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     New York City is, without a doubt, one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. It's almost impossible to walk down the street without seeing the vibrant interweaving of other cultures into the American whole. To be in New York is to be in a city of countless tongues. The languages of the world are deeply ingrained in every corner of the city, and with them, their distinctive cultures.

     In the Fall of 2001, the New York University Morse Academic Plan (MAP) course, The Language of America's Ethnic Minorities, undertook a project to hear the voices of real and imagined immigrant communities, and learn about the people behind them. The students of this class traveled throughout the city to seek out neighborhoods where thirty-four separate ethnic cultures were thought to be flourishing. There, they discovered the degree to which the distinct languages of groups (LOTE: Languages other than English) are being maintained or lost, and the implications for cultural distinctiveness or assimilation.

     Their findings, within words and images, are archived here.

Project Conceptualized by:
           Renee Blake, Asst. Professor, Linguistics Department, and
           The Africana Studies Program

Site created by:
           Whitney A. Reynolds, MAP student (2001)

Site redesigned by:
           Allison Shapp, Graduate Student, Linguistics Department (2013)

Course (Fall 2001):
            The Language of America's Ethnic Minorities
            MAP: Foundations of Contemporary Culture, Societies and the Social

Graduate Student Preceptors:
           Bill Haddican and Erez Levon, Linguistics Department

Graduate Research Assistant (2012-Present):
           Allison Shapp, Linguistics Department

Gratitude for support received from:
           Matthew Santirocco, Dean of the College of Arts and Science (CAS)
           Sally Sanderlin, Assoc. Dean of CAS
          Vincent Renzi, Asst. Director of the MAP for the Foundations of
          Contemporary Culture

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