Mission Statement

Documenting Endangered Languages of the Pacific (DELP) provides an overview of the linguistic research currently being undertaken at the University of Sydney, Australia, focusing on the study of endangered languages of the Asia-Pacific region.

It is a website initiative which aims to:
  1. compile research and documentation on the endangered languages of the Asia-Pacific region;
  2. make linguistic research of these languages more accessable in a digitised format for others; and
  3. establish a central website from which individuals can learn about endangered languages of the Asia-Pacific region.

The Asia Pacific region, with its extreme linguistic diversity, and thousands of languages, presents the urgent task of language documentation with an especially demanding challenge. Websites are an important aspect of contemporary language preservation efforts, and they are a vital tool for communication and the advertisement of organizations activities. DELP functions as the centre for the study of the endangered languages of the Asia Pacific at Sydney University on the web. It features the works of a range of academics from the University as well as a comprehensive catalog of links and resources forming a network of information for the study of endangered languages. DELP is also a more general centre for the study of linguistics. In an effort to promote the preservation of endangered languages DELP also encourages a greater understanding of linguistics.

Bill Foley and student group

Bill Foley and 2005 Informatics project group, Voxcomm.

DELP was conceived by Prof. Bill Foley, Head of the linguistics department at the University of Sydney. This website was developed by a student project group in Arts Informatics Project I, part of the BA Informatics degree at the University.

For information how to contact Bill Foley, please click to go to the Contact Us page.

For more information on endangered languages, please click here.

Webpage created by Voxcomm, a 2005 Arts Informatics Project. All information, images and media copyright of the Linguistics Department, USYD, 2005.