The Endangered Language Catalog (ELCat)
by Maddalena Tacchetti
The Endangered Languages Catalog project (ELCat) has been recently approved and made feasible by a donor’s participation that will eliminate the burden of the cost of most of the technology. The ELCat is a collaborative project with the University of Hawaii and the Eastern Michigan University that aims to provide accurate, up-to-date information on the endangered languages of the world as well as raising public awareness, promoting increased research on endangered languages, but also providing the communities whose languages are at risk with materials to support language preservation and revitalization activities. The project, with Lyle Campbell, Anthony Aristar, and Helen Aristar-Dry at the head of an international team of Regional Directors and graduate student researchers, will be carried on for about three years (from August 2011 until January 2015).
Already from December on, a preliminary ELCat website will be launched with mechanisms for feedback, commentary, suggestion of corrections by users and a procedure for long-term maintenance and updating of the information and the web presence.
You can read more details on the web site of the National Science Foundation at http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward.do?AwardNumber=1058096&WT.z_pims_id=12816