Language documentation resources

Here are links to resources for


There is a growing literature on language documentation. Here are some of the foundational articles and books.

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

Himmelmann, Nikolaus P. 1998. Documentary and descriptive linguistics. Linguistics, 36.161–195.

Himmelmann, Nikolaus P. 2008. Reproduction and preservation of linguistic knowledge: linguistics' response to language endangerment. Annual Review of  Anthropology, 39:337-50.

Woodbury, Tony. 2003. Defining documentary linguistics. In P. Austin (ed.) Language documentation and description, Vol. 1, 35-51. London: SOAS.


A useful overview of language documentation can be found at the HRELP What is language documentation? page, and the resources at their 'Online resources for endangered languages' page are also helpful.