Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

AILLA Raises Funds to Preserve Indigenous Latin American Languages

Mon, May 12, 2014

Hundreds of native languages are still spoken in Latin America, but they are all in danger of being lost. It is vital to collect recordings of native speakers performing oral works of importance to their cultures, as well as everyday speech. However, recording these languages is not enough. Many of already existing recordings are aging, preserved on technology that is subject to degradation over time. The mission of the Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America, AILLA, housed at the is to preserve these recordings permanently. AILLA is the only digital resource of its kind in the world, with more than 16,000 audio and visual recordings of more than 250 indigenous languages in a wide range of genres, plus dictionaries and transcripts—all available for free.

AILLA needs your help! AILLA’a digital archival space is reaching capacity, and as additional materials arrive weekly, funds are needed to upgrade the site. Every dollar raised by May 31 will be matched 1:1 by Joel and Dina Sherzer. Please make your gift count by contributing today.

For more information and to make a gift today, visit UT Giving.

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