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Endangered Languages Archive

Endangered Languages Archive Staff

ELAR's team currently consists of three core staff members. Mandana Seyfeddinipur heads the archive and provides strategic leadership. Sophie Salffner and Vera Ferreira are responsible for digital archiving and provide advice and training on data management and metadata preparation.

In addition, ELAR occasionally employs archive assistants, usually drawn from the pool of currently enrolled linguistics post-graduate students at SOAS. From time to time, we also welcome voluntary involvement from students and staff or work placements.

Mandana Seyfeddinipur
Head of ELAR
Mandana Seyfeddinipur
Language documentation, linguistic and cognitive diversity, multimodality with a focus on manual gesture, visual mode of language, language use and language documentation, pragmatics, psycholinguistics, the role of video in language documentation.
Sophie Salffner
Digital Archivist
Sophie Salffner


Sophie is a trained linguist with a background in language documentation and field research. As the Digital Archivist at the Endangered Languages Archive Sophie provides advice and training on all aspects of data management, metadata preparation and digital archiving.


Vera Ferreira
ELDP Archive Support and Development Officer
Vera Ferreira

Vera is a trained linguist with a background in language documentation and field research. Her main research interests lie in European endangered languages and in the connection between documentary data and language revitalisation. As the Digital Archivist at the Endangered Languages Archive Vera provides advice and training on all aspects of data management, metadata preparation and digital archiving.

Martha Tsutsui Billins
Senior Archive Assistant
Martha Tsutsui Billins

Martha has worked at ELAR as an archive assistant since 2015. In 2016, she worked with the Indigenous Peoples’ Centre for Documentation, Research and Information (Docip) to manage digital heritage collected from several United Nations symposiums. Martha is also a PhD student at SOAS. Her research is focused on honorifics and politeness in Southern Amami Oshima, an endangered Ryukyuan language.


Gema Zamora Fernandez
Senior Archive Assistant
Gema Zamora Fernandez

Gema is a Linguistics graduate from SOAS. Her main areas of interest are the impact of IT in Linguistics methodology, use and accessibility of archival materials for research, and Digital Humanities.

Stephanie Petit
Archive Assistant
Petit Stephanie

Stephanie is a graduate from SOAS University of London. Her main areas of interest are Arabic, Modern South Arabian languages, Translation Theory and the politics and societies of the Middle East.


William Parker
Archive Assistant
William Parker

William is a student of Language Documentation and Description at SOAS.
His main areas of interest are documentation technology, language typology and linguistic anthropology in the context of Mesoamerica.