Endangered Language Alliance

Founded in 2010, the Endangered Language Alliance (ELA) is a non-profit dedicated to documenting and 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 >

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News and Events


Indigenous Peoples’ Day

October 13, 2020

In honor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, a piece of Nahuatl graffiti spotted by ELA board member Juliette Blevins in South Mountain Reserve, New Jersey: “I love you.”...READ MORE

Classes, Fieldwork, and More (Virtually!)

October 7, 2020

ELA’s work is all about what happens when communities, linguists, artists, students, and language lovers come together — usually in person, in a room, at a community center, at a festival, up a mountain or on a Brooklyn street corner…&n...READ MORE

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