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

Documentation of Oubi

This week on the ELAR Blog, wildlife veterinarian Jenny Jaffe writes about documenting Oubi in Côte d’Ivoire while researching chimpanzees…

UNTEACH: a Shadow Heroes Festival

We are pleased to announce that ELAR and the SOAS World Languages Institute, together with Shadow Heroes and the Institute…

Community Member Bio: Sara Karami

This week on the ELAR Blog, ELDP grantee Yassaman Choubsaz interviews her research assistant Sara Karami about her collaboration on…

زبان اشاره ایرانی در کرمانشاه

ین هفته در وبلاگمان، یاسمن چوب‌ساز، با همکار خود سارا کرمی درباره‌ی مستند‌سازی زبان اشاره ایرانی مصاحبه می‌کند. از اینجا…

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…

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