Endangered Language Alliance

The Endangered Language Alliance (ELA) is an independent non-profit based in New York City and the only organization in the world focused on the immense linguistic diversity of urban areas. Many of the New York area’s estimated 800 languages are highly endangered; for many, New York is a major center.¬†ELA documents and describes underdescribed and endangered languages, educating a larger public and collaborating with communities.

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The World in Words: From Ainu to Zaza

June 8, 2016

On Tuesday June 21 at 6:30 pm, come listen in on a live podcast taping, featuring ELA and The World in Words at the New York Public Library, one of the world’s great research institutions, with materials on over 430 …...READ MORE

Endangered Languages at the Queens Museum

June 7, 2016

ELA is collaborating with the Queens Museum, at the center of one of the most linguistically diverse places on earth, on two exhibits and a series of public events. This Saturday June 11, from 2 to 4 pm, “Languages Lost …...READ MORE

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The New York Times features ELA's work on the endangered languages of New York City.

Simon Mardakhayev, a Juhuri speaker and teacher originally from Quba, Azerbaijan, tells a story he heard from his mother, about a mother's love for her children.

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