Foundation for Endangered Languages
2. Development of the Foundation FEL VI: "Endangered Languages and their Literatures", Antigua Guatemala, 8-10 August 2002
From R. McKenna Brown mbrown(at)saturn.vcu.edu
11 June 2002
The program for the FEL VI Conference 2002 Program is below. It will be held at the Posada Belen, Antigua Guatemala. You can also find it posted it at: http://www.has.vcu.edu/int/felprog.htm
Thursday, August 8: Morning
Thursday, August 8: Afternoon
Friday, August 9: Morning
EL Literatures & Education
Friday, August 9: Afternoon
Literacy in Newly Independent Lands
Saturday, August 10: Morning
Saturday, August 10: Evening
The Languages Challenge: Marc Dragon — a Promising Beginner
In the context of the European Year of Languages 2001, Marc Dragon (aged 12) from Chertsey, England, and now living in Wales, set himself (“with the help of his mum”) to learn enough Tagalog to write to his relatives in the Philippines. He achieved his goal, and in so doing managed to raise the tidy sum of £19 for the Foundation.
His letter begins:
For a young Briton it is a major challenge, when not yet a teenager,to find a way into a language spoken far beyond Western Europe, but we are heartened to see that the enterprise to do so is still found, here and there. This is “language awareness” in its full glory.
Well done, Marc, and thanks for all the dosh.
Announcing a New Set of Grants made by the Foundation
After almost two years of enforced poverty, the FEL is pleased and proud to announce a new set of grants to fund work on behalf of endangered languages.
(1) Elena Perekhvalskaya of Russia receives $700, for the collection of oral histories and biographies on audio/video, in Udihe, a Tungusic language of Manchuria. Udihe speakers number only about 50.
These grants are fully funded by the generosity of FEL members, so we on the Committee would also like to take the opportunity to thank you who read this for supporting us — and endangered languages — so magnificently through this period.