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  • Seminars in Italy
    Peter Austin is giving a series of seminars at University of Tuscia (9-11th April) and University of Bologna Ravenna Campus (4-15th April) (Peter Austin, 08 Apr 2014)
  • LAUD Symposium
    Peter Austin was a plenary speaker at the 36th International LAUD Symposium on "Endangerment of Languages across the Planet: The Dynamics of Linguistic Diversity and Globalization" (Peter Austin, 25 Mar 2014)
  • ELAR Occasional Seminar - Prof Lise Dobrin
    ELAR Occasional Seminar Friday 21st March, Prof Lise Dobrin "Is Collaboration Really a 'Method'? Is 'Data' Really the Goal?", RELOCATED to 22 Russell Square, room T102 -- read more. (Peter Austin, 20 Mar 2014)
  • Nathan on Open Access in Language Documentation
    A new blog post by former Director of ELAR, David Nathan.
  • Farewell, ELAR!
    David Nathan left his position as Director of ELAR on 28th February 2014 ... read more
  • HRELP in Hong Kong
    Current and former HRELP staff will be contributing to a Summer School on Linguistic Diversity in Asia: Theories and Methods in Hong Kong, 7-18 July 2014 (Peter Austin, 23 Feb 2014)
  • DocLing 2014
    Peter Austin is participating in DocLing 2014 documentary linguistics training workshop at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, 19-25 February 2014. (Peter Austin, 18 Feb 2014)
  • International Summer School, Stockholm 2014
    ELAP staff are participating in a summer school on Language Documentation and Linguistic Diversity, 23 June - 4 July 2014 in Stockholm (Sweden). More information here. (Peter Austin, 17 Feb 2014)

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Endangered Languages

Today, there are about 7,000 languages spoken on earth. Half of them are under threat of extinction within this century. The Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project at SOAS, University of London, supports research, training, and archiving for endangered languages throughout the world.


OREL - Online Resources for Endangered Languages - has now been revised updated with 50 new resources. OREL is a library of nearly 400 annotated and categorised links in English and Arabic to websites about endangered language documentation and revitalisation.

OREL includes specialist endangered languages pages in Arabic.

OREL قائمة جديدة لأكثر من‮ ‬80‮ ‬مورد إلكترونية منشورة بالعربية مختصة بتهديد اللغات ووصف اللغات المه

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Browse podcasts by HRELP staff, students and visitors. These are available for listening and download ... listen to our podcasts  ...

ELAP Alumni

Since 2004 ELAP has graduated around 120 MA students and 8 PhD students. Here you can read about the activities of some of them following their graduation ... read more ...


ELAP PhD Graduates

In the past three years, eight PhD students have graduated from the Field Linguistics programme in ELAP ... read more ...


Annual report 2013

HRELP's Annual Report describes the many different activities of all three project arms ELAP, ELAR and ELDP during 2013. Read about the projects ELDP has funded, the publications of ELAP and the collections available at ELAR. You can also find out about our capacity-building work in Africa and elsewhere, and our annual outreach event Endangered Languages Week.




LD&D In our 11th volume of Language Documentation and Description, researchers discuss their experiences in community-oriented fieldwork in Cameroon, Nigeria and Namibia, as well as present the family of Aslian languages and describe dialectal variation in the tense-aspect-mood system of Sasak. ... read more ...

Foundation for Endangered Languages books are also available here, see the FEL books page

Recent events

The 4th Language Documentation and Linguistic Theory biennial conference was held 7-8 December 2013. The conference aims to bring together researchers working on linguistic theory and language documentation and description, with a particular focus on innovative work on under-described or endangered languages. Last year the event also celebrated the 80th anniversary of the Department of Linguistics at SOAS.... read more ...

On 11th June we held a pubic showing of Lon Marum: People of the Volcano a 1-hour documentary film depicting the relationship between language, culture, place, music, tradition, and magic, in the context of life on an active volcano. ... read more ...

Endangered Languages Week 2013 presented a conference on Austronesian and Papuan languages, a workshop on language documentation in Africa, plus a variety of specialised talks, films, and archive demonstrations. New this year was a high school student debate about the value of languages ... read more ...