Congrats to Lauren and new funding source

Randy LaPolla randy.lapolla at
Sun Oct 20 13:55:49 UTC 2013

Hi Everyone,
Happened to see this item about Lauren Gawne getting a grant to work on Kagate from the Awesome Foundation (yes, that is really the name of the foundation, as they fund "awesome" projects).

So this message is to congratulate Lauren, but also to let people know about this possible source of funds for fieldwork.


Local Philanthropists Fund Project to Save Dying Language
News • Posted by Carley on January 09, 2012

The Awesome Foundation of Ottawa Gives December Grant to Create an Endangered Language Dictionary

7 Jan 2012

Ottawa, ON – Kagate is an endangered language with perhaps less than one thousand remaining speakers in Nepal. Now, with a $1,000 grant infusion from the Awesome Foundation of Ottawa, one researcher is working to ensure the language is documented and proactively maintained.

Lauren Gawne, an Australian-based linguist, is the latest recipient of an Awesome Ottawa grant. Gawne first encountered Kagate while working in Nepal on the unrecorded language Lamjung Yolmo, for which she has published a small dictionary.

Only two publications on Kagate exist to date, both descriptive rather than reference works. Gawne managed to locate and digitise a single typewritten dictionary of the language written in the 1970s, but with help from the Awesome Foundation she is now able to train, equip, and support a local speaker’s efforts “to record his language before it’s too late.”

Gawne is heading back to Nepal in early 2012 to begin the project, which she hopes will reach both speakers of the language and the wider population.

Awesome Ottawa is a local branch of an ever-growing, worldwide network of people devoted to advancing the interest of awesomeness in the universe. First started in Boston in 2009, the Awesome Foundation of the Arts and Sciences provides, in the words of an Ottawa trustee, “micro-genius grants for flashes of micro-brilliance”. Every month, Awesome Ottawa provides a $1,000 grant, no strings attached, to fund a local project. The only criteria: That the project be awesome. 


For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Carley Centen at contact at You can also visit, or follow the Foundation on Twitter @AwesomeOttawa and on Facebook at

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