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Foundation for Endangered Languages

The Foundation for Endangered Languages supports, enables and assists the documentation, protection and promotion of endangered languages. This website describes our activities, and includes our newsletter Ogmios and details of our conferences.


Our next conference, FEL XVIII, will address the theme: Indigenous Languages | Value to the Community.

It will take place at Naha, on the Ryukyuan island of Okinawa, during 17-20 September 2014. For more details, and a Call for Abstracts, visit the FEL XVIII home page. The deadline for abstracts is 31 March 2014.

Many of the presentations at FEL XVI Auckland (2012) are now available for view at its Media page.

Our latest round of grants is now advertised on our Grants page.

Latest issue of Ogmios, the FEL newsletter

Web news and stories on Endangered Languages 




The aims of the Foundation are:
  • to raise awareness of endangered languages, both inside and outside the communities where they are spoken, through all channels and media
  • to support the use of endangered languages in all contexts: at home, in education, in the media, and in social, cultural and economic life
  • to monitor linguistic policies and practices, and to seek to influence the appropriate authorities where necessary
  • to support the documentation of endangered languages, by offering financial assistance, training, or facilities for the publication of results
  • to collect and make available information of use in the preservation of endangered languages; to disseminate information on all of the above activities as widely as possible