ELAR cracks a ton

The Endangered Languages Archive (ELAR) at SOAS reaches an important milestone this week when our 100th deposit goes online. We will be working on a further 10 deposits and doing additional curation work on those currently online over the next two months.

ELAR now has 4 terabytes (4,000 gigabytes — double that I reported in April) of language, music and cultural data and analysis online and available for registered users (and, of course, fully preserved on our storage area network and securely backed up). Some material requires subscription but we have now implemented an online subscription system that enables user requests to be easily made, with the depositor being automatically asked for permission to access the relevant files.

The following is a list of our recent additions in alphabetical order of the main language:

  1. Ainu from Japan — Documentation of the Saru dialect of Ainu by Anna Bugaeva
  2. Bajjika from India — Bajjika: Swadesh List Elicitation Sessions by Jay Huweiler
  3. Baram from Nepal — Linguistic and ethnographic documentation of Baram by Yogendra Prasad Yadava
  4. Bedik from Senegal — Documentation of Bedik by Adjaratou Oumar Sall
  5. Choguita Rarámuri from Mexico — Choguita Rarámuri description and documentation by Gabriela Caballero
  6. Kabardian from Turkey — Documentation and Analysis of Kabardian as Spoken in Turkey — by Ayla Applebaum Bozkurt
  7. Kiksht from USA — Conversational Kiksht by Nariyo Kono
  8. Kunwinjku from Australia — Itpi-itpi songs in Kunwinjku, Mawng and Kunbarlang by Linda Barwick
  9. Kunwinjku from Australia — Karrbarda songs in Kunwinjku and Kunbarlang by Linda Barwick
  10. Lakandon from Mexico — Temporal Reference in Lakandon Maya by Henrik Bergqvist
  11. Mawng from Australia — Mirrijpu (seagull) songs in spirit-language Manangkarri by Linda Barwick
  12. Mawng from Australia — Inyjalarrku songs in spirit-language Mawng by Linda Bawrick
  13. Nahua from Peru — Documentation of mythology and shamanic songs of the Nahua — Conrad Feather
  14. North Ambrym from Vanuatu — A documentation of North Ambrym, a language of Vanuatu and research into its possessive structures by Michael Franjieh
  15. Paman from Australia — Paman languages: Umpila, Kuuku Ya’u, Kaanju by Claire Hill
  16. Paresi-Haliti from Brazil — Verbal events in Paresi-Haliti by Glauber Romling da Silva
  17. Pingelapese from the Marshall Islands — Pingelapese language data by Ryoko Hattori
  18. Tesltal from Mexico — Ethnographic and discursive audiovisual corpus of Tseltal by Gilles Pollian
  19. Yami from Taiwan —Yami Documentation by Meng Chien Yang and Der-Hwa Victoria Rau
  20. Yoloxochitl Mixtec from Mexico — Yoloxochitl Mixtec stories and other oral traditions by Jonathan Amith

The following deposits are in curation and will be available soon:

  1. Alipur Village sign language from India — Investigation of an endangered village sign language in India by Sibaji Panda
  2. Bom and Kim from Sierra Leone — Documentation of Kim and Bom Languages of Sierre Leone by Tucker Childs
  3. Asheninka Perene from Peru — Asheninka Perene (Arawak) 2010 collection, from eastern Peru by Elena Mihas
  4. Desano from Brazil — Desano – audio and video materials by Wilson Silva
  5. Enindhilyakwa from Australia — Documentation of Enindhilyakwa by Marie van Egmond
  6. Ingrian from Russia — Ingrian narratives and elicitations by Fedor Rozhanskiy and Ilya Nikolaev
  7. Ingrian from Russia — Ingrian, Vatic, and Ingrian Finnish elicitations and conversations by Fedor Rozhanskiy and Mehmet Muslimov
  8. Ingrian from Russia — Ingrian narratives recorded in 2011 by Fedor Rozhanskiy and Elena Markus
  9. Mmani from Guinea — Documentation of the moribund language Mmani, a Southern Atlantic language of Niger-Congo by Tucker Childs
  10. Solega from India — Documentation of Solega by Aung Si

We will be having a small celebratory party at ELAR this week to mark what is a pretty significant milestone for us.

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