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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.

Dr 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.

Dr 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.

Stephanie Petit
Senior 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.

Leonore Lukschy
Senior Archive Assistant and Communications Officer
Leonore Lukschy

Leonore is a postgraduate student at SOAS studying Language Documentation and Description. Her main research interests are Mexican languages, linguistic rights, and how archival resources can serve as a basis for creating community materials.