Endangered Languages Archive

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Scope and Content

The Endangered Languages Archive (ELAR) is a digital repository specialising in preserving and publishing endangered language documentation materials from around the world. ELAR currently holds multimedia collections of endangered languages worldwide, with regional strongholds in Africa, Middle East, Asia, Australia and South America. The collections can be browsed and accessed through the ELAR online catalogue. All materials we hold are digital, free to access, openly available (after free registration) and have a worldwide coverage.

ELAR was originally funded by Arcadia and is part of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.

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Users can review transcription files that accompany video and audio resources, for the purpose of study in the fields of linguistics, language endangerment, anthropology, and oral culture.

The Endangered Languages Archive can be contacted directly at: elar@elararchive.org .


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Access this resource online: https://www.elararchive.org/