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2. Development of the Foundation

Announcements 2004: AGM and Election nominations

As Secretary to the Executive Committee of the Foundation for Endangered Languages I hereby give notice that:

1. The 8th Annual General Meeting of the Foundation will take place on 2nd October, 2004 at Institut d'Estudis Catalans, Barcelona starting at 18:00

All members are entitled to attend and vote at this meeting.

2. The Agenda will comprise:

1. Minutes of the 7th AGM
2. Matters Arising
3. President’s Report
4. Treasurer’s Report
5. Election of Officers for the year beginning 2nd October 2004

Any additional items for the agenda should be sent to reach the President by 21 September, 2003

3. The membership of the Executive Committee for the year following 2 October, 2004 will be chosen at this meeting.

Nominations for election to the Executive Committee should be sent to reach the President by 21 September 2004.

There are up to 15 places on the Committee and should nominations exceed vacancies, election will be by ballot.

Nigel Birch
Secretary, FEL
55 Severn Avenue, Swindon Wilts SN25 3LL
United Kingdom

FEL inc becomes US tax-exempt

As of August 12, 2004, FEL Inc. (the US arm of FEL) is officially a 501(c)(3) tax exempt public charity. Our tax-exempt status is retroactive to the date of the FEL Inc.'s incorporation in North Carolina (i.e. September 25, 2003) and remains in effect until August 2007 (at which time IRS will review our status to make sure we are still eligible). US donors can now receive full tax credit for gifts to the Foundation.

Please contact our US representative, Blair Rudes, if you would like more details, or to make a donation to FEL inc.

Blair A. Rudes, 8300 Paces Oakes Boulevard #111, Charlotte NC 28213, USA.

Cheques should be made out to "Foundation for Endangered Languages Inc.", and receipts will be mailed by return.

A Vision for FEL's Future

Nicholas Ostler, the Chairman (also the Editor of Ogmios), wrote to the Executive Committee on 11 July 2004, a week before the Committee meeting on the 18th.

1. Our current situation

In addition to our traditional activities (grants, conferences, proceedings sales, newsletter, web-site - all under England charitable status) we have currently three new items close to ready, which should enable some new departures for FEL:

a. a fund-raising document, including costings for a small, part-time, but permanent, administrative operation

b. a fundraising website in the USA, linking donors to projects

c. tax-free exemption (under 501c3) in the USA, allowing us proper financial status in the USA as well as UK

2. Our immediate plans for new support activities

a. have an administrative assistant, to put our regular activities on a more regular footing

b. begin campaign to raise funds for the Foundation from established funders

c. catalogue language communities (each with representative with whom we have links) to create network of Foundation projects

3. New Long-Term activities aimed at linking people directly with particular language communities

a. "adopt a language", through the US website (1b) and established links (2c)

b. "language volunteers", placing in touch with communities those (concerned outsiders) who want to get involved in documenting, protecting or promoting a language

The overall intent of this new stage is to make FEL a more "hands-on" organization, extending the personal involvement which is such a feature of our conferences to the actual experience of FEL members. Henceforth, besides being generally positive to EL through joining FEL, people would have the opportunity for real contact with endangered language communities, whether through providing a more personal (and persistent) funding stream for work in them, or through actually getting experience in field linguistics and projects bound up with language/literacy/publishing.

4. Concrete moves to initiate the new phase

a. write job description for the new assistant, and appoint him/her (Important question: can this appointment precede the securing of new funds (via 2b)? Thanks to the latest Crystal gift, we do have a small tranche of unallocated funds for this. And if so, it would be possible for the assistant to speed progress in 4b and 4c, systematically contacting funding sources, and our background of language communities.)

b. correspond with established funding organizations (already listed by Salem Mezhoud)

c. correspond with all previous grant-recipients

d. confer with sources of language-documentation training (esp. Rausing fund at SOAS) - a necessary prerequisite to placing "language volunteers"

e. integrate 3a "adopt a language" programme, advertising in the first instance to FEL members



f. integrate 3b "language volunteers" programme

5. Overall points

The result would be a much more active organization, though not as such (politically) activist.

FEL would be building on its perceived strengths as an organization that provides useful links between people of good will and language communities, and secondarily as a channel for funds to useful EL work of various kinds.

No other EL organization is doing anything like "adopt a language", or "language volunteers", essentially building a permanent global network.

I am already getting (usually young) volunteers of the type required and have nowhetre to channel the good will involved.

Such a volunteer network might give a more focused idea of where FEL funds (or members'/donors' funds) should be usefully applied.

Note: The document was well-received at the Executive Committee meeting; and action was agreed on point 4a.

