The Nganasans are the most northern inhabitants of the Eurasian area. Together with its close relatives Nenets and Enets, Nganasan forms the Samoyedic branch of the Uralic language family with contacts to Dolgan and Evenki.
A survey conducted in 2010 revealed that the language was spoken by only 125 of the 807 Nganasan inhabitants of the Taimyr Peninsula at the time (all of whom were over 55 years old) in northern Siberia. It is thus in immediate danger of extinction.
At present, members of the Nganasan ethnic group can only be found sporadically in the villages of Usť-Avam, Volochanka, Novaya and in the administrative capital of the Taimyr Dolgan-Nenets Municipality District, Dudinka.
The INEL Nganasan Corpus builds on the Nganasan Spoken Language Corpus (NSLC), which was created in 2014-2016 at the Institute for Finnougristics/Uralistics at the University of Hamburg with funding from the German Research Foundation.
In addition to supplementing and expanding the dataset, the Nganasan sub-project is harmonising glosses and annotations with regard to the conventions and standards of the INEL project.