Here are some helpful resources on endangered languages, language documentation and language conservation. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all resources. RNLD welcomes your suggestions for other series, books and articles to include here.


Series dedicated to language documentation and the maintenance of linguistic and cultural diversity

Clearly Heard Forever newsletter of the J. P. Harrington Database Project 2002-present (free, downloadable PDFs)

Cultural Survival journal (free online subscription to newsletter)

Foundation for Endangered Languages conference proceedings Volumes 2-14 (included in the membership fee for all paying FEL members)

Language Documentation & Conservation University of Hawai'i online journal (open-access: peer-reviewed and free downloadable PDFs, free subscription)

Language Documentation and Description HRELP annual Working Papers Volumes 1-8

Language Learning and Technology, online journal (free, downloadable PDFs)

Ogmios, Foundation for Endangered languages newsletter 1995-present (free, downloadable PDFs)

Proceedings of the Stabilizing Indigenous Languages Symposia, edited by Jon Reyhner and colleagues (free, downloadable PDFs)


Linked bibliographies and series

Bibliographies on British Columbia Native Languages

Bishop Museum Scholarly Publications


Books and journal articles

Abley, Mark. 2004. Spoken Here: Travels among Threatened Languages. London: Heinemann.

Amery, Rob. 2000. Warrabarna Kaurna! Reclaiming an Australian language. Lisse: Swets and Zeitlinger.

Austin, Peter, ed. 2008. One thousand languages. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Berez, Andrea L, Jean Mulder and Daisy Rosenblum, eds. 2010. Fieldwork and Linguistic Analysis in Indigenous Languages of the Americas. Language Documentation & Conservation Special Publication No. 2. Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press.

Bradley, David, ed. 2005. Language endangerment in the Sinosphere. [International Journal of the Sociology of Language 173]. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter.

Bradley, David and Maya Bradley. 2002. Language endangerment and language maintenance. London: RoutledgeCurzon.

Bradley, John with Yanyuwa Families. 2010. Singing Saltwater Country. Allen & Unwin.

Brenzinger, Matthias. 1992. Language death: Factual and theoretical explorations with special reference to East Africa. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Brenzinger, Matthias. ed. 1998. Endangered Languages in Africa. Köln: Rüdiger Küppe Verlag.

Brenzinger, Matthias. ed. 2007. Language diversity endangered. The Hague: Mouton de Gruyter.

Cantoni. Gina (ed.). 1996. Stabilizing Indigenous Languages. Flagstaff: Northern Arizona University.

Crosscurrent Associates. 1999. Languages of the land: a resource manual for Aboriginal language activists. Hay River, Canada.

Crowley, Terry. 2007. Field linguistics: A beginner's guide. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Crystal, David. 2000. Language death. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Dalby, Andrew. 2003. Language in danger. How language loss threatens our future. Harmondsworth: Penguin.

Dorian, Nancy. 1981. Language Death: The Life Cycle of a Scottish Gaelic Dialect. University of Philadelphia Press.

Dorian, Nancy C. 1989. Investigating obsolescence: Studies in language contraction and death. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

England, Nora C. 2003. Mayan language revival and revitalization politics: Linguists and linguistic ideologies. American Anthropologist 105:733-743.

England, Nora C. 2007. The influence of Mayan-speaking linguists on the state of Mayan linguistics. In Endangered languages, eds. Peter K. Austin and Andrew Simpson, 92-111. Hamburg: Helmut Buske Verlag.

Evans, Nicholas. 2010. Dying Words: Endangered Languages and What They Have to Tell Us. Chichester: Wiley Blackwell

Fishman, Joshua A. 1991. Reversing Language Shift: Theoretical and Empirical Foundations of Assistance to Threatened Languages. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters Ltd.

Fishman, Joshua A. 2001. Can threatened languages be saved? Reversing language shift, revisited: A 21st century perspective. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters Ltd.

