The Recovering Languages and Literacies of the Americas Initiative

The world's linguistic diversity is diminishing, with more than two hundred languages declared extinct and thousands more endangered. As these languages disappear, deep stores of knowledge and cultural memory are also lost. The scholarly significance of these endangered and extinct languages and literacies provides the impetus for this collaborative initiative supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation: Recovering Languages and Literacies of the Americas.


Areas of Interest

University of Nebraska Press—indigenous language and literacy in North America

University of Oklahoma Press—native languages and literacies of North America and Central America

University of Texas Press—language and literacy in Mexico, South America, and Central America


About the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation currently makes grants in five core program areas. Within each of its core programs, the Foundation concentrates most of its grantmaking in a few areas. Institutions and programs receiving support are often leaders in fields of Foundation activity, but they may also be promising newcomers or in a position to demonstrate new ways of overcoming obstacles to achieve program goals.

Our grantmaking philosophy is to build, strengthen, and sustain institutions and their core capacities rather than be a source for narrowly defined projects. As such, we develop thoughtful, long-term collaborations with grant recipients and invest sufficient funds for an extended period to accomplish the purpose at hand and achieve meaningful results.

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