The project is divided into linguistic subprojects with a duration of three years, each focussing on one of the language covered by the project and one technical/methodological subproject for the conception and implementation of the required technical infrastructure.

Current subprojects are:


Dolgan belongs to the Northern Siberian group of the north-eastern branch of the Turkic languages and is spoken by approx. 1,000 people on the Taimyr peninsula in the extreme north of Siberia, Russia. It undergoes strong language contact on the one hand with Russian as the dominating matrix language and on the other hand with Evenki, Nganasan, Enets and Nenets as further minority languages. In the INEL-project different materials of Dolgan are gathered and processed: The first materials are already published folklore texts which are now digitalised, glossed and annotated. Further materials were made available by the House of Cultures of the Peoples of the Taimyr peninsula in Dudinka, Russia. These materials are recordings from a local radio station which will be transcribed during the work and which will finally also be glossed and annotated.

Examples of annotated texts: OldManHares (tale), SnowOwl (tale), OldWomanFoxFur (tale)


Kamas belongs the southern group of the Samoyedic languages which form one of the two main branches of the Uralic language family. At the latest it became extinct in 1989, when the last speaker, Klavdiya Plotnikova, died, but as a spoken language it became extinct already in the first half of the 20th century. It was spoken in the mountains of Sayan in Southern Siberia, Russia and underwent extensive language contact with Turkic languages spoken in that area. In the INEL-project different already existing materials are gathered and processed: The first materials are published texts which were digitalised, glossed and annotated during the work. Further materials stem from archives in Helsinki, Finland, and Tartu, Estonia. Those materials are audio recordings, mainly of the last speaker of the language, which will be transcribed and afterwards also glossed and linguistically annotated.

Examples of glossed texts: Girl [tale], Lament [song]


Northern Selkup:
Selkup is the last still spoken language of the southern group of the Samoyedic languages which form one of the two main branches of the Uralic language family. All in all, approx. 1,000 people declared themselves to speak Selkup in the last Russian census in 2010, the vast majority of them speaking Northern Selkup, whereas Central and Southern Selkup can be regarded as nearly extinct. In the INEL-project the archive materials of Angelina Kuzmina (hand-written manuscripts, 8554 pages in 37 notebooks, and audio, approx. 25 hours), which are located at the Institute of Finnougristics/Uralistics at the Universität Hamburg and in Novosibirsk, are processed, i.e. they are at first digitalised and then glossed and linguistically annotated. The materials stem mainly from the 1960es, so the underlying sociolinguistic situation is quite different from today.

Examples of annotated texts: Berry (narrative), Witch (tale), Palna (tale), War (narrative), Funeral (narrative)