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5. Support Activities

EBLUL opens its new Irish office

Dublin, 8 July 2002 Twenty years after its establishment in Dublin, the European Bureau for Lesser Used Languages (EBLUL) opened its new Irish office in the premises of Comhdháil Náisiúnta na Gaeilge, an Irish-language umbrella organisation in 46, Sr. Chill Dara, Bhaile Átha Cliath. Dublin Info Point will provide privileged access of the Irish-speaking community to the Bureau’s services: providing expertise and assistance on linguistic community problems; finding project partners and project financing; the organisation of study visits, seminars and conferences and the dissemination of information to linguistic minority communities about EU policies. A solemn opening ceremony will take place in Autumn 2002.

Brussels Head Office:
Sint-Jooststraat 49, Rue Saint Josse
B-1210 Brussel | Bruxelles

Dublin Info Point:
Comhdháil Náisiúnta na Gaeilge, 46, Sr. Chill Dara | Killdare Street
Bhaile Atha Cliath | Dublin 2

Tel+32/2/ 250 31 64 Fax +32/2/ 218 19 74

Chance to become a linguistic correspondent for your language Brussels, 10 October 2002

EBLUL is looking for linguistic correspondents for its project on regional and minority languages on the Internet.

The European Bureau for Lesser Used Languages (EBLUL) has recently launched an Internet project named MININF (for Minority Information). The aim of this project is to collect and promote multi-thematic material in or about these languages, while increasing their visibility on Internet. Such material includes web sites, multimedia documents, texts, magazines for children and so on. The project will help facilitate research and will offer classified quality content to all those interested in the question of minority languages in Europe explains Markus Warasin, Secretary General of the Bureau.

In this framework, a network of linguistic correspondents in each community concerned is about to be established. According to Bertrand Romain Menciassi, team leader for the MININF project, this network will allow to develop the project according to the interests and the concrete needs of the linguistic communities. Work as a linguistic correspondent, under the status of a 10 month unpaid traineeship, will indeed consist in checking and moderating the content edited on the Internet, in contributing to the development of the web site of MININF through the translation of some of the functionalities, as well as in helping to the promotion and the evaluation of its impact in the linguistic communities. This traineeship is a useful tool to learn European methodologies and to valuate ones local experience at the European level. It is accomplished from a remote place since an online editing system will allow working from any workstation connected to the Internet.

The position as linguistic correspondent is thus a unique opportunity for the young wishing to work and acquire skills in the policy of linguistic preservation and promotion. As a matter of fact, MININF being a participatory project, the correspondents will be an entire part of the project. Being responsible for their language, they are permanently in contact with the MININF team in Brussels and act in coordination with other European actors explains Ivan-Kaja Dielens, in charge of development for the network of linguistic correspondents.

For further information, contact:
Ivan-Kaja DIELENS.
Development - MININF Project
European Bureau for Lesser Used Languages
Rue Saint-Josse, 49
B-1210 Brussels
Tel.: +32 (0)
Fax: +32 (0)
E-mail: ivan(at)
Web site:

Phillips Fund Grants for Native American Research

The sponsor provides support for research in Native American linguistics and ethnohistory, and the history of studies of Native Americans in the continental United States and Canada. Eligible applicants are younger scholars who have received the doctorate, and graduate students. Grants average $2,200 for one year.

Deadline:1 March 2003

Sponsor: American Philosophical Society
Program Number: 01754
E-mail: eroach(at)

University of London SOAS: Lectureship in Language Documentation; Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Documentation and Description

The Endangered Languages Academic Programme (ELAP) is a new initiative established at the School of Oriental and African Studies, funded by the Lisbet Rausing Charitable Fund, to support the study and documentation of endangered languages.

ELAP is one component of the Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project along with the Endangered Language Documentation Programme (ELDP) and the Endangered Languages Archive. ELAP is located within the Department of Linguistics, an active research community strongly committed to extending the frontiers of theoretical and field linguistics research within the Schools mission to be a centre of excellence in research and teaching related to Asia and Africa.

Vacancy No: 02-120
We are now seeking to appoint a lecturer in language documentation for a period of four years with possible extension of an additional four years, to commence 1st May 2003, to undertake research and teaching in theoretical and applied aspects of language documentation with a focus on endangered languages. Area of language specialisation is open.

The appointee should have demonstrated skills in research and teaching in linguistic analysis, language documentation, fieldmethods, and digital archiving and publication. A record of experience and skills in teaching and supervision at postgraduate levels, plus proven administrative and organisational ability is essential.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the research profile of ELAP and of the Linguistics Department, to teaching and supervision in postgraduate courses and to be involved in intensive courses (eg. summer schools). There may also be opportunities to contribute to undergraduate teaching.

