Project Statement Samples VII


In order for any project to have an impact in the world it must be disseminated to a wider audience. This project could be important for those entities responsible for preparing future teachers as well as for policy makers involved in educational endeavors, and every effort will be made to communicate results to these constituencies. Specifically, results from this project will be disseminated at major national and international conferences in the U.S. and Europe, such as the [a group of professional associations]. In addition, results will be communicated through publications in journals such as [group of professional journals]. As a praxis-oriented researcher, I will also share results with those teachers, administrators, and policy makers who are involved in the project. The goal will be to have broader conversations about what the research means and what we can do with the results, as individuals and as institutions.

We will disseminate our scholarly findings in scientific and engineering journals and conferences. We expect that biomaterials, biomechanics, tissue engineering, physics, and cardiovascular mechanics audiences will find our results interesting and exciting. We will also disseminate our educational work in engineering education conferences and journals (e.g., ASEE) and by publishing the aforementioned co-edited laboratory manual.

Lingala is undoubtedly the single most important and influential African language in Central Africa …. Lingala is the dominant trade language along the mighty Congo River (the 2nd largest river in the world after the Amazon) and its dozens of major tributaries. It is also the dominant language of daily communication in Kinshasa, the capital city (with an estimated population of over 8,000,000), and serves as the official language of the armed and security forces and the (Catholic) diocese of Kinshasa. With the prospect for peace, democratization, and socio-economic development in DRC and its emergence as the leading economic powerhouse in Africa, Lingala will very likely become the quintessential lingua franca of central, eastern, and southern Africa. It is in some respects in Central Africa what Kiswahili is to Eastern Africa….Overall, it is estimated that Lingala is spoken as a first, second, and additional language by over 25,000,000 people in Central Africa, with DRC and ROC as the primary loci. With the eventual socio-economic development of DRC and political stability, its emergence as the leading engine of Africa will make Lingala a critical investment language. Hence, the publication of a comprehensive reference grammar is warranted and most propitious. In spite of this functional importance and potential across a variety of life domains, however, Lingala, like many other major African linguae francae, remains grossly understudied. While there are a few old grammatical monographs in English and French, textbooks of varying quality, and dictionaries, there exists no reference grammar of any sort. As a member of the estimated 500 Bantu languages sub-family that dominates the Niger-Congo phylum, Lingala represents not only a gold mine in its structural complexity as a Bantu language, but also opens a window into Central Bantu languages that it typifies in all areas of the grammar. As such it invites and demands an in-depth analysis to discover and explicate its structural complexity, and thereby extend and test current linguistic theories. The Comprehensive Reference Grammar of Lingala envisaged here seeks to fill this gap and advance our knowledge in Bantu and general linguistics. It will also serve as a basic tool for researchers, translators, book-writers, and learners of the language. And in the absence other comprehensive reference grammars of any other Bantu languages, it is expected to become a model for the production of similar reference tools for other Bantu linguae francae, as well as serve the wider constituencies of learners and scholars in interested institutions, and government functionaries in the diplomatic corps, business people, etc.