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 >

NEW: The digital NYC language map is live! Check it out here >

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This Saturday — Come See Us on Governors Island!

June 2, 2021

This Saturday June 5 at 2 pm, ELA is kicking off “The World in the City”, its summer residency on wonderful Governors Island, just minutes (by ferry) from Manhattan and Brooklyn. Join us for a safe, low-key, super-casual meet and …...READ MORE

The Digital NYC Language Map is Live!

April 15, 2021

It’s live: LANGUAGEMAP.NYC.  It’s been a decade since we first began documenting the languages of NYC, the most linguistically diverse city in the world. Today we can finally share much more of what we’ve learned from...READ MORE

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