[lg policy] LINGUIST List, U. of Hawai=?windows-1252?Q?=92i_?=Manoa, and Google Launch Endangered Languages Project

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Fri Jun 22 14:18:22 UTC 2012

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

Dear LINGUIST List Subscribers,

We are very pleased to announce that the Catalogue of Endangered
Languages (ELCat), a joint undertaking by the University of Hawai'i Manoa
and the LINGUIST List, is now available to the public. ELCat is a key feature
of the new Endangered Languages Project site, developed by Google and
backed 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-date
source 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 contribute
up-to-date knowledge about endangered languages;

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

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

Research for the Catalogue began in fall 2011, and is supported by the
National Science Foundation (grant number BCS-1057725). For further
information on the ELCat project, visit the ELCat project page at LINGUIST


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


The Endangered Languages Project site will also allow users to form
discussion groups, share videos and other media, and access documents
and online resources pertaining to endangered languages. For more
information on the Endangered Languages Project, please see:


Our hope is that ELCat and the Endangered Languages Project will
accelerate language documentation and preservation efforts worldwide;
facilitate collaboration and communication between scholars, language
communities, and the public; and raise awareness of the issue of language

Although we are making the catalogue publicly available in its initial phase,
the ELCat research is not yet complete; we will continue to improve the
catalogue through 2014, when the project ends. As a community-driven
resource, the ELCat team welcomes input from users of the site, which will
be 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


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