We are proposing the establishment of an Interdisciplinary Institute for the Study of Language and Literacy (IISLL). The IISLL will support research directed at a broad range of issues concerning language and literacy throughout the lifespan. It reflects a general theme of research that cuts across several colleges, departments, and student services and as such, has the promise of leading to interdisciplinary research, teaching, and community outreach and service endeavors. Language and literacy research naturally includes both basic and applied scholarship and, therefore, IISLL will map onto several strategic plan initiatives (Initiatives 1, 2, and 3) and will bring these together into one Institute. Here is the Original Proposal (IISLL) to review