Travel grants
Also in 2020 CIPL awards five travel grants of 500 euros (approx. US$550) for participation in a linguistics conference. Every advanced student in linguistics without a PhD is eligible to receive a once-only grant to help fund their participation in a linguistics conference. Applications should be sent to The call is open twice a year: from March 1st till May 15th and from October 1st till November 15th. Please read the procedure and fill in the application form.

CIPSH Chair: Ethnolinguistic Vitality and Diversity in the World
During the 14th CIPL Conference at Humboldt University Berlin, a petition was drafted and presented to CIPL to bring the endangered language question to the attention of linguists and the general public. Now, three decades later, CIPL, together with the University of Leiden, has established a CIPSH Chair on Ethnolinguistic Vitality and Diversity in the World. The chair wants to promote a language policy based on diversity, which must lead to a better knowledge of cultures and of the richness of different cultures, which is one of CIPSH’s priorities. Read more.

Interview Prof Ferenc Kiefer
Ferenc Kiefer (1931) has been a faithful servant to CIPL during a period of exactly ten years in the role of President. Before he was elected President though, he had been the official delegate from the Hungarian Academy of Science to our General Assembly for many years. Honorary Secretary-General of CIPL, Prof Piet van Sterkenburg, interviewed Prof Kiefer in November last year.

Workshop ‘Sociolinguistics of Language Endangerment’
On July 22nd and 23rd 2020 CIPL co-organizes a workshop in Thailand at the Salaya campus of Mahidol University. The workshop theme is: Mapping Endangered Languages. There have been various attempted inventories of the endangered languages of the world, some stand-alone and others embedded in overall surveys. The aim of this workshop is to bring the leaders in all the main projects together and work out a co-operative way forward. Read more.

Retro-digitization Linguistic Bibliography
The Foundation Bibliographie Linguistique has decided to fund the retrodigitization of early volumes of the Linguistic Bibliography. These 45 volumes (covering the years 1939-1992) wil be converted into an open access database that will be available free of charge to any internet user. The project will take 5 years, during which about 110,000 new records and 540,000 retro-digitized records will be added to the database. By the end of the retro-digitization project in 2024, the Linguistic Bibliography Online is expected to contain 1.1 million records, about half of which will be open access.

Promoting the Linguistic Bibliography Online
The marketing department of Brill Publishers have been working hard to promote the LB Online. Please check the LBO user guide or check YouTube for a promotion video.

Introducing SHESL
In every newsletter one or two members of CIPL will introduce themselves. In the first letter we learned more about Abralin and HiSoN. In this second newsletter you can read all about SHESL (Société d’Histoire et d’Epistémologie des Sciences du Langage).

Brazilian indigenous languages
The Brazilian Linguistics Association (ABRALIN) calls for our attention for the Aryon Rodrigues Funding, a platform to finance projects of documentation and description of Brazilian indigenous languages.

The Evolution of Language
The Evolving Language National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) is researching the evolution of language more broadly than any other research centre to date. The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) has assigned 35 million Swiss francs to this research. Read the announcement here.

The Centenary of Euskaltzaindia
The year 2019 was a landmark in the career of Euskaltzaindia (the Royal Academy of the Basque Language), since it was the 100th anniversary of the Academy. On the occasion of the Centenary, five different kinds of activities were carried out; academic activities (conferences, publications, themed exhibitions), institutional activities, artistic-cultural activities, actions to reflect the first 100 years of Euskaltzaindia and many other different events. Read all about the Centenary of Euskaltzaindia.

Workshop ‘Disrupting Digital Monolingualism’
On 16th and 17th June 2020 the Department of Digital Humanities, King’s College London, will host an international workshop on languages in critical digital theory and practice. Visit their website to read all about this workshop and the call for proposals.

Lexicography in (computer) science
In November 2019, at the Lorentz workshop about the Future of Academic Lexicography, Laurent Romary, Directeur de Recherche at Inria, France and former director general of, talked about the place of lexicography in (computer) science. Check his PowerPoint slides here.

Secretary-General: Prof Frieda Steurs
Associate Secretary-General: Prof Camiel Hamans
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