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# 1 1 May 1995
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

Table of Contents

1. Development of the Foundation 1
Aims of the Foundation 1
Report on Meeting 1: DTI London, 27 January 1995 1
Report on Meeting 2: Bristol University, 20 April 1995 2

2. Appeals 3
Aragonese 3
Hawaiian 3
Natural Language Processing 4

3. Recent Meetings 4
MIT Seminars 4
Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire 4
American Association for the Advancement of Science 5
Bristol - Conservation of Endangered Languages 5

4. Endangered Languages in the Media 6
BBC World Service Radio: “Outlook” 17 April 1995 6
BBC World TV: “Newsday” 21 April 1995 6

5. Forthcoming Meetings 6
Canadian Centre For Linguistic Rights, Ottawa, Ontario 6
Bilingualism in Wales, Cardiff, Wales 7
LSA Linguistic Institute Events, Albuquerque, New Mexico 7
16th AILDI, Tucson, Arizona 7
SILNA, Albuquerque, New Mexico 7
Inauguration of International Clearing House, Tokyo 7

Iatiku is the mother goddess of the Acoma tribe of New Mexico, who caused people to speak different languages so that it would not be so easy for them to quarrel.

This issue of our Newsletter is very much a first stab, resulting from a request at the second meeting of the Foundation for Endangered Languages, held at Bristol University on 20 April. I urge all readers to send in interesting news items relevant to Linguistic Diversity and Language Endangerment, which may appear in future issues.

I feel that, to be worthy of its theme, Iatiku should also include controversy and readers’ letters; ideally, also, essays and all sorts of compositions in and about non-metropolitan languages, deepening our understanding of what their diversity can mean. For this, it will need the support of its readers.