Endangered Language Alliance

Founded in 2010, the Endangered Language Alliance (ELA) is a non-profit based dedicated to supporting linguistic diversity and endangered languages in New York City and beyond. ELA’s unique network of researchers, activists, and students documents the speech, stories, and songs of immigrant, refugee, and diaspora communities, bringing it to a wider audience. ELA’s work has been recognized by The New York Times, the BBC, NPR, CNN, and The New Yorker. Learn more >

NEW: See ELA’s just-launched language map of New York City >

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NYC Language Maps — Available Now!

October 11, 2019

Donate $50 to ELA in support of ELA’s work with speakers of languages in New York and around the world — and we’ll mail you our brand-new, full-scale (24 x 36), all-color language map of New York City, featuring 637 …...READ MORE

Upcoming Himalayan New York Events!

October 10, 2019

We’re excited to announce two upcoming Himalayan-themed events in NYC. On the evening of Thursday October 24, a rare screening of Trembling Mountain, a film about the Nepal earthquake of 2015, including Q&A with the filmmaker, ELA̵...READ MORE

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