FW: Petition for KOTUS (Res. Inst. for Lang's of Finland)

Don Osborn dzo at bisharat.net
Tue Nov 18 17:06:25 UTC 2008

Fwd from the Unicode list. Is anyone looking at the effects of the global
financial crisis on support for implementation of language policies,
language planning, research, materials development and teaching for minority
languages, etc.? 

-----Original Message-----

Forwarded on behalf of concerned Uralicists.

Dear Colleagues,

The Finnish Ministry of Education is planning extensive cuts to the funding
of the Research Institute for the Languages of Finland ("Kotus",
www.kotus.fi). This would force Kotus to cut down its personnel by one third
by 2015, which would endanger many important functions and make the
initiation of new projects practically impossible.

Many concerned colleagues and other citizens (by now, more than 1200) have
already signed a group petition for Kotus now available (in Finnish and
Swedish) at http://www.adressit.com/kotus_focis . If you read Finnish or
Swedish and feel concerned for Kotus and its services (such as the corpus
server kaino.kotus.fi or the new online version of the Finnish grammar "Iso
suomen kielioppi" at http://scripta.kotus.fi/visk/
  ), please visit the link and consider signing.


Univ.-Prof. Dr. Johanna Laakso
Universität Wien
EVSL Abteilung Finno-Ugristik
Campus AAKH Spitalg. 2-4 Hof 7
A-1090 Wien
johanna.laakso at univie.ac.at || http://homepage.univie.ac.at/Johanna.Laakso/

If your Finnish isn't all that great, scroll down to the bottom.  
Etunimi is your first name, Sukunimi is your family name, Paikkakunta is
your locality, Kyllä indicates Yes you support the petition, and
Allekirjoita adressi is the button you push to register your support.


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