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OGMIOS Newsletter Millennium Issue : 1999-2000
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. Great Oaks, Little Acorns and the Precautionary Principle
ĎCelebrationsí: a correction from Nancy Dorian

2. Development of the Foundation
FEL Annual General Meeting: St. Patrick's Coll., Maynooth, Ireland, 18 Sept. 1999
Presidentís Report on the Year to August 1998 to August 1999
Executive Committee meeting, Saturday 20 November 1999, 55 Severn Avenue, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK
The Foundationís Grants Policy, by Christopher Moseley, Treasurer
FELís Next Conference: Endangered Languages and Literacy: University of North Carolina at Charleston, USA - 21-24 Sept. 2000

3. Language Endangerment in the News
Our Endangered American Languages, by Jon Reyhner, Northern Arizona Univ.
"Republic policy can aid Irish in North"

4. Appeals and News from Endangered Communities
Highland Council Persecutes Gaelic Activists
Radio Finland Starts Short-Wave Broadcasts in Mari and Udmurt
Oifig Ullans ~ Ulster Scots Office for Donegal
Request to "Smaller" Language Speakers
Dynamics of the Development of Gagauz Culture, by Larisa Yakut
Petition to the President of the Italian Republic, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi
Sweden agrees ratification of Charter for Regional or Minority Languages

5. Allied Societies and Activities
Japan Supports Research on Languages of the Pacific Rim
Language Foundation planned in Canada
UNESCO declaration supports traditional knowledge and languages

6. Overheard on the Web
Has the Decline of World Languages been Overestimated?
Volunteers Needed to test CD-ROM "Western Mono Ways of Speaking."

7. Places to Go, on the Web and in the World
Endangered Languages homepage on LINGUIST
Endangered languages data at IPOLA site
About the artist site: House of the Small Languages
Kuna List and Data Base
Expanded searching on Less Commonly Taught Lanuages database
LOLFA wales.cymraeg (Datgan)
Karuk-Irish site
Chumash site
Language and Popular Culture in Africa

8. Forthcoming Meetings
Protecting Knowledge: Traditional Resource Rights in the New Millenium, Vancouver, Canada, 24-26 February 2000
High Desert Linguistics Conference (Albuquerque, NM, April 7-9, 2000)
Workshop on American Indigenous Languages UC Santa Barbara, April 14-16, 2000
Stabilizing Indigenous Languages (Toronto, May 11-14, 2000)
Language, Interaction, and Culture, May 18-20, 2000 at UCLA.
Nahuatl Summer Language Institute III, Yale, New Haven, Conn., USA, June 5 to July 28, 2000
Athabaskan Languages Conference (Smithers, BC, June 8-10, 2000)
6th Himalayan Languages Symposium, U. Wisconsin-Milwaukee, June 15-17, 2000
Sixth International Conference on the Languages of Scotland and Ulster. The Queen's University of Belfast, 9th. - 13th. August 2000
Second International Conference on the Languages of Ireland, Queen's University of Belfast. 12th - 16th August 2000

9. Publications of Interest
COMPASS: Minority Language Population Censuses
Zapotec Dictionary of San Lucas Quiavini, by Felipe Alvarez
"Assiniboine Storytelling with Signs" interactive CD ROM
New English-Cornish dictionary
Nationalismes Regionaux en Europe

10. Two Obituaries
Alan Heusaff 23 July 1921 - 3 Nov 1999
Good Eagle -- Dean P. Fox