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Coverage for grant FN-50063-10

Natugu: Grammar Sketch and Texts
Brenda Boerger, Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics

Grant details:

Documenting Endangered Languages fellowship received (Media Coverage)
Author(s): staff
Date: 12/4/2010
Abstract: As part of a multi-year funding partnership to preserve and document endangered languages, The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) have granted Dr. Brenda H. Boerger, SIL linguist, a 12-month DEL (Documenting Endangered Languages) fellowship. “This is a rescue mission to save endangered languages,” NEH Chairman Bruce Cole said about the DEL awards. “Language is the DNA of a culture, and it is the vehicle for the traditions, customs, stories, history and beliefs of a people. A lost language is a lost culture. Fortunately, with the aid of modern technology and these federal funds, linguistics scholars can document and record these languages before they become extinct.” Dr. Brenda H. Boerger lived in the Solomon Islands for nearly 20 years as advisor to the Natügu Language Project, and worked alongside the Natügu people in language development efforts.