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

Follow us!

CELP News!

  • Thanks to generous support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, ATALM now has scholarship funds to help tribal members who are engaged in language programs attend the conference. Applicants who partner with archives, libraries, or museums receive priority. Applicants may request funding for conference registration fees, shared lodging, and a travel stipend. June 15 is the deadline for applying, with announcements made on or before July 1. Scholarship applications are available at
  • A very important press release from the LSA: a new Congressional Bill aims to cut NSF funding for social science research by a dramatic 45%. This would of course negatively impact Linguistics and DEL programs, along with other programs with interdisciplinary overlap and the dissertation improvement grants. The LSA (and the Consortium of Social Science Associations) strongly oppose this move. There are steps that you can take right now to voice your own opposition. One is to send a message to your Congressional representative. You can find out more about this here
  • 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

Funders' Corner

  • Information and updates relevant to funding on initiatives that support the CELP charge

From the Archivists

  • Information and updates from archives and repositories
  • June 2016: "Training Local Heritage Researchers," by Gary Holton (click on the link above)