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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

Tonsawang: a collaborative multimedia project documenting an endangered language of North Sulawesi

Timothy Brickell

Documenting the Tonsawang/Tombatu language of Indonesia....

The Gorwaa Noun Phrase: Toward a Description of the Gorwaa Language

Andrew Harvey

Gorwaa is an undocumented language, spoken by approximately 15,000 individuals in Babati District, Manyara Region, Tanzania....

Documentation of Ecuadorian Siona

Martine Bruil

Documenting Ecuadorian Siona [snn], a highly endangered language with less than 200 speakers left, spoken in six communities in the Cuyabeno reserve a...

Documenting the Sherbro language and culture of Sierra Leone

Tucker Childs

Sherbro is spoken on Sherbro Island and nearby coastal areas of Sierra Leone....

The documentation and ethnolinguistic analysis of Modern South Arabian: Shehret

Janet Watson

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A documentation of the remnant Baka-Gundi language Limassa

Benedikt Winkhart


Documenting Yopno Diversity: Dialect Variation in a Papuan Language

James Slotta

This project documents several of the dialects of Yopno spoken in the Yopno valley of Papua New Guinea....

Recording and archiving Barayin (Jalkiya) language data

Joseph Lovestrand

Documentation of Barayin, a Chadic language of Chad....

Documenting Language and Interaction in Kula

Nicholas Williams

Documentation of Kula, an endangered non-Austronesian language spoken in the eastern highlands of Alor, Indonesia....

The documentation and ethnolinguistic analysis of Modern South Arabian: Mehri

Janet Watson

An audio-visual documentation of the Mehri language spoken in Oman, Yemen and southern Saudi Arabia....

Pite Saami: documenting the language and culture

Joshua Karl Wilbur

Audio and video recordings of Pite Saami speakers, northern Sweden, with transcriptions and translations in Swedish and English. Topics include reinde...

Documentation of Minderico

Vera Ferreira


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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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