virALLanguages – Coronavirus explained in minoritised languages

By ELAR Archive|May 29, 2020|ELDP Special Event/Output, SOAS World Languages Institute|0 comments

At a SOAS Alumni Continuing the Conversation Event held on the 28 May 2020, Mandana Seyfeddinipur and Pierpaolo di Carlo discussed the question ‘COVID-19: Can Linguists Save Lives?’ and presented the project virALLanguages. The virtual event was the second in the series, and was attended by over 100 people. What is virALLanguages? virALLanguages is a project initiated by the SOAS World Languages Institute and the KPAAM-CAM Project at the University of

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Continuing the Conversations – COVID-19: Can Linguists Save Lives?

By ELAR Archive|May 15, 2020|Conference|0 comments

On the 28 May 2020, Mandana Seyfeddinipur and Pierpaolo di Carlo will be discussing the role linguists play in translating COVID-19 related information into endangered languages. The event will be the second of the series. Continuing the Conversations – SOAS Virtual Events Series  COVID-19: Can Linguists Save Lives? Date and Time: Thursday, 28 May 2020 | 6 PM (BST) Speakers: Mandana Seyfeddinipur & Pierpaolo Di Carlo Moderator: Leonore Lukschy  COVID19 is spreading

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Contributing to SOAS’s success in supporting UN Sustainable Development Goal

By ELAR Archive|May 7, 2020|ELDP Special Event/Output|0 comments

SOAS University of London has been ranked first in the UK and joint fifth in the world for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal “Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions”. The Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings are designed for research-intensive global universities and are dominated by indicators of research excellence. It provides a showcase for the impact of work being delivered by universities in communities, and it is an opportunity to shine

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Introducing lameta

By ELAR Archive|April 30, 2020|Documentation Software & Tools|0 comments

lameta is a new tool for preparing data for archiving. It allows you to enter and edit metadata, link metadata records to resource files, keep track of your data management work, and export data sets for upload to an archive. lameta is available for Windows and Mac and can be downloaded via this link. lameta greatly simplifies management of collections and makes the archiving process straightforward and painless for field workers.

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The SOAS World Languages Institute Podcast

By ELAR Archive|April 16, 2020|Showcase, SOAS World Languages Institute|0 comments

To celebrate UNESCO’s International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019, the SOAS World Languages Institute recorded a series of podcasts discussing topics around Indigenous, endangered and minoritised languages. Are you indigenous? In the first podcast episode titled Are you indigenous? Former ELAR Archive Assistants Francesca Brown and Clare Green explore questions like ‘Are you indigenous?’, ‘What makes a person indigenous?’, and ‘What does being indigenous really mean?’. SOAS graduate Adékúnmi Ọlátúnjí joined

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Saving recordings from 1960s and 1970s in Valoc’

By ELAR Archive|April 9, 2020|Digitisation of Legacy Materials|0 comments

By Fabio Scetti DIPRALANG – Université Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3  Since 2016, I have been in charge of the documentation and description of Valoc’, a variety of the Lombard dialect spoken in Val Masino, lower Valtellina, Northern Lombardy in Italy. I founded a Research Panel named VVV (Vocabulary of Valoc’ of Val Masino), the lateral valley of Valtellina where it is spoken. Together with my colleagues, Stefano Bisello and Federica Salamino,

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ELDP Project Highlight: Documentation of Nahuatl Knowledge of Natural History, Material Culture, and Ecology

By ELAR Archive|April 2, 2020|ELDP Project Highlight|0 comments

Today on the ELAR blog, we are featuring ELDP grantee Jonathan Amith’s project ‘Documentation of Nahuatl Knowledge of Natural History, Material Culture, and Ecology‘. Jonathan’s collection with ELAR focuses on three interrelated domains of endangered cultural knowledge and linguistic expression: nomenclature, classification and use of plants in Nahuatl communities in the municipality of Cuetzalan, Puebla, Mexico; the creation of objects of daily use from regional flora, and traditional ecological knowledge. The Nahuat variety spoken

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Harvesting an archival deposit for your linguistics dissertation

By ELAR Archive|March 26, 2020|Research|0 comments

By Jonas Lau This week on the ELAR Blog, ELAR depositor Jonas Lau tells us about his experience working with somebody else’s ELAR deposit for his MA dissertation. After finishing his MA in Language Documentation and Description at SOAS, Jonas went on to study a PhD in Linguistics at the Universität zu Köln, receiving an ELDP grant for his field work. His ELAR deposit can be accessed here. If you

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World Poetry Day – Poems from the Edge of Extinction

By ELAR Archive|March 19, 2020|Showcase|0 comments

This week on the ELAR Blog we want to celebrate World Poetry Day by sharing recordings of some of the beautiful poems from our collections with you. The selected poems were published in ‘Poems from the Edge of Extinction: An Anthology of Poetry in Endangered Languages‘ last year. The volume was edited by National Poetry Librarian Chris McCabe, and introduced by Mandana Seyfeddinipur and Martin Orwin. UNESCO’s World Poetry Day on 21

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Call for Papers: New Contexts for the Use of Minoritized Languages/Varieties NEWCON 2020

By ELAR Archive|March 12, 2020|Conference|0 comments

We are pleased to announce that New Contexts for the Use of Minoritized Languages/Varieties NEWCON 2020 will take place at the University of Zadar 28-30 September 2020. New Contexts for the Use of Minoritized Languages/Varieties (NEWCON) is an international linguistics conference organized by the Linguistics Department of the University of Zadar, the SOAS World Languages Institute at the University of London, Mercator European Research Centre on Multilingualism and Language Learning and

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