There are over 6000 languages spoken in the world today, but at least half are in danger of extinction by the end of this century. While researchers travel the world in an effort to document these languages before they are lost, here in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) – one of the most linguistically diverse cities on Earth – we are surrounded by dozens of such languages spoken by members of our community.
The mission of the Endangered Language Alliance Toronto (ELAT) is to:
- Document endangered and under-described languages through audio and video recordings of speakers in the GTA
- Support community-led preservation and education initiatives
- Celebrate the linguistic diversity of our city while raising awareness of the global endangered language crisis
ELA Toronto was formed in 2012 and is a sister organization to the Endangered Language Alliance of New York City.