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The journal Language Documentation and Description has moved to the University of Virginia. To download articles or make submissions go to www.lddjournal.org.
EL Publishing is a free, platinum open access publishing platform supported by an international Advisory Board and employing full double-blind peer review. We aim to publish eBooks, multimedia, and training material on documentation, description and support for minority and endangered languages. Read more...
We formerly published the journal Language Documentation and Description. From 2022 it is published by Aperio at the University of Virginia. Go to lddjournal.org for the current issue, all previous papers, and details of how to submit a paper.
EL Publishing has produced a number of eBooks and is currently enlarging our catalogue with further innovative publications. EL Publishing is dedicated to broadening access of speakers, documenters, and supporters of endangered languages to publish in diverse genres, to reach a widely inclusive audience of academics, speaker communities, language enthusiasts, and the general public.
See our Information for Authors page for description of the types of materials we publish, authoring guidelines, and how to submit publication proposals.
Training for language fieldwork and documentation
EL Publishing, through its publications, staff, and workshops, has played a significant role in the formulation and development of methods, practices, and ethical considerations for those engaging with communities and speakers of endangered languages.
See our Training pages, Peter Austin's website, and browse the Language Documentation and Description catalogue for practical and theoretical guidance on topics from audio recording to reflections on ‘zombie linguistics’.
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Language Snapshots & Language Contexts
The Language Snapshots and Language Contexts series were created to broaden both authorship and readership on minority and endangered languages by encouraging early-career researchers and community members to develop shorter articles that provide more holistic, humanistic, and accurate information about communities, their places and their people, and the roles their languages play in their lives. Current research and revitalisation work is also highlighted.
In 2005 we published the first version of Hearing Voices, an innovative multimedia app featuring the work of audio artist John Wynne in collaboration with visual artist Denise Hawrysio and linguist Andy Chebanne, conducted with speakers of highly endangered Khoi and San languages in the Kalahari Desert in 2003. The app includes information about the communities and language speakers, photographs, and original song recordings and interviews with 8 speakers of 5 different Khoi and San languages.
See the Hearing Voices page for further information and to download the app.
EL Publishing has further multimedia publications in the pipeline.