Fitzgerald, Colleen. 2007. Developing language partnerships with the Tohono O'odham Nation. In Working together for endangered languages: Research challenges and social impacts, eds. Maya Khemlani David, Nicholas Ostler and Caesar Dealwis, 39-46. Bath, UK: Foundation for Endangered Languages.

Florey, Margaret, ed. 2010. Endangered languages of Austronesia. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Gippert, Jost, Nikolaus P. Himmelmann, and Ulrike Mosel, eds. 2006. Essentials of language documentation. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Goodfellow, Anne Marie (ed.). 2010. Speaking of Endangered Languages: Issues in Revitalization. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Grenoble, Lenore A. and Lindsay J. Whaley. 1998. Endangered languages: Language loss and community response. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Grenoble, Lenore A. and Lindsay J. Whaley. 2006. Saving languages: An introduction to language revitalization. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Grenoble, Lenore A. and N. Louanna Furbee (eds.). 2010. Language Documentation Practice and values. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Grinevald, Colette. 2006. A view from the field: An Amerindian view, worrying about ethics and wondering about informed consent. In Lesser known languages in South Asia: Status and policies, case studies and applications of information technology. TiLSM 175, eds. A. Saxena and L. Borin, 339-370: Mouton de Gruyter.

Grinevald, Colette. 2007. Endangered languages of Mexico and Central America. In Language diversity endangered, ed. M. Brenzinger, 59-86. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Grondona, Veronica and Thomason, Sarah. 2008. Endangered Languages. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Hagège, Claude. 2001. Halte à la mort des langues. Edition Odile Jacob.

Harmon, David. 1996. Losing species, losing languages: connections between biological and linguistic diversity. Southwest Journal of Linguistics 15: 89-108

Harrison K. David. 2010. The Last Speakers: The Quest to Save the World's Most Endangered Languages. Random House.

Harrison, K. David. 2007. When languages die: The extinction of the world's languages and the erosion of human knowledge. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Harrison, K. David, David S. Rood, and Arienne Dwyer, eds. 2008. Lessons from Documented Endangered Languages. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company.

Henderson, John and David Nash (eds). 2002. Language in native title. Canberra: Aboriginal Studies Press.

Hinton, Leanne. 1994. Flutes of fire: Essays on California Indian languages. Berkeley: Heydey books.

Hinton, Leanne. 2002. How to keep your language alive. Berkeley: Heydey books.

Hinton, Leanne and Kenneth Hale, eds. 2001. The green book of language revitalization in practice. San Diego: Academic Press.

Hobson, John, Kevin Lowe, Susan Poetsch and Michael Walsh (eds.). 2010. Re-awakening languages: theory and practice in the revitalisation of Australia's Indigenous languages. Sydney: Sydney University Press

Janse, Mark and Sijmen Tol, eds. 2003. Language death and language maintenance: Theoretical, practical and descriptive approaches. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

King, Kendall, Natalie Schilling-Estes, Lyn Wright Fogle, and Jia Jackie Lou  (eds.). 2008. Sustaining Linguistic Diversity: Endangered and Minority Languages and Language Varieties. Washington D.C.: Georgetown University Press.

Kipp, Darrell R. 2000. Encouragement, Guidance, Insights, and Lessons Learned for Native Language Activists Developing Their Own Tribal Language Programs. (downloadable PDF)

Maffi, Luisa, ed. 2001. On biocultural diversity: Linking language, knowledge and the environment. Washington D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press.

McCarty, Teresa L., Lucille J. Watahomigie, Akira Y. Yamamoto, and Ofelia Zepeda. 1997. School-community-university collaborations: The American Indian Language Development Institute. In Teaching indigenous Languages, ed. Jon Reyhner, 85-104. Flagstaff: Northern Arizona University.

McWorter, John. 2001. The Power of Babel. Basic Books.

Meek, Barbra A. 2011.  We Are Our Language: An Ethnography of Language Revitalization in a Northern Athabaskan Community. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.

