LINGUIST List 13.3410

Mon Dec 23 2002

Sum: Endangered Languages: Addendum

Editor for this issue: Karen Milligan <>


  1. Dan Everett, Correction to Summary on Endangered Languages

Message 1: Correction to Summary on Endangered Languages

Date: Fri, 20 Dec 2002 15:42:22 -0000
From: Dan Everett <>
Subject: Correction to Summary on Endangered Languages

In my summary on Endangered Languages (Linguist 13.3331) research, I
mention the new and exciting program at SOAS in London. However, in my
non-official summary of the SOAS initiatives, I misstated some of the
facts. I am happy to forward on these corrections to my summary from
Peter Austin. Please ignore the paragraph on SOAS in my previous

Best - and Happy Holidays,

Dan Everett 

The Lisbet Rausing Charitable Trust made a donation of 20 million
pounds in support of endangered languages research and training. Three
programmes have been established:

1. an endangered languages academic program (ELAP) based at SOAS,
directed by Peter Austin, and charged with running a new MA in
Language Documentation and Description (now approved for 2003) and a
PhD in Field Linguistics, plus seminars, summer schools and training

2. an endangered languages documentation program (ELDP) administered
by SOAS and directed by an international panel of experts in field
research and language documentation. ELDP will distribute research
grants for projects, post-docs and PhD study;

3. an endangered languages archive based at SOAS to archive data
collected under ELDP and from other sources.

This is a unique combination of grants for research and documentation
plus training for current researchers and a new generation of MA and
PhD students. For further details see the main SOAS web page or contact Peter Austin on

Or at:

Prof Peter K. Austin
Marit Rausing Chair in Field Linguistics
Director, Endangered Languages Academic Program
Department of Linguistics, SOAS
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG
United Kingdom
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