= This week and next the School of Oriental and African Languages (SOAS) is host to Endangered Languages Week 2008 (30 April to 8 May 2008, SOAS, Russell Square, London, UK). See http://www.hrelp.org/events/elw2008/programme.html. The South American diaspora in London has a particular interest in these languages, which are often those they or their grandfathers spoke. (70% of Peruvians in 1900 spoke a form of Quechua). So it is appropriate to launch the stub for a learning scheme on this subject. A week later, a day symposium at the Institute for the Study of the Americas includes a paper dealing with linguistic history and archaeology.