Endangered Language Alliance


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Please consider making a donation to ELA today.

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:

  • helps NYC’s immigrant populations document and maintain their languages.
  • connects linguists, speakers, and community activists.
  • enables language classes in rarely taught languages included K’iche, Breton, Nahuatl, and Kichwa.
  • educates the public about urban linguistic diversity and the deep diversity of New York City.

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.

Donate $25 or more and choose a free gift — either a CD of a unique Breton-Garifuna encounter or an I-Love-NY t-shirt showcasing linguistic diversity.

Checks should be payable to ‘The Endangered Language Alliance’ and can be sent to:

Endangered Language Alliance
3 West 18th St., 6th floor
New York, NY 10011
United States


Buy from the ELA Store
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?

International shipments may be subject to an additional shipping charge.

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Thank you for your support!


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. Speakers of less common and endangered languages are particularly welcome. Please get in touch!

NOTE: At the moment, we are only taking volunteers on an occasional basis where there is a close fit between a volunteer’s skill set and interests and ELA’s current needs, but please subscribe to our newsletter and keep in touch to hear about future opportunities.