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OGMIOS Newsletter 3.03 (#27) 18 September 2005
ISSN 1471-0382 Editor: Nicholas D. M. Ostler
Assistant Editors: Roger Blench, Joseph Blythe, Serena D'Agostino, Christopher Hadfield, Francis M Hult, Andrea Ritter

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

1. An Out-of-season Fruit or the Makings of Bibles? 3

2. Development of the Foundation 4
Announcement of AGM; call for Officer and Committee nominations 4
Programme for FEL IX: Creating Outsiders - Endangered Languages, Migration and Marginalization 4

3. Endangered Languages in the News 5
Local MP swears oath in Cornish 5
Spelling Row could see Cornish Go West 5
Origins in history of Celtic Britain 6
Nheengatú, first language of Portuguese Brazil, rising again 6
milaythina nika milaythina-mana - Rebirth of Tasmanian language 7
Breakthrough in EU status for ‘official’ lesser-used languages 7
Now you're talking . . . Nyungar and Pitjantjatjara 7

4. Appeals, News and Views from Endangered Communities 8
Pavel V. Zheltov: Minority languages and computerization. The situation in the Russian Federation. 8
South Africa May Cut Seven Tongues Out 11
Mohawks wary of Microsoft: Some fear computer giant is out to make money off language and culture with software 11
Setu people against new Estonian-Russian border treaty 12
Radio shows bridge Guatemalan languages Mam, Q'anjob'al and Quiche 12
kusteeyí Programme is 'nest' for Tlingit, Haida and Tsimshian 13
Language programme preserves Acoma's Keresan language 14
"Nihina'nitin baa'diil diih"? Navajos move to take control of classrooms from states 14

5. Allied Societies and Activities 15
Call for participation in Voices of the World - an international media project on endangered languages 15
Request for Course Syllabi: Language Death, Endangerment and Revitalization 15
New courses in Language Endangerment at Monash University 15

6. Reports on Field Research 16
Voices from the Past: the use of Sound Archives for the Study of Endangered languages in Siberia 16

7. Overheard on the Web 17
"All" Languages or Any Language? 17
Dahaalik: bid to save 'lost' language off the coast of Eritrea 17
Scarce Resources Hobble Dené Native Language Efforts 18
Report on Indigenous Languages in South African Higher Education 18
Endangered Languages Documentary 19
CSUSM Professor Helps Preserve Guatemalan Language 19
Frontier Language Institute working to save script-less languages in Pakistan's North-West Frontier Province 19

8. Places to Go - On the Net and in the World 20
Endangered Languages on Film and Video 20
Sixth Native American Symposium 20
Endangered Voices 20
Archive of Choctaw Language Classes 20
Aboriginal Studies Electronic Data Archive 20
Virtual Library for Australian Aboriginal Languages Update 21
Frisian Academy Research on Endangered Languages 21
Wordcorr: Demo Software for Archiving Comparative Data 21
Let's Speak Kumeyaay 21

9. Forthcoming Meetings 21
Cornell Conference on Language and Poverty, 14-16 October, 2005 21 Language Law and Language Rights: the Challenges of Enactment and Implementation, Galway, Ireland, 14-17 June 2006 21

10. Recent Publications 22
John Enrico - Dictionary preserving the language of the Haida 22
Warumungu picture dictionary 22
Jon Reyhner - Education and Language Restoration 22
The World Atlas of Language Structures 22

Ainu prayers, spoken by Yupo Abe at the International Symposium on the World’s Indigenous Languages (Coming Together in Diversity) at the Canada pavilion, Exposition 2005, Aichi, Japan: 9-11 Aug. 2005.

FEL’s Ninth Conference ‘Creating Outsiders: Endangered Languages, Migration and Marginalization’ will be held at the Language Centre, Stellenbosch University, Western Cape, South Africa, from 18 to 20 November 2005. The Programme Chairman is Nigel Crawhall, and the Local Organizer Leon de Stadler.

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We hope to see many of you there.