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.
In Memoriam Prof Emmon Bach (1929-2014)
HRELP is saddened to announce that Professor Emmon Bach, Professorial Research Associate of the Department of Linguistics at SOAS, passed away on 28th November.
Emmon had a long association with Linguistics at SOAS, teaching courses in fieldmethods and presenting seminars, and guest lectures on a range of topics.
He was an member of the committee which in 2001 drafted the successful bid to the Lisbet Rausing Charitable Fund (now Arcadia) that led to the establishment of HRELP at SOAS in 2002.
In 2004 he was awarded a 3-year ELDP Major Documentation Project grant on Documentation and analysis of Haisla and Henaaksiala (North Wakashan) of Kitamaat Village, British Columbia.
His deposit of project materials in the ELAR archive is currently being processed for dissemination. In 2005 he presented a paper at an ELAP workshop on Contact and Varitation in Language Documentation.
Over the past 12 years staff and students in HRELP have benefitted enormously from Emmon's wisdom, advice and support on a wide range of issues in endangered languages research.
He will be very much missed. (For other reflections on Emmon's life see here.)
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 ...
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 ...
In our 12th volume of Language Documentation and Description, researchers discuss archiving and language documentation. ... read more ...
Foundation for Endangered Languages books are also available here, see the FEL books page
HRELP's Annual Report describes the many different activities of all three project arms ELAP, ELAR and ELDP during 2014.
ELDP and ELAR presented their work with endangered languages in the Middle East and North Africa. ELDP grantees, alumni and friends presented their research in Iran, Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Algeria, Yemen and Oman. ELAR showcased their preservation and dissemination of documentary collections of endangered languages. ... read more ....
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 ...
ELAP PhD Graduates
In the past three years, ten PhD students have graduated from the Field Linguistics programme in ELAP ... read more ...