Please support research on endangered languages

King, Dr Alexander D. a.king at ABDN.AC.UK
Mon Aug 5 01:02:53 UTC 2013

Dear Colleagues,

I received the request below to fill out a very short survey on logistics and support needs for research in the North. It is aimed at Big Science, where they will spend millions getting ice cores and other stuff that mainly confirms things we already know (yeah, it's getting warmer and there's more pollutants in the atmosphere). Linguists don't need icebreakers and big equipment, but they can always use more funding opportunities.

Even if you don't work in the north, please fill out the survey linked below to plug financial support for research on endangered languages in the arctic . It may amount to nothing, or it may be a great help to colleagues working in the north. It just takes 5 minutes. Well, it took me 10, but that is because I have Siberian bandwidth.

Full text of the email with an explanation is below.


Begin forwarded message:

> From: Cherylyn Mazo <Cherylyn.Mazo at>
> Subject: [IASSA.Net] RE: US NRC Study on Emerging Arctic Research Questions - questionnaire and request for input
> Date: 31 July, 2013 6:33:50 AM GMT+12:00
> To: Undisclosed recipients:;
> ________________________________
> From: Brown, Lauren M. [LBrown2 at]
> Sent: Monday, July 29, 2013 11:40 AM
> Subject: US NRC Study on Emerging Arctic Research Questions - questionnaire and request for input
> Hello,
> I am working with Stephanie Pfirman and Henry Huntington on a U.S. National Academies’ Polar Research Board study to examine the emerging research questions in the Arctic over the next 10-20 years (more information can be found here: The committee is currently requesting broad community input in the form of a short questionnaire: We are trying to encourage as much participation as possible, and it would be extremely helpful to have input from the social science community. I’ve included the email announcement below, if that is helpful.
> With kind regards,
> Lauren
> --
> Dear Colleagues,
> The Committee on Emerging Research Questions in the Arctic of the National Research Council (NRC) is looking for your assistance. This committee is charged to provide guidance on future research questions in the Arctic over the next 10-20 years, identifying the key scientific questions that are emerging (i.e., only now becoming possible to ask or address) in different realms of Arctic science and exploring both disciplinary realms (e.g., marine, terrestrial, atmosphere, cryosphere, and social sciences) and cross cutting realms (e.g., integrated systems science and sustainability science).
> To help us accomplish our goals, the committee would like to draw widely on the expertise and experience of the Arctic science community. We kindly request your assistance by filling out a short questionnaire:
> Thank you for taking time to provide input to this study. We request your contribution by Friday, August 23, 2013. Please feel free to share this email and the survey link with your colleagues.
> If you would like to be kept abreast of the study and notified when the Committee’s report is available, please provide your contact information here:
> Thank you,
> Stephanie Pfirman, Barnard College, Committee Co-Chair
> Henry Huntington, Pew Charitable Trusts, Committee Co-Chair
> Maggie Walser, National Research Council, Study Director
> Questions can be directed to Lauren Brown at the NRC: LBrown2 at
> [Please note: we are circulating this request widely; our apologies if you receive it more than once.]
> Lauren Brown
> Research Associate
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