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Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages | We are a non-profit research institute dedicated to documenting endangered languages around the world.

Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages


We are one of the world’s leading research organizations
dedicated to documenting endangered languages.

Founded by linguist Dr. Gregory D. S. Anderson, we are a non-profit research institute. We conduct linguistic fieldwork, publish scientific papers, run digital training workshops to empower language activists, and collaborate with speakers to release online Talking Dictionaries.


This online fundraising campaign will support the publication of two new dictionaries. This project is led by our colleague, Nigerian linguist Dr. Bolanle Elizabeth Arokoyo, whose focus is documenting the Olùkùmi and Owé languages.

A message from Dr. Arokoyo: The publication of these two dictionaries will be a tremendous contribution to language studies in Nigeria. I began these documentation projects in 2011, and my study of other aspects of these languages will continue after the publication of these dictionaries. Thank you for your support and for helping me accomplish the goal of supporting local endangered language communities in Nigeria.

Make your contribution today.

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Since 2005, our research teams have reached over one hundred endangered language communities in fifteen countries. By facilitating digital skills workshops, during which we train local indigenous language activists to record and edit words and phrases in their native languages, we have created and launched more than one hundred online Talking Dictionaries containing tens of thousands of words and images.

Our team has adopted a vertically integrative approach to language documentation, in which local language consultants learn transferable digital and scientific research skills to eventually become research assistants, colleagues, and ambassadors for their languages or use these in other jobs.


“In my language, Foe, we count from 1 up to 37…” Mr. Ganibe Sebo demonstrates body counting in Foe, a language of Papua New Guinea. Recorded by Greg Anderson & K. David Harrison in
Highlands Province, PNG, in 2009.

Explore videos from our linguistic fieldwork around the world on our Enduring Voices Youtube channel.

Endangered Sounds from Around the World

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We are a non-profit research institute dedicated to documenting endangered languages around the world.