NDFL; was "Central Asian Linguists Wanted"

hans henrich hock hhhock at UX1.CSO.UIUC.EDU
Mon Oct 1 14:23:07 UTC 2001

This, in fact, is the problem almost anywhere you go.  Perhaps there
is a chance that in the aftermath of these attacks, universities and
the federal government will put money into supporting languages that
won't attract huge enrollments are strategically important.  Will
they show the foresight to do so?

Hans Henrich Hock

>As Christian points out, the FLAS program continues to function.  However,
>even under this program, the universities are generally trying to find
>languages which will have a reasonable enrollment.  That means it is easier
>to teach languages like Hindi/Urdu, but it is difficult to sustain
>languages like Pashtu.  That is why it has been difficult to find
>institutions teaching Pashtu.  At the University of Michigan, Hindi/Urdu
>teaching costs are covered through reasonably high enrollments, but the
>teaching costs for Punjabi are covered through an endowment from the Sikh
>community, while the teaching costs for Tamil are covered in part from a
>contribution from the local Tamil Sangam.  But it has not been possible for
>us to expand to include other languages from South Asia.
>Madhav Deshpande
>--On Monday, October 01, 2001, 11:46 AM +0200 "Christian K. Wedemeyer"
><wedemeyer at HUM.KU.DK> wrote:
> > NDFL was not "allowed to lapse."  It merely had its name changed to
> > FLAS (Foreign Language and Area Studies), so as to camouflage its
> > Cold War/Sputnik roots.
> >
> > Even as we speak, students continue to be funded by this program. .
> > .and who knows?  Some of them may even be able to get jobs now!
> >
> > Best,
> >
> > Christian
> >
> >
> >> What ever happened to all those graduate students whose PhDs were partly
> >> subsidized by the National Defense Foreign Languages Act in the 60s?
> >> All retired by now, or gone?  When was the NDFL program allowed to lapse?
> >>
> >> Joanna Kirkpatrick
> >> =======================================
> >>
> >> ----- Original Message -----
> >> From: "Dominik Wujastyk" <ucgadkw at UCL.AC.UK>
> >> Sent: Friday, September 28, 2001 10:42 AM
> >> Subject: Central Asian Linguists Wanted (fwd)
> >>
> >>
> >>>  Hmm.  I wondered whether this would happen.  Interesting.
> >>>
> >>>  ---------- Forwarded message ----------
>Madhav M. Deshpande
>Professor of Sanskrit and Linguistics
>Department of Asian Languages and Cultures
>3070 Frieze Building
>The University of Michigan
>Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-1285, USA

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