LINGUIST List 15.3508
Thu Dec 16 2004
FYI: FEL: Call for Proposals; MLA prize winner
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Call for Proposals:Foundation for Endangered Langs
Winner of MLA Kenneth W. Mildenberger prize
Message 1: Call for Proposals:Foundation for Endangered Langs
From: Nicholas Ostler <nostlerchibcha.demon.co.uk>
Subject: Call for Proposals:Foundation for Endangered Langs
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 languages. These
endangered languages may be anywhere in the world.
The Foundation's funds remain extremely limited and only an exceptional
award will be greater than US $1,500. Smaller proposals stand a better
chance of funding.
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.
**Format for Submissions:
As of this year, there has been a change in the format for submissions
to the Foundation. In future, applicants must submit a short Case for
Support and a Application Form. Guidance on how to write a Case, and
fill out the form, is accessible at the Foundation's website: -
It may also be obtained from me at the address below. (Any other,
older, FEL materials - as still at http://www.ogmios.org/question.htm
- are obsolete, and should not be used.)
The Case for Support (CS) and Application Form (AF) are best
submitted as Word files attached to an e-mail message sent to
chibcha.demon.co.uk>. Non-ascii text should be in some form
of Unicode. The two files should be named "languageCS.doc" and
"languageAF.doc", substituting the name of the language to be
studied for 'language'.
Copies printed on paper will also be accepted as an alternative. In
general, it is not necessary to send a hard copy of an electronic
proposal for confirmation, but FEL may request this if there are major
difficulties in reading the file.
All proposals must be submitted in this format, to ensure comparability.
Unless agreed with me in advance in writing, all proposals must be in
The time-limit for proposals will be 30 January 2005. By that date, full
proposals (consisting of Case for Support and Application Form) must
reach me at the address below. All proposals received will be
acknowledged on receipt.
The FEL Committee will announce its decision by 31st March 2005.
** Comments on Draft Proposals:
FEL tries to keep its procedures as simple as possible. But it
recognizes that they may be especially taxing for those without training
in a western university. In the case of proposals from communities or
community linguists, FEL is prepared to comment on drafts, 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 2004.
This commenting service is simply offered in order to help: it is never
required to submit such a draft. If draft applications are received
from applicants who are judged not to be members of endangered language
communities or such communities' designated linguists, they may be
re-classified as final applications, at FELs discretion.
Nicholas Ostler chibcha.demon.co.uk>
FEL Chairman and Grants Officer
The Foundation for Endangered Languages (FEL) is a separate from
ELF, the Endangered Language Fund (www.haskins.yale.edu).
It is perfectly possible (and has indeed occurred in the past) that the
same project can be partially funded by both FEL and ELF.
Foundation for Endangered Languages
Registered Charity: England and Wales 1070616
172 Bailbrook Lane, Bath BA1 7AA, England
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Message 2: Winner of MLA Kenneth W. Mildenberger prize
From: Kathryn King <kathrynmultilingual-matters.com>
Subject: Winner of MLA Kenneth W. Mildenberger prize
Multilingual Matters author wins MLA Kenneth W. Mildenberger prize
World English: A Study of its Development by Janina Brutt-Griffler
ISBN 1-85359-577-2 £18.95 US$29.95 CAN$29.95
Multilingual Matters is delighted to announce that Janina
Brutt-Griffler has been awarded the Modern Language Association of
America's 24th annual Kenneth W. Mildenberger prize for World English:
A Study of its Development (ISBN 1-85359-577-2). The prize is awarded
for an outstanding work in the fields of language, culture and
literacy, or literature with strong application to the teaching of
languages other than English. It will be presented at the Association's
annual convention in Philadelphia on December 28.
The citation for the book reads:
"Janina Brutt-Griffler tackles the complex issues of English in the
world today - a topic that is of crucial relevance to foreign language
educators in an era of the waning of the nation-state and the rise of
globalisation... Beyond its scholarly value, this well-documented book
should draw foreign language teachers' attention to the global context
in which their efforts are now taking place."
Janina Brutt-Griffler teaches at the University of York, UK. She was
previously associate professor of English and linguistics at the
University of Alabama. Her publications include Bilingualism and
Language Pedagogy (co-edited with Manka Varghese, also published by
Multilingual Matters) and the forthcoming English and Ethnicity.
Colin Baker (University of Bangor, UK), co-editor of the book series
Bilingual Education & Bilingualism in which the book was published,
said: "This is fantastic news. Janina's book deserves this accolade."
See this book's announcement on our website:
Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
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