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Language Documentation and Description

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EL Publishing (ELPub) was established to publish top 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. Twelve 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.


September 15 2015: 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.