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Reports of the Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project

The Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project (HRELP) was established with a commitment of £20 million from the Lisbet Rausing Charitable Fund (now Arcadia) to document as many endangered languages as possible and to encourage the development of relevant skills across the world.

HRELP had three components:

  • Endangered Languages Documentation Programme (ELDP) to provide approximately £1 million per year in competitive research grants to support documentation of as many threatened languages as possible.
  • Endangered Languages Academic Programme (ELAP) to train the next generation of language documenters through an MA in Language Documentation and Description, a PhD in Field Linguistics, and postdoctoral fellowships at SOAS
  • Endangered Languages Archive (ELAR) to archive and publish outputs of documentation effort

ELAP has now been integrated into the Department of Linguistics at SOAS, and ELAR has been integrated into SOAS Library. ELDP has won a second round of funding from Arcadia and will continue to provide language documentation grants.

The HRELP Annual Reports contain detailed information on the activities of the three programmes ELAP, ELAR and ELDP: