Endangered Languages Documentation, Theory and Application (ELDTA)
Dr Bill Palmer
Summary and Significance of Programme:
The world is experiencing an unprecedented wave of language extinctions, resulting in loss of cultural identities, knowledge systems, and the variety of data needed to understand the structure of language in the mind. Documenting endangered languages preserves data and stimulates language maintenance and revitalisation. The University of Newcastle is home to scholars with expertise in documenting diverse endangered languages, and in diverse theoretical and applied areas of research. ELDTA is a synergistic programme documenting and describing endangered languages and pursuing flow-on theoretical and practical applications, establishing the Faculty as an internationally recognised centre for endangered language research.