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Web Resources

www.aaanet.org American Anthropological Association (AAA)

www.aam-us.org American Association of Museums (AAM)

www.actfl.org American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)

www.americandialect.org American Dialect Society (ADS)

www.aera.net American Educational Research Association (AERA)

www.ala.org American Library Association ( ALA)

American Psychological Association (APA)
The American Psychological Association is a scientific and professional organization that represents psychology in the United States. It is the largest association of psychologists in the world.

 American Translators Association (ATA)
The American Translators Association is the largest professional association of translators and interpreters in the U. S. with members in over 60 countries. Its goals include fostering and supporting the professional development of translators and interpreters and promoting the translation and interpreting professions.

 Center for Applied Linguistics ( CAL)
The Center for Applied Linguistics aims to promote and improve the teaching and learning of languages, identify and solve problems related to language and culture, and serve as a resource for information about language and culture.

Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL)
The University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) is the national laboratory for advanced research and development on language and national security.

Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
The Central Intelligence Agency supports the President, the National Security Council, and all who make and execute U.S. national security policy by providing accurate, evidence-based, comprehensive, and timely foreign intelligence related to national security; and conducting counterintelligence activities, special activities, and other functions related to foreign intelligence and national security as directed by the President.

Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC)
The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center and Presidio of Monterey is the primary foreign language training institution within the Department of Defense. It conducts full-time foreign language resident training, exercising technical control of nonresident foreign language training in the Defense Foreign Language Program. It also provides foreign language services to the Department of Defense, government agencies, and foreign governments.

** Dunwoody Press
Dunwoody Press has been publishing language-learning materials on the less commonly taught languages since 1984. To date, publications exceed 130 and include over 90 languages from Armenian and Azerbaijani to Swahili and Zulu. Materials in several languages that have risen to worldwide prominence and awareness are available, such as Pashto, Dari, Iraqi Arabic, Somali, Sudanese Arabic, Korean, and Punjabi. The products include a broad mix of Readers, Textbooks, Dictionaries, Grammars, Handbooks, and Common Expressions.

Educator’s Reference Desk
The Educator’s Reference Desk builds on over a quarter century of experience providing high-quality resources and services to the education community. From the Information Institute of Syracuse, the people who created AskERIC, the Gateway to Educational Materials, and the Virtual Reference Desk, The Educator’s Reference Desk brings you the resources you have come to depend on: 2,000+ lesson plans, 3,000 links to online education information, and 200+ question archive responses.

Ethnologue is an encyclopedic reference work cataloging all of the world's 6,912 known living languages.

 Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is a federal grant-making agency that promotes leadership, innovation, and lifetime of learning by supporting the nation's museums and libraries.

Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR)
The Interagency Language Roundtable is an unfunded Federal interagency organization established for the coordination and sharing of information about language-related activities at the Federal level.

 International Dyslexia Association
(formerly The Orton Dyslexia Society)
The International Dyslexia Association is a scientific and educational organization dedicated to the study and treatment of the learning disability, dyslexia. It serves individuals with dyslexia, their families, and professionals in the field.

 International Reading Association (IRA)
The International Reading Association is a professional membership organization dedicated to promoting high levels of literacy for all by improving the quality of reading instruction, disseminating research and information about reading, and encouraging the lifetime reading habit.

 Joint National Committee for Languages (JNCL) and
National Council for Languages and International Studies (NCLIS)
The mission of the Joint National Committee for Languages and the National Council for Languages and International Studies is that member organizations of JNCL and NCLIS are united in their belief that all Americans must have the opportunity to learn and use English and at least one other language.

 Library of Congress
The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution serving as the research arm of the Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with more than 120 million items on approximately 530 miles of bookshelves. The collections include more than 18 million books, 2.5 million recordings, 12 million photographs, 4.5 million maps, and 54 million manuscripts. The Library's mission is to make its resources available and useful to Congress and the American people and to sustain and preserve a universal collection of knowledge and creativity for future generations.

Linguasphere Register of the World's Languages and Speech Communities
The Linguasphere Register of the World's Languages and Speech Communities has been developed as part of the work of the Linguasphere Observatory, an independent organization devoted to the worldwide study and promotion of multilingualism.

Linguist List
The Linguist List was designed to provide a forum where academic linguists can discuss linguistic issues and exchange linguistic information.

 Linguistics Society of America (LSA)
The Linguistics Society of America was established for the advancement of the scientific study of language.

Modern Language Association (MLA)
The Modern Language Association is dedicated to strengthening the study and teaching of language and literature.

