LINGUIST List 14.3263

Wed Nov 26 2003

FYI: Foundation for Endangered Languages 2004 Call

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  1. Nicholas Ostler, Foundation for Endangered Languages Call for Proposals for 2004

Message 1: Foundation for Endangered Languages Call for Proposals for 2004

Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2003 10:53:11 +0000
From: Nicholas Ostler <>
Subject: Foundation for Endangered Languages Call for Proposals for 2004

The Foundation for Endangered Languages is now accepting proposals for
projects of work that will support, enable or assist the
documentation, protection or promotion of one or more endangered

Please pass on this announcement to your friends and colleagues in
endangered language communities who may not have access to Ogmios, the
Internet or e-mail.

Form for Submissions
There is a form that defines the content of appropriate proposals,
which is accessible at the Foundation's website:
It may also be obtained from me at the address below.
All proposals must be submitted in this form, to ensure comparability.

The time-limit for proposals in the current round will be 18 January
2004. By that date, proposals and supporting testimonials must reach
me at the address below.

The FEL Committee will announce its decision before the 31st of March

Here are four points to note especially, the first two of them new
this year.

1. The form now contains a new question, enquiring on the potential
for further work, after completion of a first grant. This material
will serve both to support the current application in the selection
process, and also to provide the Foundation with arguments in their
quest for further funds to supplement existing projects in the future.

2. Where possible, work undertaken within endangered language
communities themselves will be preferred in the selection. FEL is
prepared to comment on draft proposals from communities or community
linguists, and suggest weaknesses and potential remedies (without
prejudice) before the selection. Such draft proposals - clearly marked
"DRAFT" - should reach FEL as soon as possible, and no later than 31
December 2003.

3. The Foundation's funds remain extremely limited and it is not
anticipated that - in the first instance - any award will be greater
than US $1,000. Smaller proposals stand a better chance of funding.
4. The Foundation for Endangered Languages (FEL) is a separate from
ELF, the Endangered Language Fund ( It is
perfectly possible (and has indeed occurred in the past) that the same
project can be� partially funded by both FEL and ELF.

Nicholas Ostler
Foundation for Endangered Languages
UK Registered Charity 1070616

Batheaston Villa, 172 Bailbrook Lane
Bath BA1 7AA England
+44-1225-85-2865 fax +44-1225-85-9258
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