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OGMIOS Newsletter # 12 : Late Summer - 9 September 1999
Editor: Nicholas D. M. Ostler

Published by:
Foundation for Endangered Languages,
Batheaston Villa, 172 Bailbrook Lane, Bath BA1 7AA, England
e-mail: nostler(at)
Phone: +44/(0) -1225-852865 Fax: +44/(0) -1225-859258

1. Celebrations: Praise of the Particular Voices of Languages at Risk Nancy Dorian 4
Expressive bleaching in the shift from Scottish Gaelic to English in E. Sutherland 6

2. Development of the Foundation 14
Call for Proposals 14
Clarification 15

3. Language Endangerment in the News 15
With World Opening Up, Languages Are Losers by The Associated Press 15
"Vanishing Cultures" in the National Geographic 16
Nepal: War of words for minority groups (Newari, Maithili) 16
MacArthur Fellowships honour Denny Moore, Ofelia Zepeda 16
Environmental destruction a threat to languages: UN Environment Programme 17

4. Appeals and News from Endangered Communities 17
Threat to Lands of Macuxi, Wapixana, Ingaricó and Taurepang - Raposa Serra do Sol.
(in Portuguese) 17
Help sought for Záparo in Ecuador, especially from experts in Iquito, Arabela or Taushiro 18
Wanted: Card Sharps to Help Páez Language Revitalization 19
Restricted Access to Gaelic-language Education in Edinburgh: the case of Andrew McLeod 19
Jacaltek-Spanish Dictionary seeking reviewer 20
Nueva declaración de derechos lingüísticos en México 20
Withdrawal of Maori News Broadcasts by Radio New Zealand; FEL enters the fray 20
Chile: Mapuche nation under attack 21

5. Allied Societies and Activities 22
Volkswagen Foundation: Open for Grant Applications - a Willing Collaborator for non-German Applicants writes 22
Volkswagen-stiftung: Merkblatt für Antragsteller 23
Project "Strategies for Language Revitalization" at Univ. Canterbury, NZ. 25
"The Indigenous Language Institute", ILI 26
Language Link: new on-line Newsletter from the E.R.I.C. Clearinghouse 27
New Endangered Languages homepage for the LINGUIST list 27

6. Places to Go - on the Web & in the World 28
Indigenous Peoples and Protected Areas 28
New Linguistic Olympics puzzles 28
‘Linguistic Exploration’: computer tools for description of languages 28
Languages of Guyane - and Education 28
National Anthropological Archives 28
Alaska Native Language Center 29
American Indian Studies Research Institute at Indiana 29
YLE Radio Finland to broadcast in Mari, Udmurt 29
Access to Euromosaic reports on a wide variety of European Minority Languages ...
and what about Sign Languages? 29
Two Sites for Creole Languages 29

7. Forthcoming Meetings 29
Linguistic Issues In Australian Native Title Claims,
2 Oct. 1999, University of Perth, (Australia) 29
Uluru: La Terra Del Sogno. Mondi E Dimensioni Parallele Nella Mitologia Degli Aborigeni Australiani, Institute of Anthropology. 15 Oct. 99, Firenze Italy 29
Heritage Languages in America: 14-16 Oct. 1999, Long Beach, California 30
Diaspora, Community And Identity 20-23 October 1999, Honolulu, Hawai’i 30
Language Endangerment and Language Maintenance: an Active Approach.
29-30 November 1999, La Trobe Univ., Melbourne, Australia. 30
The Third International Conference on Hani/Akha Culture,
29 December 1999 to 5 January 2000, Jinghong City, Xishuangbanna, Yunnan, China. 31
Seventh Annual Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Conference,
11-14 May 2000, Toronto, Canada 31
The Tenth Caucasian Colloquium, Munich, 2-5 August, 2000 31
World Congress of African Linguistics, 2000,
21 - 26 August, 2000 at the Université du Bénin, Lomé, Togo 32

8. Publications of Interest 32
Identity, Insecurity and Image - France and Language by Dennis Ager 32
Native American language preservation and pedagogy - Audio-Visual Materials 33
'Sentence Puzzle Kit' for Nisga'a 33
"Language endangerment: What have pride and prestige got to do with it?" new paper by Salikoko Mufwene 33
Papers on South-East Asian Minority Languages etc. 33
Revitalising the Maori Language - Some Lessons from Abroad, (a report for the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust) by Joseph Selwyn TeRito. 34
OZBIB: a linguistic bibliography of Aboriginal Australia and the Torres Strait Islands - Lois Carrington and Geraldine Triffitt. 34

9. And finally... 34
The Last Laugh 34
Manifesto 35