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FYI: Ling. Summer School, Endangered Lang. Grants

Author: LOT (Lara Groen)

FYI Body: The Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics (LOT) in cooperation
with the Graduate School "Economy and Complexity of Language" at the
University of Potsdam and the Humboldt University Berlin, with suppor
of the "Center of Excellence: Formal Models of Cognitive Complexity"
at the University of Potsdam and the ZAS Research Centre for General
Linguistics, Typology and Universals will be organizing a


>From July 19 until July 31 1999.

Teachers will be :

Ad Backus (Tilburg)
Ria de Bleser (Potsdam) Vladimir Borschev (Moscow)
Susanne Carroll (Potsdam) Wallace Chafe (Santa Barbara)
Elizabeth Couper-Kuhlen (Konstanz) Rainier Dietrich (Berlin)
Karen Donhauser (Berlin) Gisbert Fanselow (Potsdam)
Lyn Frazier (UMass, Amherst) Angela Friederici (Leipzig)
Roeland van Hout (Tilburg) Tracy Hall (Berlin)
Morris Halle (MIT) Hans Kamp (Stuttgart)
Ans van Kemenade (Amsterdam) Ekkehard Koenig (Berlin)
Dominic Massaro (Santa Cruz) Gereon Mller (Tbingen)
Barabra Partee (UMass, Amherst) Bernd Pompino-Marshall (Berlin)
Susan Powers (Potsdam) Tanya Reinhart (Utrecht/Tel Aviv)
Luigi Rizzi (Siena) Doug Saddy (Potsdam)
Arnim von Stechow (Tbingen) Karumuri Subbarao (Delhi)
Peter Staudacher (Potsdam) Leon Stassen (Nijmegen)
Jrgen Weissenborn (Potsdam) Leo Wetzels (Amsterdam)
Ken Wexler (MIT) Chris Wilder (Berlin)


computational linguistics, diachrony, 1st & 2nd language acquistion,
language contact, neurolinguistics, phonetics, phonology, pragmatics,
psycholinguistics, statistics/methodology, syntax, (lexical) semantics,


- You will soon be able to enroll via the internet:
Or mail:
Or write: LOT, Trans 10, 3512 JK Utrecht, The Netherlands

- Fee: DM 250 per week.
Housing for students will be in Potsdam, from Dm 25 per night including
breakfast onwards.

- Course descriptions.
Information will soon be available on our webpages:

University of Potsdam
Department of Linguistics
P.O. Box 60 15 53
D-14415 Potsdam

phone: + 49 331 977 2016
fax: + 49 331 977 2761

Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics
Trans 10
NL-3512 JK Utrech

phone: + 31 30 2536006
fax: + 31 30 2536000

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Landelijke Onderzoekschool Taalwetenschap
Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics

Trans 10
NL - 3512 JK Utrech
Phone: +31 30 2536006
Fax: +31 30 2536000
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The Endangered Language Fund is pleased to announce the grant awardees
for 1998. These grants are made possible by the generosity of our
members, and are one way of helping to stem the tide of language loss.
Please visit our web site ( or write to
us by email ( or mail (Endangered Language Fund,
Dept. of Linguistics, Yale University, P. O. Box 208236, New Haven,
CT 06520-8236) for more information.

The following ten projects were selected for support out of a strong
field of 70 total submissions. Many worthy projects were sadly lef
unfunded, and most of the funded projects were at a lower level than
requested. As our financial resources continue to grow, we hope tha
more of these excellent proposals will be funded. The continued
support of our members is crucial in this effort.

Ronald Geronimo - Illustration of a Tohono O9odham Text for Children

The foot race has a time-honored position in Tohono O9odham culture,
and Ronald Geronimo of the University of Arizona is planning to use i
as a basis for a story in his native language. The final work will
include not only the written version of the story, but specially
designed illustrations and a cassette of traditional songs. Geronimo
hopes that this work will help stop the deterioration of the O9odham
language by appealing to young readers and other members of their

Nile R. Thompson - Twana Language Use in Songs

The Twana Tribes collective knowledge of its own language has come to
reside in a few individuals who know some common words and, more
importantly, a set of traditional songs. Nile Thompson of Dushuyay
Research, Seattle, will record two elders who remember the Twana
songs. These records will make it possible for the Twana to continue
to use the traditional songs and pass them to their descendants, and
the possible use of language switching within the songs will be
available for study.

