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Jost Gippert: Our Featured Linguist!

"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more



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· Fulbright Scholar Program Web Site: Fulbright grants are made to U.S. citizens and nationals of other countries for a variety of educational activities, primarily university lecturing, advanced research, graduate study and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.
· Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project website: The Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project website is now live at www.hrelp.org. It includes grant/scholarship information, job vacancies and course details.
· National Endowment for the Humanities: Grants available for all areas of the humanities.
· National Institutes of Health (NIH): Supports research in psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, and computational linguistics.
· National Science Foundation: Main site for the NSF; offers funding in many areas of research.
· National Science Foundation Crosscutting and Interdisciplinary Programs: A listing of crosscutting programs at the NSF include interdisciplinary programs -- that is programs that are supported by multiple Directorates at NSF, and programs jointly supported by NSF and other Federal agencies.
· National Science Foundation Linguistics Program: Information about NSF grants for research specifically in linguistics.
· NSF Faculty Early Development Career grants: The CAREER program recognizes and supports the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who are most likely to become the academic leaders of the 21st century.
· NSF Minority Post-Doctoral Fellowship: NSF offers a two-year postdoctoral research and training fellowship in the social and behavioral sciences primarily for underrepresented minority scientists within four years of receipt of their doctoral degree. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, nationals, or lawfully admitted permanent residents and recipients of the doctoral degree within the past 4 years. The postdoctoral fellowships are designed to permit Fellows to choose a sponsoring scientist and a research and training environment most beneficial to their scientific development. Applications are due the 1st Monday of December. For additional information, see the NSF Program Announcement 00-139 at http://www.nsf.gov/pubsys/ods/getpub.cfm?nsf00139 . The contact for the program is John Perhonis (jperhoni@nsf.gov) (703-2927279).
· SEALINKS Project: The SEALINKS Project is a new ERC-funded project that aims to better understand the origins and development of early seafaring activity in the Indian Ocean. Its aim is to tackle the complex prehistory of the Indian Ocean through a multidisciplinary approach that includes historical linguistics, archaeology, molecular genetics, and anthropology. It is offering 3 PhD studentships, the first in historical linguistics.
· Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council: Canada's federal funding agency for university-based research and graduate training in the social sciences and humanities. Funding is not available at the Master's level.
· Sociological Initiatives Foundation: The Sociological Initiatives Foundation provides grants of $5,000 to $15,000 to support research and social action projects. Areas of interests include but are not limited to social justice, social welfare, human rights, literacy, language learning and use, dialect use and curricular issues in teaching second languages and non-native languages. The Foundation is also interested in supporting research by sociologists and linguists whose work may provide practical docoumentation of initiatives that may be useful to communities. Application Deadline is September. Complete guidelines are available at http://www.grantsmanagement.com/sifguide.html. For more information, contact Prentice Zinn at pzinn@grantsmanagement.com or 617-426-7172.
· Telecommunications Grants from the U. S. Department of Commerce: Assists state and local governments, educational and health care entities, libraries, public service agencies, and other groups in effectively using telecommunications and information technologies to better provide public services and advance other national goals.
· Tesol International Research foundation grants: The new call for proposals for the TESOL International research foundation can be found on the TIRF website http://www.tirfonline.org/
· Utilika Foundation: Utilika Foundation was established in 2004 to advance the philosophy, science, and technology of communication and collaboration among diverse human and artificial agents. The foundation has decided to focus on strategies that adapt natural languages to achieve ambiguity-controlled and automatically tractable meaning representation and communication in the Semantic Web and other world-scale human-machine multiagent systems. During early 2005, the foundation is seeking an institution to serve as the target of the foundation's support and the site of the supported work. The support available to this institutional partner will be in the range of $2 million to $3 million. Details are at the foundation's Web site. (Related keywords: controlled natural language, disambiguation, interlingua-based machine translation, language design, human-computer interaction, knowledge representation, ontology, Semantic Web, multiagent systems.)
· View Past National Science Foundation Awards: View approved grant propsals by the NSF, as well as specific information about each project.