Endangered Language Alliance
We are living at a time when linguistic and cultural diversity are more threatened than ever before. In the New York City area alone, up to 800 languages may be spoken — and many of them are endangered. ELA’s work:
The Endangered Language Alliance, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, relies on grants and supporters like you to fund its work documenting, revitalizing and promoting languages at risk.
But we can’t continue our work without your financial support. Despite grants from agencies like the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Science Foundation, supporting our core mission remains an ongoing challenge.
Please consider donating today. All contributions are 100% tax-deductible, and can be made through PayPal or by check. We will never sell or give your personal information to any individual or organization.
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Each t-shirt purchased helps ELA continue its work in New York City and abroad. It also helps spread the word, letting people know there is a team of dedicated volunteers working to document and maintain New York’s many languages. What better way to say “I love you” than to say “I love NY”, in all six word orders found across human languages?
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ELA is powered by the work of its volunteers. Over the years, dozens of ELA volunteers have played a major role in documenting, describing, analyzing, and mapping the languages of New York. Others have helped with fundraising, communications, translation, digitization, public events, and other ELA initiatives. Many volunteers are undergraduate and graduate students in linguistics at colleges and universities in the New York area, particularly the Endangered Language Initiative at CUNY. Others are language activists, language enthusiasts, and simply interested New Yorkers. Volunteers are welcomed on a rolling basis all year long — usually coming into the ELA office in Manhattan one or two days a week, but occasionally assisting remotely — and are matched with new or existing projects depending on background, knowledge, and interest.
Every summer, ELA invites a small number of volunteers, including college students, to work on structured projects with ELA linguists on a more frequent, sustained basis. There is no formal application process, but each winter and spring, ELA begins accepting requests for summer volunteer positions and holding discussions with potential volunteers. Please get in touch!