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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics


Cambridge Endangered Languages and Cultures Group (CELC)

Fieldwork in Dehe, Iraqi Kurdistan. Image: Dorota Molin


The Cambridge Endangered Languages and Cultures Group (CELC) pursues an interdisciplinary approach to the theory, methodology and practice of endangered language and culture documentation. Use the links to the left to find out more about our seminar series, our annual conferences and workshops and our convenors. To keep in touch, follow CELC on Facebook and subscribe to our mailing list!

About CELC

The group brings together scholars from diverse disciplines interested in linguistic diversity and cultural heritage from Cambridge and other academic institutions, fostering an environment where they can exchange ideas and discuss common concerns. We remain committed to the dissemination of research findings from language and cultural documentation research to a wider public and to source communities.

Through our series of seminars, workshops and conferences, we connect scholarship across disciplines and provide a forum for early career researchers and senior scholars to engage in a dialogue on linguistic and cultural endangerment and revitalisation. By addressing issues of public importance and by promoting multidisciplinary research into endangered languages and cultures, we aim to meet the following objectives:

  • support the documentation, preservation and revitalisation of endangered languages, cultures and oral traditions
  • encourage fieldwork on endangered languages, and explore innovative field methods and new technologies for language and culture documentation projects
  • raise awareness of the threats facing linguistic and cultural diversity, and share information and knowledge of these issues across departments within the University of Cambridge and beyond.