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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Songs and Singers of the Himalaya

May 21, 2019

Join us on Memorial Day (May 27, doors open at 1 pm) for this free community event celebrating the songs and singers of the Himalayan diaspora in New York, open to everyone! If you’re on Facebook, let us know if …...READ MORE

NYC Language Map: 631 languages at 970 sites

May 15, 2019

Our full-scale (24 x 36), all-color language map of New York City, featuring 631 languages at 970 different sites, is ready! We’re now offering the First Edition of this unique map to anyone who donates $50 in support of ELA’s …...READ MORE

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