The Editor requests the opinions and suggestions of FEL members on any of these points.

Barcelona Conference: Provisional Programme for FEL VIII

On The Margins Of Nations
Endangered Langs & Linguistic Rights

Fri. 1 October
Salvador Giner, Vice - president of IEC
Joan A. Argenter, Conference Chairman
Nicholas Ostler, President of FEL - Welcome
Antoni Mir, Secretary General, Language Policy (Catalan Government)
Leanne Hinton - Using endangered lgs in North America
Salem Mezhoud - Linguistic Rights and Endangered Languages
Patrick E. Marlow - Bilingual Education, Legislative Intent, and Language Maintenance
Galina Dyrkheeva - New lg policy and small lgs in Russia: Buryat
Zelealem Leyew - The Fate of Endangered Languages in Ethiopia
Gregory Hankoni Kamwendo - Lg Planning from Below: Towards the Development/Promotion of a Marginalised Lg in N. Malawi
John Hobson - Learning to speak again: towards the provision of appropriate training for the revitalization of Australian lgs in New South Wales
Shelley Tulloch - Grassroots Desires for Lg Planning in Nunavut
Alejandra Arellano Martínez
Almandina Cárdenas Demay - Hacia la definición de una política del lenguaje explícita en México
Monica Ward - Building from the Bottom - up: Linguistic Rights for Extremely Endangered Languages
Sue Wright - Lg rights: the difficulty of defining what is to be protected
Marta Moskal - Lg Policy and Protection of Endangered Lgs in Poland

Sat. 2 October
Patxi Goenaga - Fronteras que separan, fronteras que dividen
Yun-Hsuan Kuo - Lg, Identities, and Linguistic Rights in Taiwan
John P. Hawkins - The Impact of Religious Change on Language Use Among the K’iche’ Maya of Guatemala
Elena Benedicto - Ling. Rights in the Nicaraguan Atlantic Coast: Actions on the Ground within the Legislative Framework of the Estatuto de Autonomía
Belen Uranga, Estibaliz Amorrortu, Andoni Barreña, Esti Izagirre, Itziar Idiazabal - What do linguistic communities think about the official recognition of their languages?
Alok Kumar Das - Linguistic Practices and not just Linguistic Rights: Endangered Languages in New Europe
Mariana Bara - Arman Endangered Language
Ernesto Díaz - Couder Cabral - The Broken Pot. The role of language in the reconstruction of indigenous identities.

Sun. 3 October
Tjeerd de Graaf - EL in the Border Areas of Japan and Russia
Stephanie Inglis - Teaching Mi'kmaq (Micmac) to the next generation: pedagogical effects of lg death
Verónica Grondona - Lg Policy, Ling Rts & Lg Maintenance in Arg.
Carme Junyent - Linguistic diversity in Catalonia: towards a model of linguistic revitalization
Nataliya Belitser - Endangered Lgs in Crimea/Ukraine: Crimean, Tatar, Karait, and Krymchak Ivelina Kazakova
Maria Miteva - The Future of Bulgarian: The Road to Extinction or Paradise Regained
Luke O’Callaghan - Lg Policy in Kazakhstan, Norway and Ireland
Siobhan Casson - “Living the Lg”: Balancing Australian Aboriginal and Western knowledge systems
Roger Blench - Endangering Languages: policies for intentional language endangerment

Akim Elnazarov - EL and Education. Badakhshan Province of Tajikistan
Eva Savelsberg - Kurdish (Kurmancî) as minority lg in the Federal Republic of Germany
José Antonio Flores Farfán - Illustrations of lg and culture revitalization maintenance and development in Mexico
Mary Jane Norris - Assessing the Status Use and Accessibility of Canada's Aboriginal Lgs within Communities and Cities: Some Proposed Indicators
Michael Prosser van der Riet - Promotion of minority lg script in Southwest China. A relative success or complete failure?
Mikael Grut - The Endangered Celtic Lgs
Richard John Hawkins - Probit Modeling Lg Attrition
Rudy Osiel Camposeco - El idioma maya Popti' y los Derechos Lingüísticos
Victorio N. Sugbo - The literary response: claiming rights in three Philippine lgs
Ya-ling Chang - Lg Policies in an Aboriginal Primary School in Taiwan
Bartomeu Melià - Las lenguas indígenas en el Paraguay. Una visión desde el Censo 2002
Arnfinn Muruvik Vonen - Linguistic Rights Paving the Way Towards Lg Endangerment? The Case of Norwegian Sign Lg
Nariyo Kono - Developing partnerships between universities and lg communities: Top - down and bottom - up integration
Annelie Geyser - Manipulative strategies and lg equality: the case of isiZulu