LINGUIST List 23.2792

Thu Jun 21 2012

All: LINGUIST List, U. of Hawai’i Manoa, and Google Launch Endangered Languages Project

Editor for this issue: Kristen Dunkinson <>

Date: 21-Jun-2012
From: Anthony Aristar <>
Subject: LINGUIST List, U. of Hawai’i Manoa, and Google Launch Endangered Languages Project
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Dear LINGUIST List Subscribers,

We are very pleased to announce that the Catalogue of EndangeredLanguages (ELCat), a joint undertaking by the University of Hawai'i Manoaand the LINGUIST List, is now available to the public. ELCat is a key featureof the new Endangered Languages Project site, developed by Google andbacked by a new coalition of partners, the Alliance for Linguistic Diversity.ELCat and the Endangered Languages Project site can be accessed at:

The primary goal of ELCat is to produce a comprehensive, reliable, up-to-datesource of information about the world's endangered languages. To that end,the ELCat project is committed to the following objectives:

- To compile all available information into one easily accessible catalogue;

- To encourage speaker communities, scholars, and the public to contributeup-to-date knowledge about endangered languages;

- To foster collaboration between speaker communities, scholars, and thepublic, and to facilitate language documentation and preservation efforts; and

- To continue to compile and distribute the latest information on endangeredlanguages and their speakers.

Research for the Catalogue began in fall 2011, and is supported by theNational Science Foundation (grant number BCS-1057725). For furtherinformation on the ELCat project, visit the ELCat project page at LINGUISTList:

Also see the University of Hawai'i's ELCat project page at:

The Endangered Languages Project site will also allow users to formdiscussion groups, share videos and other media, and access documentsand online resources pertaining to endangered languages. For moreinformation on the Endangered Languages Project, please see:

Our hope is that ELCat and the Endangered Languages Project willaccelerate language documentation and preservation efforts worldwide;facilitate collaboration and communication between scholars, languagecommunities, and the public; and raise awareness of the issue of languageendangerment.

Although we are making the catalogue publicly available in its initial phase,the ELCat research is not yet complete; we will continue to improve thecatalogue through 2014, when the project ends. As a community-drivenresource, the ELCat team welcomes input from users of the site, which willbe of great value to us as we move forward with the project. Comments,questions, and suggestions may be sent to:

Best wishes,The LINGUIST List Crew

Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation

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