Jessie Little Doe Baird has been awarded a MacArthur Fellows "genius grant" of $500,000 for her work on reviving the Wampanoag language, spoken in eastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod until the mid-19th century. Baird is a Mashpee linguist and the program director of the Wôpanâak Language Reclamation Project. Her 6-year-old daughter is possibly the only child since the 19th century raised from birth to speak Wampanoag (or, in that language, Wôpanâak). Baird is also one of the principal authors of a developing 10,000-word Wampanoag-English dictionary. For the complete story, visit the Boston Globe.
The 18th Biennial meeting of the Dictionary Society of North America will be held at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The program will begin with a reception on the evening of Wednesday, 8 June and continue through Saturday, 11 June 2011. McGill Library's Rare Books and Special Collections Department will be preparing an exhibit based on their lexicography holdings, which include early North American First Nations language dictionaries and glossaries, and mono- and bilingual works in French and English. Those wishing to present papers (no longer than 20 minutes) should send 250-word abstracts to Lise Winer no later than 15 January 2011. Abstracts for papers on any topic relating to the history, theory, or practice of lexicography are welcome. Abstracts for papers about bilingual lexicography are especially encouraged, as are suggestions for panels, roundtables and other presentation formats.
Queries by mail should be sent to Lise Winer, Faculty of Education, McGill University, 3700 McTavish, Montreal, Quebec H3A 1Y2 CANADA.
The conference website will be up and running in November.
The 11th Nordic Conference on Lexicography welcomes professional lexicographers, publishers, researchers, software developers and others interested in dictionaries of all types. The program will include parallel sessions, software demonstrations and specialized workshops, a book and software exhibition and social events for participants and their guests. Plenary speakers will be DSNA member John Simpson, chief editor of the Oxford English Dictionary; Godelieve Laureys, professor of Nordic languages at Ghent University; and Bo Ralph, professor of Nordic languages at Göteborg University.
The conference will take place in Lund, Sweden, May 24-27, 2011; the conference languages are the Scandinavian languages, but papers in English will be accepted. The Conference is organized by the Swedish Academy Dictionary, in cooperation with the Nordic Association of Lexicography (NFL) and the Language Council of Norway.
The application period is open for the Documenting Endangered Languages (DEL) grant program. The deadline to apply is September 15. This multi-year funding partnership between the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) supports projects to develop and advance knowledge concerning endangered human languages. Made urgent by the imminent death of an estimated half of the 6000-7000 currently used human languages, this effort aims also to exploit advances in information technology.
Funding will support fieldwork and other activities relevant to recording, documenting, and archiving endangered languages, including the preparation of lexicons, grammars, text samples, and databases. Funding will be available in the form of one- to three-year project grants as well as fellowships for up to twelve months. At least half the available funding will be awarded to projects involving fieldwork. Awards include $12,000 to $150,000 for standard or continuing grants per year for one to three years, and $4,200 per month for fellowships lasting from six to twelve months.
Applicants should refer directly to the NSF posting to verify all detail, including deadlines and available grants.
Here's an entertaining blog-post from the Wall Street Journal, about the predicament of the Shan family village of Shandong province, whose surname cannot be handled by standard word-processing programs. As the blog points out, the Kangxi Zidian (a centuries-old handwritten name register) does not have that problem. Read all about it here.