Special Projects

ELA serves as a platform for a range of special projects depending on community interest and on circumstances that may arise, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yachay Simi

Yachay Simi

Yachay Simi is a project in partnership with rural Andean educators in Bolivia and Peru spearheaded by documentary linguist Susan Kalt since the early 2000s. The project has six main areas of activity: Language Documentation, Team Education, Creating Quechua Teaching Materials, Bringing Andean Wisdom to the US, Research Publications, and Rural Partnerships.

New York COVID-19 Diaries

New York COVID-19 featured daily recordings in many different languages describing what members of some of the city’s most affected but least known communities were experiencing during the pandemic.


Kratylos is a new online tool under joint development by ELA and computer scientist Raphael Finkel at the University of Kentucky, enabling linguists to share and analyze language data more easily as well as offering new ways of collecting data online.

Radio Alcal

Alcal Latin Radio, with its unique program of Spanish- and indigenous-language programming, broadcasted live online from ELA's recording studio in New York City.