Language Capital Project

Created by Christian Ruvalcaba and Michelle Aguilera, students in the Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching at the University of Arizona, with support from CERCLL, the Language Capital Project attempts to map out non-residential spaces where speakers of non-national languages (e.g. languages other than English in the U.S.) work, volunteer, or gather.

It was made with the following goals in mind:

1) To help others locate speakers of their own native language in the local community.

2) To help people explore the linguistic diversity of their surroundings.

3) To serve as an educational tool for language learners and language teachers.

4) To promote small, local businesses owned by immigrants and Native Americans.

In solidarity with the University of Sheffield based project, Multilingualism and Mobility in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, the creators believe that awareness of cultural and linguistic diversity’s benefits can strengthen societies and inform education, migration, and economic policies.

Visit the Language Capital Project site.