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OGMIOS Newsletter 3.04 (#28): Winter — 15 January 2006

ISSN 1471-0382 Editor: Nicholas D. M. Ostler

Assistant Editors: Roger Blench, Joseph Blythe, Serena D'Agostino, Christopher Hadfield, Francis M Hult, Sophia Ostler, Andrea Ritter

Published by:
Foundation for Endangered Languages,
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e-mail: nostler(at)
Phone: +44/0 -1225-852865 Fax: +44/0 -1225-859258

1. Guest Editorial: What you and the !Khwa ttu have in commom
Visit to the !Khwa ttu San culture and education centre, Yzerfontein area, Western Cape, South Africa – Jane Simpson, Sydney University

2. Development of the Foundation Treasurer's Travels
Chairman's Report on the Year - Extracts
New FEL Committee for 2005-2006

3. Endangered Languages in the News
Putin Claims Some Former Soviet States' Policies Regarding Russian Language are Irrelevant

4. Appeals, News and Views from Endangered Communities
Linguistics Panel Examines Katrina's Impact on Gulf Coast Languages
Bunuba at Large
Fort Gibson Schools to Offer Cherokee Instruction
Ngiaka Yalarrnga : Lance Sullivan’s quest to save a language
Cultural comics for Ahtna
Niue fights to keep language alive
Letter from Georgia: Ratification of the ECRML and the position of Mingrelian and Svan

5. Allied Societies and Activities
Indigenous Language Institute (ILI)
Call for proposals: Yiddish and Typology

6. Reports from the Field
Studies on the Pirahã and Arawak Languages

7. Overheard on the Web
Aboriginal Languages Mustn’t Die: Goori Elder
Ethnocomputing AI robots for endangered languages

8. Places to Go - On the Net and in the World
A Gateway to Maori
Romani History
Pakistan’s Frontier Language Institute Website: latest updates
Linguistic Fieldwork Preparation: a guide for field linguists
elf: Observatoire "Économie-Langues-Formation"

9. Forthcoming Meetings
27th Annual Ethnography in Education Research Forum, 24-25 February, 2006
Conference on Endangered Languages and Cultures of Native America: 31 Mar –2 Apr, 2006, Univ. Utah, Salt Lake City
Indigenous Languages Workshop, UCSB, April 21-22, 2006
Third Oxford–Kobe Linguistics Seminar: Linguistics of Endangered Languages: Kobe, Japan, 2-5 April 2006
II Congreso por l’Aragonés, Zaragoza et al., 13-15 July 2006
Resource-Scarce Language Engineering, 31 Jul - 4 Aug, 2006, Málaga, Spain
2006 People's Poetry Gathering: Poetry from the World's Endangered Languages
2007 Conference of the International Society for Language Studies , Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, 2-4 April, 2007

10. Recent Publications
The Last Speakers: Documentary from Ironbound Films
Maya Honda and Wayne O'Neil, Understanding First and Second Language Acquisition

11. Book Reviews
Batibo, Herman M.: Language Decline and Death in Africa - Causes, Consequences, and Challenges. Reviewed by Mike Cahill, SIL International

Stellenbosch Mountains from Helderberg St

The picture of the young singer on the front page is © Tjeerd de Graaf; all others are by the Editor.