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, 2021

  • Senior Co-Chair: Racquel-María Sapién, University of Oklahoma
  • Junior Co-Chair: Wilson de Lima Silva, University of Arizona
  • Past Senior Co-Chair: Carmen Jany, California State University San Bernardino
  • Media Coordinator: Kathryn Pewenofkit Briner, Florida Atlantic University
  • Student Officer: Simon L. Peters, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Past Student Officer: Dannii Yarbrough, University of Hawai'i
  • Executive Committee Liaison: Lenore Grenoble
  • Staff Liaison: Angela Schrader
  • Sub-committee Structure: Activism, Awards, Events, and Media; read more about each here
  • Complete list of members
  • Complete list of previous Chairs

New Resource! Help Program for Endangered Language Legacy Collections 

Symposia and Education

CELP regularly addresses methodology and ethics by planning and co-sponoring events at the LSA’s Annual Meeting:


In recent years, CELP has worked with the LSA to issue a number of resolutions, statements, and endorsements:

CELP also initiated a letter-writing campaign in 2011 urging President Obama to sign a Draft Executive Order titled "White House Initiative on Native American Language Revitalization." The LSA works closely with the National Humanities Alliance to support humanities advocacy on behalf of funding for language documentation and revitalization.


The LSA promotes work on endangered languages by offering several awards:

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CELP-Endorsed LSA Statements and Resolutions:


Educational and funding resources that support the documentation and study of endangered languages can be found here.

For information about CELP's collaboration with the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA) in celebration of 2019 as the UN's International Year of Indigenous Languages, click HERE.

To Join the Committee on Endangered Languages and their Preservation, please contact the Secretariat staff, and cc the current CELP co-chairs.