Established in 1992.


The Committee on Endangered Languages and their Preservation (CELP) calls attention to the rapid loss of language diversity worldwide and encourages the documentation and study of endangered languages.


The work of the Committee includes but is not limited to the following:

Membership (open)

At least 6 members, serving three-year terms.

Committee Structure

  • Senior Co-chair, 2015:  Kristine Hildebrandt, Southern Illinois University
  • Junior Co-chair, 2015: Shobhana Chelliah, University of North Texas
  • Executive Committee Liaison: Natalie Schilling
  • Staff Liaison: David Robinson
  • Sub-committee Structure
  • Complete list of members

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CELP News!

  • In February 2015 the LSA passed, by an overwhelming majority, a resolution opposing the use of Native American-themed mascots in sports. Read more about this resolution here
  • The LSA will offer a Webinar on linguistics and human rights, March 20 2015, 12pm-1pm ET. This event is free and open to all interested individuals. More information and registration information can be found here