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5. Allied Societies and Activities

Indigenous Language Institute (ILI)

The Indigenous Language Institute (ILI) recognizes the imminent loss of indigenous peoples' languages and acknowledges the individuality of indigenous communities. ILI facilitates innovative, successful community-based initiatives for language revitalization through collaboration with other appropriate groups and organizations, and promotes public awareness of this crisis.

ILI was founded as the Institute for the Preservation of the Original Languages of the Americas (IPOLA) by Joanna Hess in September 1992 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. ILI has a Board of Directors whose members are majority Native American. The Board's experiences in language work at various levels steer the program direction. A multidisciplinary corps of Advisors are called upon to assist the Board of Directors and staff in programmatic, administrative and fiscal matters.

Call for proposals: Yiddish and Typology

The editors of a planned anthology, Yiddish and Typology, invite proposals for contributions to the volume. Papers may deal with any area of Yiddish linguistics (e.g., syntax, phonology, morphology, historical linguistics, areal linguistics, sociolinguistics) as it relates to more general issues of linguistic typology. Papers appearing in the volume will not be limited to any specific typological approach, and thus may vary from author to author.

Neil G. Jacobs jacobs.8(at)
Howard I. Aronson hia5(at)
Hans den Besten j.b.denbesten(at)
Thomas F. Shannon tshannon(at)
Anna Verschik anna.verschik(at)

Proposals. An electronic version of your proposal may be sent to any of the five editors. It will then be forwarded to the rest of the editors. Proposals should be detailed abstracts, containing the following information: (a) author name(s) and affiliation(s), and contact information; (b) working title of paper; (c) clear statement of the problem, the typological issues involved, sample data, proposed solution, nature of the contribution your paper makes; (d) short bibliography of main sources to be used in the study. PROPOSALS SHOULD BE SENT BY APRIL 30, 2006. The editorial committee will send out its responses by May 31. Information on style, format, etc., will be sent out at that time as well. For accepted proposals, finished drafts of the papers will be due by October 31, 2006. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any of the editors.