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Applicant's details:


Date of birth:



Mother tongue:

Affiliation (institution):

Name of supervisor (if applicable):

Contact address for duration of research (if known):


Description/Definition of the language(s)

(If you require more space, please continue on a separate sheet)

Known or presumed affiliation:

Geographical location:

Adjacent languages (genetically and geographically):

Number of known first-language speakers:

Number of known second-language speakers:

Is the language being passed on to younger generations?

If so, by what means?

Is the language viewed by its speakers as a distinct language or as a dialect?

Language(s) of communication with neighbouring communities:

Is this communication in other languages general or limited to certain spheres of activity?

Has the language been documented before? (If so, please attach a bibliography)

Have sound recordings of the language been made, transcribed or analyzed?

Is the language written?

Is the orthography in general use by the speech community?

Was the orthography devised specifically for this language?

Does the community have literacy in other languages?

Describe the current spheres and range of use of the language. (media, religious/ceremonial use, spoken communication, &c.)


Nature of the threat

Please describe the nature of the current threat to the language, and the process of attrition as far as is known, citing statistical evidence wherever possible


Nature of the research

Describe the project you wish to undertake.

Will your research be conducted alone or in collaboration with others?

If with others, how many (excluding informants)

?Is your research part of a larger project?

Has research been done on the language previously? [If so, refer to bibliography above]

In what way will your research supplement previous research?

Estimated duration of project:

(At the end of the term of the project you will be expected to submit a report on your activities and to account for the disbursement of funds)

In what way will your project help the speech community?

How much time will you need to spend:

- in the field?

- in other research, preparation and travel?

How will the results of your work be made public?


Applicant's qualifications

Describe your academic qualifications and/or previous experience in linguistic or anthropological field-work.


Budget [including undertaking to prove use of funds at the end of the agreed term of the project]

Please attach to this application an itemized list of the funds you will require, giving documentary evidence of costs wherever possible. Include such items as:

- travel within the country/language area (travel to the area may also be budgeted, but allocation will be considered separately);

- accommodation;

- materials (tape recording equipment &c.).

- payment of research assistants/informants.

If your project involves provision of materials for the speech community, please itemize these separately, including production costs.

Do you have/Have you been granted other sources of funding? If so, please specify.

Other comments in support of your application:


Research on already extinct languages: notes for applicants

Funding may also be considered for archival research on languages which are no longer spoken. Expenses involved in the use of archives, and a study stipend for a fixed period may be made available in some cases, where the applicant can provide evidence that the archive material has not yet been published or made generally available.

Applicant's Undertaking

The Foundation for Endangered Languages provides research funds as a charitable body, and therefore the recipients of its grants must be able to prove that their work is of public benefit, and they must make the results of their work publicly available. Before publication, permission should also be sought from informants for the use of any materials or statements they supply. Therefore applicants are obliged to sign the following undertaking:

1. I undertake to provide full accounts of my disbursement of the funds granted, and to return any unused funds to the Foundation at the end of the period specified in this application. I shall provide receipts and other documentary evidence wherever possible.

2. I undertake to provide the Foundation with a list of recommendations for further monitoring of the language after the expiry of my grant.

3. I undertake to publish the results of my research and to make them available to the Foundation for evaluation. Before publication I will seek the permission of my informants for the use of all statements or materials they have supplied.