National Academy of Sciences (NAS)
The National Academy of Sciences, the National Research Council, the National Academy of Engineering, and the Institute of Medicine, provide a public service by working outside the framework of government to ensure independent advice on matters of science, technology, and medicine. The results of their deliberations have inspired some of Americas most significant and lasting efforts to improve the health, education, and welfare of the population.

National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
The National Association for the Education of Young Children is the nation’s largest and most influential organization of early childhood educators and others dedicated to improving the quality of programs for children from birth through third grade.

 National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development is part of the National Institutes of Health, the biomedical research arm of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The mission of NICHD is to ensure that every person is born healthy and wanted, that women suffer no harmful effects from the reproductive process, and that all children have the chance to fulfill their potential for a healthy and productive life, free of disease or isability.

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)
The National Council of Teachers of English promotes the development of literacy, the use of language to construct personal and public worlds and to achieve full participation in society, through the learning and teaching of English and the related arts and sciences of language.

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
The National Endowment for the Humanities is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.

National Foreign Language Center (NFLC)
The National Foreign Language Center serves as the nation’s principal institutional resource for strategic planning and drafting of policy for language in the United States. The Center’s mission is to improve the capacity of the U.S. to communicate in languages other than English.

National Science Foundation (NSF)
The National Science Foundation was established by an act of the U.S. Congress to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense.

National Security Agency (NSA)
The National Security Agency is the U.S. Government’s cryptologic organization. It coordinates, directs, and performs highly specialized activities to protect U.S. information systems and produce foreign intelligence information.

National Virtual Translation Center (NVTC)
The National Virtual Translation Center was established in February 2003 for the purpose of providing timely and accurate translations of foreign intelligence for all elements of the U.S. Intelligence Community.

Online Resources for Endangered Languages (OREL)
The Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project has just updated OREL:
Online Resources for Endangered Languages.  This bilingual library of
annotated and categorized links now includes a total of more than 300
resources in English and Arabic, covering language endangerment and
revitalization, technology and techniques, ethical issues, and funding sources.
To access OREL in English, go to:
http://www.hrelp.org/languages/resources/orel/ ;  to access it in Arabic,
go to  http://www.hrelp.org/languages/resources/orel-ar/.

Oxford English Dictionary (OED)
The Oxford English Dictionary is the accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium. It is a guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words, both present and past. It traces the usage of words through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of international English language sources, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts and cook books.

Rosetta Project
The Rosetta Project is a global collaboration of language specialists and native speakers working to develop a contemporary version of the historic Rosetta stone. In this updated iteration, the Project’s goal is to construct a meaningful survey and near permanent archive of 1,000 languages. In addition, the Project’s intention is to create a unique platform for comparative linguistic research and education as well as a functional linguistic tool that might help in the recovery or revitalization of lost languages in unknown futures.

SCOLA Foreign Language Network (SCOLA)
SCOLA Foreign Language Network is a non-profit broadcasting company that supplies authentic foreign language programming for the purposes of supporting foreign language instruction, regional studies, and improving global understanding.

Society for Textual Scholarship
The Society for Textual Scholarship is an organization devoted to providing a forum for the discussion of the interdisciplinary implications of current research into various aspects of contemporary textual work: the discovery, enumeration, description, bibliographical analysis, editing, and annotation of texts in disciplines such as literature, history, musicology, classical and biblical studies, philosophy, art history, legal history, history of science and technology, computer science, library science, lexicography, epigraphy, paleography, cinema studies, theater, linguistics, and textual and literary theory.

Southern Conference on Language Teaching (SCOLT)
The Southern Conference on Language Teaching is one of five regional affiliates of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (refer to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages entry above).

Smithsonian Institution
"The Smithsonian is committed to enlarging our shared understanding of the mosaic that is our national identity by providing authoritative experiences that connect us to our history and our heritage as Americans and to promoting innovation, research and discovery in science. These commitments have been central to the Smithsonian since its founding more than 155 years ago." Lawrence M. Small, Secretary of the Smithsonian

Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL)
The Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL), also known as SIL International, is a faith-based organization that studies, documents, and assists in developing the world's lesser-known languages.

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Linguapax
The Linguapax Institute was created to promote policies that protect language diversity and that foster the learning of several languages.

** Wikipedia--Ranking Of World's Language Wikipedia has abstracted information from SIL's ethnologue to present a fascinating overview of how the languages of the world are ranked, from those with over a hundred million speakers, down to those with fewer than one million speakers.  While there is some debate and controversy over some of the statistics, it is an exciting and important first look at how different languages rate.

** Your Dictionary-- Endangered Languages This website provides an excellent overview with several stimulating articles about how many languages are in danger of dying out, what the process involves, what some of the technical terms mean (e.g., moribund, dying, endangered).


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