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Another Englishman reaches Cheboksary:

FEL chairman and Ogmios editor Nicholas Ostler in the Chuvash State Institute for the Humanities, in front of N. Sverchkov’s picture of the visit by Anthony Jenkinson to this Volga port-city —which he called Sabowshare or Schabogshar— in 1558. Jenkinson, sent by the City of London’s Muscovy company, was en route to Bukhara. He reported Mordvin people to be living on this stretch of the Volga, although they now live further to the west. Cheboksary is now capital of Russia’s Chuvash people, and called by them Shupashkar. Here is today’s view.

Chuvash is not reckoned as endangered in Russia: it is official in Chuvashia, spoken by 1.47 million in an ethnic group of 1.77 million. But half live outside this republic. And only 30% of the children now go to school in Chuvash.

OGMIOS Newsletter 2.12 (#24) : Summer — 30 August 2004 ISSN 1471-0382 Editor: Nicholas D. M. Ostler

OGMIOS Newsletter 2.12 (#24) : Summer — 30 August 2004 ISSN 1471-0382 Editor: Nicholas D. M. Ostler Assistant Editors: Roger Blench, Joseph Blythe, Serena D'Agostino, Christopher Hadfield, Francis M Hult, Andrea Ritter

Published by: Foundation for Endangered Languages, Batheaston Villa, 172 Bailbrook Lane, Bath BA1 7AA, England e-mail: Phone: +44/0 -1225-852865 Fax: +44/0 -1225-859258

1. Editorial: Welsh for Russia’s Muslims

2. Development of the Foundation
Announcements 2004: AGM and Election nominations
FEL inc becomes US tax-exempt
A Vision for FEL's Future
Barcelona Conference: Provisional Programme for FEL VIII

3. Language Assertion: some differing official approaches
Learning in Their Native Tongue Mexican Cities Join Experiment in Bilingual Education
Language training for Welsh early years staff
Aboriginal Languages onto the Curriculum in New South Wales
Follow-up on Linguistic Minorities “GO” in Mysore State

4. Appeals, News and Views from Endangered Communities
European News Shorts
Greetings from the Secretary of the Tribal Media Group
Launch of the Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity
The Tiéfo Language falls apart in a year's time !
Indigenous Languages and Technology: Introduction and request for assistance
International Journal Of Bilingual Education And Bilingualism - Special Issue On Indigenous Language Bilingualism: Call For Papers

5. Allied Societies and Activities
The Association for the preservation of minority languages in the Czech Republic
Documenting Endangered Languages (NSF/NEH/Smithsonian partnership)

6. Reports on Field Research
The situation of endangered languages in the Sudan and some notes on Kufo: Roger Blench
The eBoze [Buji] language and the movement for literacy: Roger Blench
Notes on the Seni people and language with an addendum on the Ziriya: Roger Blench and John Garah Nengel

7. Overheard on the Web
John Peabody Harrington: the clue to lost Native American languages: Mike Anton
TONGUE-TWISTERS. Linguists writing down Aboriginal languages create more problems than they solve.
Keepers of a Lost Language: Mountain Maidu
Honduran island risks losing Garífuna

8. Places to Go - On the Net and in the World
Archiving indigenous oral traditions
Aboriginal Oral Traditions (Halifax, April 21-23, 2005)

9. Reports on Meetings
Language, history and culture top Inuit Studies Conference

10. Recent Publications
Instant Hawaiian Immersion - audio CD package
Spreading the Word: the Welsh Language 2001, John Aitchison and Harold Carter
* Towards a Multilingual Culture of Education, ed. Adama Ouane
Language in Danger, Andrew Dalby
* Enelhet Apaivoma: Guía para el aprendizaje del idioma materno toba, Ernesto Unruh, Hannes Kalisch and Manolo Romero

11. Book Reviews
Review of Austin ed. 2003: Language Documentation and Description: Nancy Dorian
Review of Thangani Bunuba: Stories from the Bunuba Elders of the Fitzroy Valley: Chris Hadfield
Brief Note on R.M.W. Dixon and A. Aikhenvald ed. The Amazonian Languages and F. Queixalós and O. Renault-Lescure ed. as línguas amazônicas hoje: Nicholas Ostler

12. And Finally…
Taken in Vain
The Decent Obscurity of a Minority Language

Eighth International Conference:

"On the Margins of Nations: Endangered Languages and Linguistic Rights"

In association with Institut d'Estudis Catalans (Cátedra Unesco de Llengües i Educació)

The conference will take place in central Barcelona, 1st - 3rd October 2004

There will also be excursions:
29-30 September
Aranese-Occitan in the Val d'Aran
4 October
Catalan in French Catalonia

The website for the conference is at: also accessible via our own web-site

The site includes conference & registration information, the programme, details of excursions and the original call for papers.

If you are planning to come, please register as soon as possible.

If you intend to register on site (despite the surcharge), please inform us in advance by SENDING AN E-MAIL NOW to:

This is particularly important if you are hoping to come on one of our excursions.

Prof. Joan Albert Argenter

Cátedra Unesco de Llengües i Educació - Institut d'Estudis Catalans
Carrer del Carme, 47
E-08001 Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain

Tel +34 933 248 585
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Ens veiem a Barcelona.