The Endangered Languages Archive (ELAR) is a digital repository for preserving multimedia collections of endangered languages from all over the world, making them available for future generations.

ELAR’s mission is to:

  • provide a safe long-term repository for language documentation collections
  • train and support depositors in collection creation and preservation
  • make collections accessible free of charge to researchers, communities, and the public
  • support users in discovering and accessing recordings

In ELAR’s collections you can find recordings of every-day conversations, instructions on how to build fish traps or boats, explanations of kinship systems and the use of medicinal plants, and learn about art forms like string figures and sand drawings. ELAR’s collections are unique records of local knowledge systems encoded in their languages, described by the holders of the knowledge themselves. The ELAR Blog allows you to delve into our collections behind the scenes.

Meet some of the faces behind ELAR’s collections

Recent posts

Editing Masterclass by Chouette Films

This week on the ELAR blog, we’d like to share a great resource to help you edit videos for your…

Registration for NEWCON2020 open until 30 April

We are pleased to announce that New Contexts for the Use of Minoritized Languages/Varieties NEWCON 2020 will take virtually 26-28 May…

Behind the scenes: a year of home office at ELAR & ELDP

On the 26th of March 2020 the UK’s first lockdown measures legally came into force, meaning we have now been…

Project Profile: Zapal, an oral literature genre of the Bunaq Lamaknen

Today on the ELAR blog, Antoinette Schapper discusses her project ‘Documenting Zapal among the Bunaq people of Lamaknen in West…

Western Desert Verbal Arts

On the 26th of February 2021 the Western Desert Verbal Arts Collections were inscribed into the UNESCO Australian Memory of…

And the DELAMAN Award goes to…

Karolina Grzech for her ELAR collection ‘Upper Napo Kichwa: documentation of language and culture’! Depositpage image for Karolina Grzech’s collection…

6 Tips for getting the most out of ELAR’s new platform

1. First thing’s first: Register with us! If you’re new to ELAR, registering (i.e. creating an account) will allow you…

ELAR launches new platform

The Endangered Language Archive (ELAR) is excited to announce the launch of its new archiving platform powered by Preservica on February…

Project Highlight: Documentation of Hawaii Sign Language: Building the Foundation for Documentation, Conservation, and Revitalization of Endangered Pacific Island Sign Languages

This week on the ELAR blog, James Woodward shares a highlight from his ELDP project. Woody is researching Hawai`i Sign…

New Alpha version of lameta released

A few months ago we introduced the new metadata tool lameta on the ELAR blog. Since then the tool has…

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