Update

It has almost been 2 years since this project began. New collaborators have continued to contribute to the project. The map below is now somewhat outdated compared to the amount of data we have collected in recent semesters. We have even added new types of locations, such as doctors, psychologists, and lawyers.

With the help of a fellowship from the Confluencenter, we will soon be posting an updated map designed by Naveed Ahmed of the University of Arizona’s Enterprise Geographic Information System (EGIS). It will be easier to navigate, it will be available in multiple languages, and it will have more locations and videos. It will also be on a different website.

Since we posted the map in the summer of 2015, similar projects have sprouted in various cities. Some projects appeared independently, such as Arriving in Berlin . Other projects have been directly influenced or inspired by the Tucson Language Capital Project. These include projects based out of Yale UniversityPrinceton University, Emory University, and the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

We are always happy to work with students, faculty, or participants within the general Tucson community. If you want to help out or just stay informed on our progress, please contact us. We also have a Facebook Group.

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Language Capital Project – Tucson Arizona

Many employees and owners of Tucson businesses are native speakers of foreign and Native American languages. This map-in-progress offers a glimpse of the linguistic diversity in Tucson, Arizona. We hope it will allow people to find their community, explore new cultures, or give them a place to practice a language they’re learning.

Right now the map is far from complete. We hope others will help fill in the gaps in our Tucson map and also expand the project to other communities, near and far.

Please contact us if you would like to participate in this project, or if you would like to suggest a new addition or correction to the Tucson map.

Middle Eastern and North African – Arabic (varieties), Persian/Farsi, Tigrinya, Amharic

West African Languages: Mina, Fon

East Asian Languages: Cantonese Chinese, Mandarin Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Thai, Malay

Western European Languages: Spanish, French, Italian, German, Greek

Languages of India: Hindi, Kannada, Konkani, Nepali, Bengali, Telugu

Slavic Languages: Russian, Polish, Bosnian

Thanks to everyone who provided information:

Mahmoud Azaz, Samina Yasmin, Dr. Doug Adamson, Sichon (Nat) Koowuttayakorn, Dr. Andrea Dallas, Dr. Rudy Troike, Yu Chen, Qian Zhang, Carmen Socorro Solis Delgado, Hanlin Jiang, Ibraheem Kashkash, Anne-Marie Engels-Brooks, Yi Han, Essa Batel, Karim Ibrahim, Dr. Robert Ariew, Heather Smyser, Kristian Adi Putra, Paolo Reingar, Kristen Michelson, Janel Murakami, Mustafa Polat, Jenny Slinkard, Kristin Lange, Ryan Humphrey, Michael Sayle, Dr. Teresa Polowy, Dr. Linda Waugh, Elyse Petit, Beatriz Carneiro, Dr. David Gramling, Dr. Steven Martinson, Dr. Ana Carvalho, Abdullah Nasser Aljawini, Mohammed Al-Sammak, Xiaoxiao Chen, Dr. Sumayya Granger, Dr. Barbara Kosta, and also the restaurant owners and employees who welcomed us and told us about their business. Thanks to all!

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