Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages

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About us

We are a non-profit research institute dedicated to documenting endangered languages around the world. Founded by linguist Dr. Gregory D. S. Anderson, the Living Tongues Institute’s objective is to promote the documentation, maintenance, preservation, and revitalization of endangered languages worldwide through linguist-aided, community-driven, multimedia language documentation projects.

Since 2005, Living Tongues Institute has reached more than one hundred endangered language communities in 15 countries. Living Tongues researchers have also created eighty Talking Dictionaries to support these languages. We provide valuable digital skills training to dozens of local collaborators who help build us the dictionaries. We explore the uses of these digital resources by a variety of stakeholders: speakers, educators, linguists, language activists, and technologists.


Contact information

Government ID number: 41-2183857

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Phone: +1 (503) 269-3962

4676 Commercial St SE #454, Salem, OR, 97302, US

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