About

About the Project

The Language Capital Project attempts to map out businesses and cultural centers employed primarily by native speakers of a non-national language (e.g. languages other than English in the U.S.).

We made it 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, we believe that awareness of cultural and linguistic diversity’s benefits can strengthen societies and inform education, migration, and economic policies.

Who We Are

Christian Ruvalcaba is a PhD candidate in the interdisciplinary Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (SLAT) program at the University of Arizona. His interest in the non-national language speaking communities stems from his own immigration experience and background in language studies. Email: ruvalca1@email.arizona.edu

Michelle Aguilera is a PhD student in the Language Reading and Culture  program at the University of Arizona. Her work focuses on language planning and policy and the anthropology of education. Her research deals with equitable education for minority students, specifically in how it relates to language. Some of her other research interests are multilingualism, language rights, language ideology, and education policy. Email: maguiler@email.arizona.edu

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