Miyaoka, Osahito, Osamu Sakiyama, and Michael E. Krauss, eds. 2007. The vanishing languages of the Pacific Rim. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Moseley, Christopher (ed.). 2007. Encyclopedia of the World's Endangered Languages. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.

Moseley, Christopher. Editor in Chief. 2009. Atlas of the world’s languages in danger. Paris: UNESCO.

Nettle, Daniel and Suzanne Romaine. 2000. Vanishing voices: The extinction of the world's languages. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Penfield, Susan, Angelina Serratos, Benjamin V. Tucker, Amelia Flores, Gilford Harper, Johnny Jr. Hill, and Nora Vasquez. 2008. Community collaborations: Best practices for North American Indigenous language documentation. International Journal of the Sociology of Language 191:187-202.

Rau, D. Victoria and Margaret Florey, eds. 2007. Documenting and revitalising Austronesian languages. Language Documentation & Conservation Special Publication No. 1. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press.

Reyhner, Jon (ed.). 1990. Effective Language Education Practices and Native Language Survival. Flagstaff: Northern Arizona University.

Reyhner, Jon (ed.). 1997. Teaching Indigenous Languages. Flagstaff: Northern Arizona University.

Reyhner, Jon, Gina Cantoni, Robert St. Clair & Evangeline Parsons Yazzie (eds.). 1999. Revitalizing Indigenous Languages. Flagstaff: Northern Arizona University.

Reyhner, Jon, Joseph Martin, Louise Lockard, & W. Sakiestewa Gilbert (eds.). 2000. Learn in Beauty: Indigenous Education for a New Century. Flagstaff: Northern Arizona University.

Reyhner, Jon and Burnaby, Barbara (eds.). 2003. Indigenous Languages Across the Community. Flagstaff: Northern Arizona University.

Reyhner, Jon Octaviana V. Trujillo, Roberto Luis Carrasco and Louise Lockard (eds.). 2003. Nurturing Native Languages. Flagstaff: Northern Arizona University.

Reyhner, Jon and Lockard, Louise (eds.) 2009. Indigenous Language Revitalization: Encouragement, Guidance & Lessons Learned. Flagstaff: Northern Arizona University.

Reyhner, Jon, Willard Sakiestewa Gilbert and Louise Lockard (eds.). 2011. Honoring Our Heritage. Culturally Appropriate Approaches for Teaching Indigenous Students. Flagstaff: Northern Arizona University

Rice, Keren. 2006. Ethical issues in linguistic fieldwork: An overview. Journal of Academic Ethics 4: 1-4

Robins, Robert H. and Eugenius Uhlenbeck (eds.). 1991. Endangered Languages. Oxford: Berg.

Shaw, Patricia A. 2004. Negotiating against loss: Responsibility, reciprocity, and respect in endangered language research. In Lectures on endangered languages 4, eds. Sakiyama, Endo, Watanabe and Sasama, 181-194. Osaka: Endangered Languages of the Pacific Rim (ELPR) Series C004.

Thieberger, Nicholas, ed. 1995 (reprinted 2005). Paper and talk: A manual for reconstituting materials in Australian indigenous languages from historical sources. Canberra: AIATSIS.

Tsunoda, Tasaku. 2005. Language endangerment and language revitalization. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

UNESCO, Ad Hoc Expert Group on Endangered Languages. 2003. Language vitality and endangerment. Paris: UNESCO.

Wohlgemuth, Jan and Dirksmeyer Tyko (eds.). 2005. Bedrohte Vielfalt: Aspekte des Sprach(en)tods (Aspects of language death. Berlin: Weissensee Verlag.

Woodbury, Anthony C. and Nora C. England. 2004. Training speakers of indigenous languages of Latin America at a U.S. university. In Language documentation and description, Vol. 2, ed. Peter K. Austin, 122–139. London: Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project.