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The Endangered Language Archive (ELAR) is a digital repository preserving and publishing endangered language documentation materials from around the world. The materials we hold are digital, and are freely available (after free registration).

ELAR was originally funded by Arcadia and is part of the Library of SOAS University of London.

Recently updated collections

Textual and Lexical Documentation of Ixcatec, Oaxaca, Mexico

Denis Costaouec

Documenting Ixcatec, a highly endangered Otomanguean language of Oaxaca, Mexico....

Documenting Yupna Diversity: Linguistic, Sociolinguistic & Sociocultural Perspectives on Variation in a Papuan Language Family

James Slotta

This project documents the dialects and languages spoken in a portion of the Yupna region of Papua New Guinea....

Kagate (Syuba), an endangered Tibeto-Burman language of Nepal

Lauren Gawne

A multimedia documentation of Kagate, a Tibeto-Burman language of Nepal....

Documentation of the Beth Qustan Dialect of the Central Neo-Aramaic language, Turoyo

Mikael Oez

Documentation of the Beth Qustan dialect of the Central Neo-Aramaic, Turoyo speaking community in Tur 'Abdin, focusing on vernacular tales....

Documentation of Minderico

Vera Ferreira


Maleku Dictionary Project

Roberto Herrera Miranda

Maleku, also known as Guatuso, is a Chibchan language of Costa Rica....

Jewish Iraqi spoken language documentation

Eli Timan

... personal stories, songs and descriptions of life in Iraq in the first half of the twentieth century, as told by Jewish Iraqi informants in London,...

A documentation of the remnant Baka-Gundi language Limassa

Benedikt Winkhart


Documentation and Grammatical Description of Komo

Tesfaye Negash

Documenting Komo, an endangered language spoken in the Benishangul-Gumuz Regional State of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia....

Documentation and Description of Kove

Hiroko Sato

Corpus, grammar, and small dictionary of Kove, spoken in Papua New Guinea....

Documentation of Negidal, a nearly extinct Northern Tungusic language of the Lower Amur

Brigitte Pakendorf


A video documentation and study of Suki interactive speech

Charlotte van Tongeren


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About ELAR accounts

Why apply for an account?
Anyone can browse the ELAR catalogue of endangered language collections and can learn about the materials ELAR holds.
To listen and watch the recordings in the collections you need to register as a user and agree to the Terms and Conditions of using ELAR. Registration is free, and after registration all materials are openly accessible to you. Some sensitive materials require special access permissions, and as a registered user you can apply for access to these resources.
To apply for an account, you must provide your real name. We do not allow anonymous accounts or fictitious identities. Accounts for ordinary user access are automatically granted on application.

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