We are a non-profit scientific 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. Read more about our mission.

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Since 2005, Living Tongues researchers have collaborated with speakers in over one hundred endangered language communities, in 15 countries around the world.

Living Tongues researchers have also created and launched more than 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.

Learn about our Language Documentation Projects.


Songe Nimasow and Khandu Degio rap in the endangered Aka language of Arunachal Pradesh, India. Recorded by Dr. K. David Harrison for Enduring Voices Project with National Geographic.

Explore videos from our linguistic fieldwork around the world on our Enduring Voices Youtube channel.


Quick Links

Educational Resources for Endangered Languages
A list of curriculum resources from around the world

Resource Page for Regional Archives and Citizen Media
An extensive list of links to archives and multimedia, organized by Language Hotspots

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We are a non-profit research institute dedicated to documenting endangered languages around the world.