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

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…

Entrevista con las hermanas Sonia y Mónica Vita

Esta semana en el blog de ELAR Pablo Fuentes, becario de ELDP, entrevista a las hermanas Sonia y Mónica Vita…

Community Members Bio: Sisters Sonia and Mónica Vita

This week on the ELAR blog, ELDP grantee and ELAR depositor Pablo Fuentes interviews sisters Sonia and Mónica Vita Manquepi, two…

Día de Muertos en las colecciones de ELAR

El día de muertos es una de las festividades más icónicas de México. Se celebra cada año entre el 31…

ELAR celebrates UNESCO World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

Today on the ELAR blog, we celebrate UNESCO’s World Day for Audiovisual Heritage by highlighting a few ELAR collections that…

The Colour of Words – Bloomsbury Festival 2020

Artist Mary Kuper will present a series of paintings on colour terms in different languages with the title ‘The Colour…

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