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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Language Marathon on the Lower East Side

February 7, 2019

Save the date: on Sunday February 24, from 2 pm, join ELA at University Settlement on Manhattan’s Lower East Side for a no-holds-barred language marathon, featuring speakers of languages from around the world! Donations are appreciate...READ MORE

Native Sounds Downtown! Garifuna in NYC

February 6, 2019

Celebrate International Mother Language Day, the Year of Indigenous Languages, and Black History Month by going to hear our long-time collaborator and friend James Lovell —with a team of percussionists and dancers — discuss and perform Garif...READ MORE

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