LINGUIST List 30.3912

Thu Oct 17 2019

Media: Endangered Languages and Cultures of Siberia

Editor for this issue: Everett Green <>

Date: 15-Oct-2019
From: Irina Nikolaeva <>
Subject: Endangered Languages and Cultures of Siberia
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We are pleased to announce the release of a new multimedia collection of materials on the Endangered Languages and Cultures of Siberia. The collection was created as part of the projects funded by ELDP (2003-2006, Major Documentation Grant awarded to Tapani Salminen), a British Academy Small Research Grant (2011-2012, project number 9480 BX51), a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship (2012-2014, project number RF-2012-131), a SOAS Faculty of Languages and Cultures Strategy Fund award (2014) awarded to Irina Nikolaeva, a grant from the Academy of Finland awarded to Larisa Leisiö (2009-2012, project number 125225), and an AHRC-funded project ‘Prominent Possessors’ awarded to Irina Nikolaeva (PI), Oliver Bond and Greville G. Corbett (2015-2019, project reference AH/M010708/1).

It is hosted by the Surrey Morphology Group at the University of Surrey (

Endangered Languages and Cultures of Siberia

This resource is a multimedia collection of linguistic and cultural information, which consists of a corpus of original audio and video texts in several minority languages of Siberia. The texts are accompanied by transcriptions, translations and analyses, as well as general information about the language, references, dictionaries, and images, all linked to present a flexible and interactive exploration space for a variety of users and to document a wide range of phenomena. The aim is to provide people from various backgrounds (linguists, anthropologists, speakers, language planners and the general public) with a database that can serve a variety of purposes.

At present, the site hosts the data from seven languages: Even, Forest Enets, Kolyma Yukaghir, Northern Khanty, Tundra Nenets, Tundra Yukaghir and Udihe.

The audio and video recordings on the site were collected during fieldwork in Siberia by a team of language specialists, whose participation is gratefully acknowledged.

How to cite:
Nikolaeva, Irina, Edward Garrett & Oliver Bond. 2019. Endangered Languages and Cultures of Siberia.

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
                            General Linguistics

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