
requested in the Preliminary Application is general in form. However,
applicants will need to be confident that they can satisfy the
policies and procedures relevant to detailed applications, in the
event that they are invited to submit such an application. Further,
it will be advisable to take account of such policies and procedures,
and begin preparatory work on a possible detailed application, since
there will not be much time between an invitation to submit a detailed
proposal and the closing date for its consideration. Applicants are
therefore strongly advised to consult the detailed application
procedures as outlined on the Programme's website

24 Preliminary Applications in response to this first call should be
submitted so as to reach SOAS no later than 5pm on Friday 11th October
2002. All proposals should be addressed to:

Mrs Jacqueline Arrol-Barker,
Documentation Programme Manager
School of Oriental and African Studies,
Thornhaugh Street, London WC1H 0XG, UK

Please ensure that you supply the following:
� your original application
� 11 double-sided copies (each set individually stapled).
� An e-mail copy of the application sent to:

25 Whilst applications are not checked for completeness immediately,
applicants will receive an e-mail in the form of a reply version of
the application, to confirm that the electronic version has been

26 Late or incomplete applications can not be accepted. Please note
that amendments to the text after the closing date will not normally
be accepted.

D Project Characteristics
27 Looked at generally, documentation projects should be:

� Accessible and usable, to both members of the language community
and the wider scientific community.

� Secure against abuse, to protect the rights of the community
originating the data.

� Permanent, to guarantee long-term survival of the data.

� Cumulative, to allow existing data to be supplemented and

� Focused on languages whose continued existence is most at risk.

� Comprehensive, to include records of the widest possible range of
linguistic data (in as wide a variety of social and cultural uses as
possible) currently available, including audio, video, written materials,
grammatical descriptions, monolingual and bilingual lexicography.

� Built on common notation standards, which presupposes as little as
possible about the content of the data or the specific purposes to which
they can be put, but also allow an optimum level of practical access.

� Presented to the public worldwide, in the interests of attracting
support and emulation to tackle the vast problem of language endangerment.
(However, access will be restricted for up to three years after the period
of data gathering and collation to allow for scholarly use of the material
by the grant holder.)

For specific information about the standards and requirements to be expected
in detailed applications see the procedures described in the Programme's
website at
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Message 2: BAAL 2002 book prize

Date: Sun, 04 Aug 2002 15:17:40 +0100
From: James Simpson <>
Subject: BAAL 2002 book prize

The 2002 BAAL Book Prize shortlist is:

University Press.


Stephen May LANGUAGE AND MINORITY RIGHTS Pearson Education.

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