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The Language Archive

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The Language Archive at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (TLA) holds one of the largest collections of language related research data worldwide. It strives to provide a unique record of how people around the world speak in everyday family life. It focuses on collecting spoken and signed language materials in audio and video form along with transcriptions, analyses, annotations and other types of relevant ancillaries (e.g. photos, accompanying notes). The archive includes speech data from everyday interactions in families and communities, focusing on families with children, but including naturalistic data from adult conversations from under-studied languages and linguistic phenomena. Due to a variety of reasons, including globalization and political repression, many of these under-studied languages are at risk of no longer being spoken by future generations. TLA’s goal is to preserve its language collections for future use and to make them available for research and other uses both now and in the future. A selection of the archive’s holdings was recognized by UNESCO as Memory of the World in 2015.

Member Profile

Organization Name The Language Archive
Membership Type Regular Member
Member Since 29 Jan 2013
Organization Website
Host Organization Name Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
Representative Name Paul Trilsbeek
Address Max-Planck-Institut for Psycholinguistics, P.O. Box 310, Nijmegen 6500 AH
Network Affiliation CLARIN,, OLAC

Updated:18 Mar 2019