Saturday, March 07, 2009

Tawalt closing down

Tawalt is a nine-year-old Libya-focused Amazigh/Berber website with a remarkable collection of audio recordings, sketch grammars, vocabularies, and resources for some of the least well documented Berber languages - those of Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt. It is thus rather a shame that Tawalt is shutting down - updates stopping immediately, and site to go down by the end of the year. Sure, the Wayback Machine should preserve all the texts on it - but not its remarkable audio archives (which have already disappeared from the main page.) Their plans are probably related to political problems - the site's political postings had gotten rather outspoken. If you have any interest in Berber linguistics, I suggest looking around now before it disappears...

3 comments:

David Marjanović said...

Why doesn't someone in another country put up a mirror site?

languagehat said...

That's a damn shame. Also, what David said.

mully said...

at the least, if there are any .wav files on the site that need to be saved, they can email them to me and i'll start a myspace page, just to keep them up until another site is located/funded....
contact me at: millybaco@yahoo.com
thanks,
- scott