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6. Allied Societies and Activities

UNESCO Grants Available for the Biennium 2000-2001

Applications to UNESCO (CIPSH) for Grants for the Study of Endangered Languages for the Biennium 2000-2001

Applications for the above are now called for. (This item reached the editor on 17 Feb 1999.) They are to be sent to M. Maurice Aymard, Secretary-General, CIPSH, UNESCO, 1, Rue Miollis, 75732 Paris, France; as soon as possible preferably by E-mail: _ HYPERLINK mailto:cipsh(at) __cipsh(at)unesco.org_ (CIPSH stands for International Council for Philosophy and Humanistic Studies).

The Applications should preferably consist of two to three pages only. They should consist of:

· A title, e.g. Application for financial support for the study of the x-language which is in danger of disappearing;

· Information on the person making the application: name, circumstances of work (institution, academic qualifications, full address, with fax and/or E-mail address if available);

· Name and circumstances of the language(s) to be studied or preserved: location, circumstances and grade of endangerment;

· Whether unknown or studied to some extent by .....;

· Number of speakers if known;

· Intended work: grammatical, lexical, text collection (the latter, with interlinear and free translation, and recordings, is particularly important in the case of moribund languages);

· work directed at preserving an endangered language, etc.

· Are local persons or institutions collaborating and involved other than just as informants? (this is much desired by UNESCO);

· Are results expected to be published?

· What other information of relevance may be added.

Note that UNESCO will never fund a research project alone, but expects other financial help (university or other institution, other grants, private funds etc.) to be also available for it. The upper limit for these grants applied for to UNESCO (CIPSH) which are intended to constitute only seed money for projects receiving also support from elsewhere, is US$10,000 for each application for the biennium 2000-2001.

At the end of the application, a financial breakdown and a somewhat detailed budget in US dollars should be added. Eventual other sources of financing should also be mentioned. It should be kept in mind that the primary purpose of the UNESCO grant applied for, is to make it possible for the specified research to be carried out with the ultimate aim to allow the research to result in a publishable manuscript, and to assist in its publication. Salaries and other remuneration of the researcher(s) applying should not be included in the application. They are expected to be paid by the university or other institution or establishment at or for which the applicant is working or is attached to, and at which research into and study of endangered languages could be regarded as being in the framework of their usual activities. Such research, writing up and publishing may require special extra funding, which is the purpose of the UNESCO (CIPSH) seed money. Its main purpose is to assist in the preparation, for publication, of the results of endangered language research and study. Financial support ń if granted for an application ń will be paid separately for 2000 and 2001. Decision on applications submitted now will be taken at the end of 1999.

Stephen A. Wurm 1998



World Languages Report Forthcoming

On 16 Feb 1999, the Editor received the following letter from Paul Ortega of Unesco Etxea:

I am delighted to inform you that the United Nations Organisation for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) is preparing a World languages report, with the aim of describing the world's linguistic diversity, studying the evolution and development of languages, and explaining the problems affecting them in different parts of the world. The purpose of this project is to draw attention to the need to look after our linguistic heritage world-wide.

... the final publication ... will be prepared by UNESCO for the year 2001. ...



Andrew Woodfield has pointed out to me that there is a web site for this at:

He notes also, somewhat wryly:

“Looks as though the director general of UNESCO does not know about the Tokyo Red Book project sponsored by UNESCO as he calls this Basque project the first attempt.”

“Administration for Native Americans” grant program

Scott DeLancey wrote to the Endangered Languages List:

One resource for work on Native American languages which a lot of potentially interested folks seem not to know about is the "Administration for Native Americans", which has a small, very competitive grant program for language maintenance and preservation programs. These are relatively small (up to $125,000/year) two- or three-year grants to get a project going, or do preliminary survey and planning work for a language maintenance program. Awards are to tribes; this isn't intended to go through academic channels, but my experience and that of other people I've talked to suggests that the commitment of a professional linguist to participate in the project is sometimes a good selling point for the ANA. The program announcement and RFP can be found at: Here's some of the intro to the announcement:

The purpose of this notice is to announce the availability of fiscal year 1999 financial assistance to eligible applicants for the purpose of assisting Native Americans in assuring the survival and continuing vitality of their languages. Financial assistance awards made under this program announcement will be on a competitive basis and the proposals will be reviewed against the evaluation criteria in this announcement.

Approximately $2,000,000 in Fiscal Year 1999 has been allocated for category I and II grants. For Category I, Planning Grants (project length: 12 months), the funding level for a budget period of 12 months will be up to $50,000. For Category II, Design and/or Implementation Grants (project length: up to 36 months), the funding level for a budget period of 12 months will be up to $125,000. In accordance with current agency policies, ANA may fund additional highly ranked applications if additional funds become available prior to the next competition.

Scott DeLancey
Department of Linguistics
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403, USA