Cambridge Endangered Languages and Cultures Group

Test ImageThe Cambridge Group for Endangered Languages and Cultures (CELC) pursues an interdisciplinary approach to the theory, methodology and practice of endangered language and culture documentation.

The group brings together linguists and anthropologists to create a forum where scholars interested in linguistic diversity and cultural heritage from Cambridge and other academic institutions can exchange ideas and discuss common concerns. We remain committed to the dissemination of research findings from language and cultural documentation research to a wider public and to source communities.

Through our series of workshops and seminars, we connect scholarship across disciplines and provide a forum for young career researchers and senior scholars to engage in a dialogue on linguistic and cultural preservation. By addressing issues of public importance and by promoting multidisciplinary research into endangered languages and cultures, we aim to meet the following objectives:

  • support the documentation, preservation and revitalisation of endangered languages, cultures and oral traditions
  • encourage fieldwork on endangered languages, and explore innovative field methods and new technologies for language and culture documentation projects
  • raise awareness of the threats facing linguistic and cultural diversity, and share information and knowledge of these issues across departments within the University of Cambridge and beyond

Picture (above) Cambridge PhD student Tom Artiss in Labrador.

News & events

  • We are delighted to announce that the Eighth Cambridge Conference on Language Endangerment, entitled 'Language Endangerment: Language Revitalisation and Reversing Language Shift', will take place on July 4th 2018 in the Alison Richard Building, Sidgwick Site, Cambridge. For more information, including a programme and abstracts booklet, click here.
  • We will also be holding a workshop for postgraduate students the day before the Conference - July 3rd 2018 at the English Faculty, Sidgwick Site, Cambridge. Click here for more information and the call for papers!
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  • Upcoming talks:

  • See here for the complete list.