Resources

This page contains downloads and links to other projects including language maps which inspired the conception and design of Language Landscape. If you have a language map or other project that you’d like to see featured here, please send an email to sandy@languagelandscape.org.

DOWNLOADS

Recording Metadata Form - information about the recordings you make.

Speaker Metadata Form - information about the people speaking in your recordings.

Consent Form - consent for your recordings to be put online.

LINKS

Language maps

UNESCO Atlas of the World’s Languages in Danger - intended to raise awareness about language endangerment and the need to safeguard the world’s linguistic diversity among policy-makers, speaker communities and the general public, and to be a tool to monitor the status of endangered languages and the trends in linguistic diversity at the global level.

LL-MAP - a digital mapping project that integrates language data and information from the physical and social sciences. Users can browse over 700 maps, or create and share their own.

The World Atlas of Language Structures - a large database of structural (phonological, grammatical, lexical) properties of languages gathered from descriptive materials (such as reference grammars).

Language Map Server - This demo application concentrates on the smaller languages of the Caucasus. See also the accompanying article which explains some of the problems with traditional methods of language mapping (a big inspiration for Language Landscape).

Evolving English - between November 2010 and April 2011, the British Library asked people all over the world to submit a recording of their voice. Contributors either read a children’s story, Mr. Tickle by Roger Hargreaves, or a list of six words.

BBC Voices Map – this project aims to present a snapshot of the many ways people speak across the UK in the early 21st century. At its heart is a ground-breaking recording of 1,000 voices across the UK.

Speech Accent Archive Atlas - uniformly exhibits a large set of speech accents from a variety of language backgrounds. Native and non-native speakers of English all read the same English paragraph and are carefully recorded.

Phonemica - a project to record spoken stories in every one of the thousands of varieties of Chinese in order to preserve both stories and language for future generations.

Language catalogues

Ethnologue - a comprehensive reference work cataloging all of the world’s known living languages. Since 1951, the Ethnologue has been an active research project involving hundreds of linguists and other researchers around the world. It is widely regarded to be the most comprehensive source of information of its kind.

Glottolog/Langdoc - provides comprehensive bibliographical and other reference information for the world’s languages, especially the lesser known languages.

Endangered Languages

Resource Network for Linguistic Diversity - RNLD aims to advance the sustainability of Indigenous languages and to increase the participation of Indigenous peoples in all aspects of language documentation and revitalisation through training, resource sharing, networking, and advocacy.

The Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project - supports research, training, and archiving for endangered languages throughout the world. See also HRELP’s Online Resources for Endangered Languages.

The Endangered Languages Project - an online resource to record, access, and share samples of and research on endangered languages as well as to share advice and best practices for those working to document or strengthen languages under threat.

World Oral Literature Project - an urgent global initiative to document and disseminate endangered oral literatures before they disappear without record.

Endangered Language Alliance - a trio of poet, professor, and field linguist have combined forces in the heart of New York City to document, support, and protect one of the most precious stores of cultural, scientific, and creative human knowledge: living languages.

Multilingualism

Bilingualism Matters - bridging the gap between researchers and the community (bilingual families, educators, and policy makers) in order to enable more and more children to benefit from bilingualism.

Language research and teaching in a multilingual world - research into the mechanisms of multilingualism. Exploring those mechanisms is crucial not only for linguistic science and language teaching, but also for research in many fields of the humanities and social sciences.

Multilingual Manchester - online documentation of language use in Manchester communities, studies of language policy, exhibitions and social networking surrounding the theme of languages, and surveys of language needs.

Language archives

The Language Archive - data archive holding resources on languages and cultures.

Documentation of Endangered Languages - contains language documentation data from a great variety of languages from around the world that are in danger of becoming extinct.

The Endangered Languages Archive - a digital repository for documentation of endangered languages.

Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures - offers a facility for digital conservation and access to endangered materials from all over the world.

The Archive of Indigenous Languages of Latin America - a digital archive of recordings and texts in and about the indigenous languages of Latin America.

Materials for eliciting language structures

L&C Field Manuals and Stimulus Materials - a bonanza of material for the field elicitation of semantics and the field collection of verbal behaviour.

Typological tools for field linguistics - tools for use in field linguistics and language description.