Media Advisory 05-011
Documenting Endangered Languages
June 7, 2005
Linguistics experts estimate that almost half of the world's 6,000-7,000 existing languages--and the cultural, linguistic and cognitive information they encapsulate--are headed for oblivion. In response, the National Science Foundation (NSF), in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), has launched a multi-year "rescue mission" to document and preserve key languages before they become extinct. More than 70 at-risk languages will be digitally archived as part of their new Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL) awards program.
Reporters are invited to attend a briefing on June 14 to explore the DEL program and to highlight three current research projects that underscore its value and goals.
What: Briefing - "Documenting Endangered Languages"
Who: David Lightfoot, NSF assistant director of Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences
Carole Watson, NEH assistant chairman for Partnerships and National Affairs
Joan Maling, NSF program director of linguistics
Seth Kramer, Ironbound Films, Inc.
Susan Penfield, University of Arizona
Lise Dobrin, University of Virginia
When: Tuesday, June 14, 2005, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Where: National Science Foundation
4201 Wilson Blvd., Room 110
Arlington, Va. 22230
(Ballston Metro stop)
- Enter at corner of 9th & Stuart
- Go directly to Rm. 110 on the left (no need to check in with security)
For directions: http://www.nsf.gov/about/visit/
To listen and ask questions via speaker phone: Dial Toll Free No. 1-877-716-1362 Passcode: 697899
RSVP (media only) to firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information and a detailed agenda, contact:
Media: Nicole Mahoney (email@example.com)
Others: Susan Mason (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Susan M. Mason, NSF, (703) 292-7748, email@example.com
Nicole Mahoney, NSF, (703) 292-5321, firstname.lastname@example.org
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