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the latest on endangered language work at ELA

ELA’s Language Map in the News

Since its release in December, ELA’s “Languages of New York” map has been featured in a range of publications, including Gothamist, Time Out, The Daily Sun (New York’s daily Japanese newspaper), with re-tweets by the New York City’s Mayor Office and leading New York City politicians.

Then a few weeks ago, The New York Times featured the work of our friend and collaborator Rasmina Gurung, together with ELA, to bolster her native language Seke — which has just 700 speakers worldwide, over 100 of whom live in NYC.

Above all, we’ve been thrilled by the fact that hundreds of people around the world have donated to ELA to receive the map and support linguistic diversity. So many of you have written to us about your languages, your communities, and your work — we’re sorry if we’ve been slow in responding, but please keep it all coming!

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On #GivingTuesday, Support Languages and Get a Map

On December 3, #GivingTuesday, Facebook may match any donations we get on their platform. Those donations go right into our work documenting and support endangered languages in New York and around the world — and doubling them really matters. Please donate and spread the word. To say thanks, we’re sending donors our beautiful new language maps.

The incredible diversity of Central Queens — on ELA’s new language map.

Anyone who gives at least $40 will get a brand-new, full-scale (24 x 36), all-color language map of New York City, featuring over 600 languages – a #GivingTuesday special.

If you donate $50, we’ll also send you our (13″ x 16″) language map of Queens, featuring over 150 languages. 

If you donate $60, we’ll send you the NYC map plus an ELA t-shirt showing I ❤ NY in all the possible sentence orders in the languages of the world.

*Please add $20 for shipping outside the US*

Please send your mailing address to info@elalliance.org to receive your map!

If you are not on Facebook, you can recognize ELA on #GivingTuesday (or any day) by donating here. All donations to ELA are tax-deductible.

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Connecting Language and Health

ELA Co-Directors Ross Perlin and Daniel Kaufman spoke last week on “Language Access, Health, and Indigenous Communities in New York City” at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancel Center’s Immigrant Health and Cancer Disparities Service. It was a unique opportunity to bridge the gap between linguist work and public health, specifically addressing NYC’s substantial and growing Indigenous Latin American communities who often remain dispersed, invisible, and without access to services, including translation and interpretation. We discussed linguistic, cultural, and health challenges and opportunities in working with this new and relatively little-known community, based on research in collaboration with the NYC Department of Health.

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NYC Language Maps — Available Now!

Donate $50 to ELA in support of ELA’s work with speakers of languages in New York and around the world — and we’ll mail you our brand-new, full-scale (24 x 36), all-color language map of New York City, featuring 637 languages at 983 different sites, is ready!

If you donate $65, we’ll add in EITHER our (13″ x 16″) language map of Queens, featuring over 150 languages, or an ELA t-shirt showing I ❤ NY in all the possible sentence orders in the languages of the world.

There are three ways to get the map: clicking the Donate button on our Facebook page, donating via Paypal, or mailing us a check made out to Endangered Language Alliance.

*Please add $20 for shipping outside the US*

Please send your mailing address to info@elalliance.org to receive your map!

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Upcoming Himalayan New York Events!

We’re excited to announce two upcoming Himalayan-themed events in NYC.

On the evening of Thursday October 24, a rare screening of Trembling Mountain, a film about the Nepal earthquake of 2015, including Q&A with the filmmaker, ELA’s friend Kesang Tseten, at the Maysles Theater in Harlem. Suggested donation.

The next day Friday October 25 at Columbia, join us for a panel discussion about ELA’s work with the New York Himalayan community.

Himalayan New York: Stories of Migration, Language, Belonging and Social Change

 

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Fall Events

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 @ 7 PM (Soho, NYC)
HOW TO REVIVE A FADING LANGUAGE

Join ELA and the great public radio station WNYC, with Micropolis host Arun Venugopal, for a night of performances, audience participation and plenty of hearty conversation — previewed here. You’ll learn phrases and hear music and stories in languages that New Yorkers are keeping alive and well in their own communities. And we’ll be debuting ELA’s new NYC language map!

*GET $5 OFF TICKETS WITH DISCOUNT CODE WORD*

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19 @ 7:30 PM (Montclair, NJ)
LOUD & CLEAR: LINGUISTIC DIVERSITY ON THE BRINK

ELA brings together a panel of Lunaape, Dbaku (Cuicatec), Neo-Aramaic, and Maninka/N’ko activists for a discussion before the immersive oratorio Last Whispers by artist Lena Herzog.

… and stay tuned for a midday event on October 25 at Columbia University on Voices of the Himalaya!

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NYC Language Map: 631 languages at 970 sites

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Our full-scale (24 x 36), all-color language map of New York City, featuring 631 languages at 970 different sites, is ready!

We’re now offering the First Edition of this unique map to anyone who donates $50 in support of ELA’s work with speakers of languages in New York and around the world. (If you’ve already ordered, you should get your map soon.)

There are three ways to receive the map — contributing to this just-launched fundraiser on Facebook, donating via Paypal, or with an old-school check mailed to us and made out to Endangered Language Alliance.

If you donate $65, we’ll add in EITHER our (13″ x 16″) language map of Queens, featuring over 150 languages, or an ELA t-shirt showing I ❤ NY in all the possible sentence orders in the languages of the world.

*Please add $20 for shipping outside the US*

Please send your mailing address to info@elalliance.org to receive your map!

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Language Marathon on the Lower East Side

Save the date: on Sunday February 24, from 2 pm, join ELA at University Settlement on Manhattan’s Lower East Side for a no-holds-barred language marathon, featuring speakers of languages from around the world!

Donations are appreciated, but everyone is welcome. We’ll also have a special sale going, with ELA’s Queens language maps and unique t-shirts both going for just $10. 

Come hear poems, songs, jokes, proverbs and learn a few words in over a dozen languages originally from Pakistan, Mexico, Indonesia, and elsewhere, all now spoken in NYC. The stage is also open to anyone and everyone who would like to share a few words of their mother tongue: just drop us a line telling us a little about what you’d like to present.

What’s the occasion? Since 1999, in memory of the 1952 Bengali Language Movement, the United Nations has designated February 21 as International Mother Language Day, a day to celebrate all of the world’s approximately 7,000 languages as equally rich, varied, and extraordinary vehicles for communication and thought. This year we’ll also be recognizing the International Year of Indigenous Languages, a huge range of events around the world celebrating the deep value and indigenous language, thought, and cutlure.

 

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Native Sounds Downtown! Garifuna in NYC

Celebrate International Mother Language Day, the Year of Indigenous Languages, and Black History Month by going to hear our long-time collaborator and friend James Lovell —with a team of percussionists and dancers — discuss and perform Garifuna music at the National Museum of the American Indian in downtown NYC.

More details below:

Native Sounds Downtown! Garifuna Concert with James Lovell
Thursday, Feb. 21, 6 p.m.
Diker Pavilion
Cultural advocate and Garifuna historian James Lovell celebrates his Afro-Indigenous heritage in concert. Joined by dynamic percussionists and dancers, Lovell offers his knowledge and talent through music and conversation in honor of Black History Month.
This concert is presented in partnership with the Smithsonian Latino Center.

https://www.facebook.com/events/291405728155363/

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