EL Publishing (ELPub) publishes quality peer-reviewed open access electronic and print journals, multimedia and monographs on documentation and support of endangered languages. We publish on the theory and practice of language documentation, language description, sociolinguistics, language policy, and language revitalisation. All publications are free to download under a CC-BY-NC (Attribution-NonCommercial) licence and are published at no cost to authors ... read more


We publish the journal Language Documentation and Description annually. Fourteen volumes have been produced since 2003. Details of the current volume appear on the right. You can find all current and previous volumes by: Volume | Article | Author.


2nd May 2017: Our first book-length publication, Language Land and Song: Studies in honour of Luise Hercus is a collection of 37 chapters by diverse authors, honouring the work of Luise Hercus. Luise Hercus has been a leading figure in the documentation of Australian Indigenous languages for more than 50 years. Her work ranges from salvage studies to detailed descriptions, all richly contextualised by documentation of songs, stories, land and biographies.

For further information, see the volume page, and to download the chapters, go directly to the publication page.


Language Contexts

This series focuses on the contexts in which a language or variety is spoken, providing social and cultural information that complements other linguistically-focused sources (such as Ethnologue or Glottolog). Articles include information about the speakers, their social organisation, cultural aspects, linguistic ecology, language vitality, and language use and transmission ... read more ....



Hearing Voices 2.1 is now available for both Windows and Macintosh (OS X). Hearing Voices, by John Wynne and Robert Munro, is a free interactive multimedia app that features the highly endangered Khoi and San languages of the Kalahari Desert in Botswana and Namibia. John Wynne recorded songs, speakers' personal accounts and interviews in 2003 in collaboration with 8 speakers of 5 Khoi/San languages, visual artist Denise Hawrysio and linguist Andy Chebanne. The app features high quality recordings that capture the extraordinary sounds of these ‘click’ languages. It also presents detailed information about the speakers and their lifestyles, their languages, and language endangerment in general.

This new, enhanced version has improved navigation, audio controls, installation, and includes corrections and updates. For further information, and to download the app, go to the Hearing Voices page.