Foundation for Endangered Languages
2. Development of the Foundation
Minutes of Executive Committee meeting on 3rd November 1997
Present: Margaret Allen, John Clews, Christopher Moseley, Nicholas Ostler (chair), Mahendra Verma, Andrew Woodfield
2. Matters arising from 7th December 1996 meeting: None
3. Appointment of Hon. Treasurer:
AW reminded the cttee that the main tasks of the Hon Treasurer were to look after FEL's finances, maintain an ongoing 'receipts and payments' book and prepare an annual financial report. For the latter it was necessary to fix the beginning and end of FEL's accounting year. The committee agreed that each accounting year should run from 1st January to 31st December. The Foundation's operational year (the period to be covered by the President's annual report) was fixed as June 1st - May 31st, and August 1st was chosen as the baseline subscription renewal date.
4. Financial Matters:
5. Membership and renewal of subscriptions:
The following procedures were agreed for handling subscriptions:
6. Assessing grant applications:
VydrinThe committee judged Vydrin’s project to be technically sound and worthy of support. There was discussion about the best way to convey the money to Vydrin. (Action MA, after further inquiries.)
CM reported that he had had no word from the Philological Society about their possible support. (Action CM, keep trying)
Donohue. His project was judged worthy of support. This would supplement the grant he had received from the Endangered Languages Fund (USA).
All grant holders would be required to promise to spend the money in the ways set out in their applications, and to supply FEL with a report at the end of their project. NO would publicize the fact that FEL had awarded these grants. CM was asked to maintain a file on each applicant and on each award granted. There was discussion about issuing an annual call for proposals, but no decision was taken.
7. FEL's website
8. Progress report on CM's initiatives
(b) Buttonholing new governments. CM had sent a letter to the Congo government. No reply so far, but the letter would appear in the newsletter. CM also distributed a draft of a letter intended for Serbian authorities concerning allegations of suppression of the Albanian language. The committee felt that the letter in its present form needed improving - comments should be sent to CM. NO informed that the lead editorial item in the current Ogmios concerned the Albanian issue: political discrimination within one country against a language spoken by a minority in that country but not necessarily globally endangered (see also item 13 below).
9. Progress report on plans for international conference:
NO argued for building on the contact with
Edinburgh. It was resolved that a sub-committee
consisting of NO, CM, MV would enter into closer
discussion with MacKinnon and the Edinburgh organisers.
10. Progress on publishing proceedings of York workshop:
11. World of Language project - discuss FEL's involvement:
12. Whether FEL should join British Standards Institution:
13. FEL's views on Language Rights:
15. Date of next meeting: Some time in January or February 1998, to be decided.