Vacancy No: 02-119
Applications are invited for a two-year Postdoctoral fellowship in the documentation and description of endangered languages. The position will be held at SOAS and will commence in August 2003. The main purpose of the fellowship is to contribute to the research and teaching in the Endangered Languages Academic Programme.



The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the research profile of ELAP and of the Department of Linguistics, to contribute up to 3hrs teaching per week and to present papers at departmental seminars and conferences. There may also be opportunities to be involved in intensive training courses.

A second two-year fellowship to commence in January 2004 will be advertised in the first half of 2003.

For informal enquiries about either position, please contact Professor Peter Austin, Director of ELAP, SOAS, Russell Square, London, WC1H 0XG, UK. E-mail: elap(at)

From January 6th 2003, application forms job descriptions may be obtained from the Human Resources Department, SOAS, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG (Tel: 020 7898 4134; Fax: 020 7898 4129. e-mail: humanresources(at) No Agencies. CVs may be submitted when accompanied by an application form.

Closing date for applications: Friday 28th February 2003

ELF: Request for Proposals, 2003

The Endangered Language Fund provides grants for language maintenance and linguistic field work. The work most likely to be funded is that which serves both the native community and the field of linguistics. Work which has immediate applicability to one group and more distant application to the other will also be considered. Publishing subventions are a low priority, although they will be considered. Proposals can originate in any country. The language involved must be in danger of disappearing within a generation or two. Endangerment is a continuum, and the location on the continuum is one factor in our funding decisions.

Eligible expenses include consultant fees, tapes, films, travel, etc. Grants are normally for one year periods, though extensions may be applied for. We expect grants in this round to be less than $4,000 in size, and to average about $2,000.

There is no form, but the information requested below should be printed (on one side only) and FOUR COPIES sent to:
The Endangered Language Fund
Dept. of Linguistics, Yale University
P. O. Box 208366, New Haven,
CT 06520-8366, USA

The street address for express mail services is:
The Endangered Language Fund
Linguistics, Yale University,
370 Temple Street,
New Haven, CT 06511, USA
Applications must be mailed in. No e-mail or fax applications will be accepted. Please note that regular mail, especially from abroad, can take up to four weeks. If you have any questions, please write to the same address or email to: elf(at)

The first page should contain:
ADDRESS OF PRIMARY RESEARCHER (include phone and email if possible.)
Include the same information for collaborating researchers if any. This information may continue on the next page.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT: Beginning on a separate page, provide a description of the project. This should normally take two pages, single spaced, but the maximum is five pages. Be detailed about the type of material that is to be collected and/or produced, and the value it will have to the native community (including relatives and descendants who do not speak the language) and to linguistic science. Give a brief description of the state of endangerment of the language in question.

BUDGET: On a separate page, prepare an itemized budget that lists expected costs for the project. Estimates are acceptable, but they must be realistic. Please translate the amounts into US dollars. List other sources of support you are currently receiving or expect to receive and other applications that relate to the current one.

LETTER OF SUPPORT: Two letters of support are recommended, but not required. Note that these letters, if sent separately, must arrive on or before the deadline (April 21st, 2003) in order to be considered. If more than two letters are sent, only the first two received will be read.

LIMIT TO ONE PROPOSAL A researcher can be primary researcher on only one proposal.

DEADLINE Applications must be received by APRIL 21st, 2003. Decisions will be delivered by the end of May, 2003.

ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF RECEIPT Receipt of application will be made by email if an email address is given. Otherwise, the applicant must include a self-addressed post-card in order to receive the acknowledgment.

IF A GRANT IS AWARDED Before receiving any funds, university-based applicants must show that they have met the requirements of their university's human subjects' committee. Tribal- or other-based applicants must provide equivalent assurance that proper protocols are being used. If a grant is made and accepted, the recipient is required to provide the Endangered Language Fund with a short formal report of the project and to provide the Fund with copies of all audio and video recordings made with ELF funds, accompanying transcriptions, as well as publications resulting from materials obtained with the assistance of the grant.

FURTHER ENQUIRIES can be made to:
The Endangered Language Fund
Dept. of Linguistics, Yale University, P. O. Box 208366, New Haven, CT 06520-8366 USA
Tel: 203-432-2450 FAX: 203-432-4087

Response to 1st Call of Lisbet Rausing Charitable Fund’s ELDP (Endangered Language Documentation Programme)

The first call for Preliminary proposals closed on 11 October 2002. Approximately 150 such proposals were received, and 45 of them were encouraged to submit detailed proposals, for a deadline of 10 January 2003. These will be adjudicated at the end of March 2003. The ELDP website is