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

Language: Documentation and Theory (ELAR / ZAS)- Gender fluidity in Chamalal

In November 2021 the Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS) and the Endangered Languages Archive (ELAR) launched a new lecture series titled…

Language: Documentation and Theory (ELAR / ZAS)- Documenting and analyzing phonetic raritiesː The bilabial trills of Ahamb (Vanuatu)

The Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS) and the Endangered Languages Archive (ELAR) are launching a new lecture series titled Language: Documentation…

Job opportunity at ELAR

The Endangered Languages Archive is looking for a Digital Archivist / Research Data Manager to join the team at the…

Book Launch: Voices from the Lost Horizon

During the Berlin Science Week 2021, Anvita Abbi will present her latest book “Voices from the Lost Horizon: Stories and…

A conversation on endangered languages and their documentation

An American Friends of SOAS webinar on Endangered Languages Documentation will take place on Thursday 28 October 2021. A conversation…

ELDP Job Opportunity

The Endangered Languages Documentation Programme is looking for a Capacity Development Officer for modern language documentation to join the team…

Project Highlight: Waima/Roro Dictionary

Today on the ELAR blog we will showcase some highlights from Colleen Hattersley’s ELDP project which resulted in the ELAR…

ELDP Remote Fieldwork workshop series recap

Leading up to the deadline for the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme’s (ELDP) 2022 grant round, ELDP organised a series of…

Opening Ceremony at BBAW – Festveranstaltung zur Eröffnung des Zentrums für die Dokumentation bedrohter Sprachen

In July 2021 the Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP) and the Endangered Languages Archive (ELAR) moved to the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy…

ELDP Remote Fieldwork workshop series

The Endangered Languages Documentation programme (ELDP) will host a series of online workshops on remote linguistic fieldwork 13-17 September 2021….

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