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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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

2020 – a year of languages

December 21, 2020

It was supposed to be our 10th anniversary, but this wasn’t a year for celebration. It was a year of doing what we could to continue our work, despite limitations. For many of the communities we work with, it was …...READ MORE

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