ELAR aims to:

  • provide a safe long-term repository for language documentation materials
  • enable access to documentation according to the wishes of documenters and originating speakers and communities
  • encourage co-operation between documenters and the users of materials
  • provide advice and collaboration

ELAR places particular emphasis on access protocol. In order to host, manage and provide sustainable access to recorded materials from endangered languages communities, we are building innovative information management systems which cater for the shifting sensitivities associated with documentation of their languages. By providing documenters and language speakers with the security of knowing that their materials will be protected as they wish, we maximise the amount of materials that can be made available for unrestricted access. For more information, see ELAR’s access protocol.

Location: Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Programme, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London