Linguistics is a research strength at the University of Newcastle, with a focus on documenting endangered languages

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The University of Newcastle is home to linguistics scholars with expertise in documenting diverse endangered languages, and in diverse theoretical and applied areas of research.

Linguistics is a research strength at the University of Newcastle. In fact, we are ranked in the top 100 globally by QS World University Rankings

A unique area of linguistics research, Endangered Languages Documentation, Theory and Application (ELDTA) is a synergistic programme documenting and describing endangered languages and pursuing flow-on theoretical and practical applications. This has established the School of Humanities and Social Science in the Faculty of Education and Arts as an internationally recognised centre for linguistics, particularly endangered language research.

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.

DobesThe Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project