Suzanne Wash - The Last Speakers of Northern Sierra Miwok

Of the ten or so speakers of Northern Sierra Miwok still alive, the
fluent ones are all at least 60 years of age. For records that will
be essential to any future revival effort, and for the immediate value
that such a linguistic legacy brings, Suzanne Wash of the University
of California, Santa Barbara, received support from the Fund. Her
work began in 1992 and has continued with support from the Phillips
Fund. Apart from the value of the language artifacts to the
descendants of the speakers, Northern Sierra Miwok presents an unusual
pattern among languages: It uses both metathesis (exchanging
consonants or vowels) and quantitative ablaut (lengthening of both
consonants and vowels).

Timothy Thornes - Documentation of Burns Paiute

The Northern Paiute language is the northern-most member of the
Uto-Aztecan family, currently spoken by about 400 people in Nevada,
Oregon, California and Idaho. Timothy Thornes of the University of
Oregon will record a wide range of texts , including traditional
tales, family histories, autobiographical information of the elders,
and natural conversation in the language. Each of these text types
serves as a reservoir for different aspects of the language, the
culture, and the history of the Burns Paiute community.

Darrell R. Kipp - Immersion Learning of Blackfoo

The Piegan Institute, headed by Darrell Kipp, began building a school
immersion program for Blackfoot in 1994. Since that time, two schools
have been in operation, hosting forty children from pre-school through
grade four. While the school buildings are functioning nicely, there
is a lack of language material for the children and teachers to work
with. With assistance from the Endangered Language Fund, Kipp plans
to produce such material with the help not only of elders who grew up
with the language but also from teachers who have become quite fluen
in it. This community effort is beginning to bear fruit, with
interest in the language increasing throughout the tribe.

Aklilu Yilma - Recording the Last Speakers of Ongota

Although Ethiopia is a linguistically diverse country, even there
languages are becoming extinct. The small community of the Ongota,
only 78 strong, have come to realize the predicament their language is
in and have asked for help in preserving it. Aklilu Yilma, of Addis
Ababa University, has received assistance from the Fund to provide
that help. He has found that the language is so little known that its
correct language family is not even known. His initial efforts, then,
will be as full a description as can be accomplished to assist with
the decision to be made by the community about the future of the

Monica Macauley - Menominee Language and Linguistics

Of more than 7,000 enrolled members of the Menominee Nation in
Wisconsin, only 36 claim the ancestral language as their mother
tongue, and a small group list it as their second language.
Unfortunately, despite Leonard Bloomfields major work half a century
ago, very little has been done since. Monica Macauley of the
University of Wisconsin has been asked to work with the Tribal College
in developing teaching materials, and will use the grant from the Fund
to do the necessary work with the remaining fluent speakers.

Eve Chuen Ng - The Structure of Passamaquoddy

Passamaquoddy, an Eastern Algonquian language of northeastern Maine,
has fewer than 100 speakers remaining. Fortunately, many projects are
under way, including this one by Eve Ng of the State University of New
York, Buffalo. She will be collecting texts and providing linguistic
analysis which will be incorporated into language preservation

Daniel Aberra - Morphological Analysis of Shabo

The Shabo language of Ethiopia (also called Shaqqo or Mekeyir) is
puzzling to linguists because it is distinct from both the
Afro-Asiatic and Nilo-Saharan families, the only two language families
in Ethiopia. Even more remote families in Africa do not offer an
obvious relationship. Daniel Aberra, of Addis Ababa University, has
received a grant to do the necessary work to make the relationship of
this language clear. The number of speakers is dwindling rapidly, and
there is a large degree of language shift to one of the more
prestigious neighboring languages, Majang or Shakicho (Mocha).

Mary Louise Defender Wilson - Broadcasting in Dakotah on KLND

When children are riding the bus to events on a Saturday afternoon,
their driver can tune in to KLND, Little Eagle, South Dakota, and hear
Dakotah language programming. They hear legends, talk, and even
discussions of food. Teenagers are excited to hear things of interes
to them in their own language, and older people say that they never
expected to hear stories in their language again. It makes them feel
good, and the younger people remark about how they never realized the
wisdom and teaching in the stories. The grant from the Endangered
Language Fund will allow Mary Louise Defender Wilson to travel and
record more such stories and conversations so that Dakotah can
continue to live on the airwaves of South Dakota.

The Endangered Language Fund
Dept. of Linguistics
Yale University
P. O. Box 208236
New Haven, CT 06520-8236 USA
Tel: 203-432-2450
FAX: 203-432-4087

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