Revitalization of endangered languages in Peruvian Amazon

(May 2008) In recognition of the UN-designated International Year of Languages (IYL), a linguistic seminar series is being conducted in Lima, Peru. The series is titled: The revitalization of native languages in the International Year of Languages. It is sponsored by the Curso Internacional de Lingüística, Traducción y Alfabetización* (CILTA), a cooperative program of SIL Peru and the Ricardo Palma University.

Lecture Schedule for 2008

  • 6 May: El Maya-Mam en la encrucijada: La lengua propia como orgullo o vergüenza, by Dr. Wes Collins, CILTA professor and SIL
  • 13 May: Diagnóstico sociolingüístico en el Gran Pajonal: El futuro de la EIB en la Amazonía Peruana, by Lic. Maggie Romani, Peruvian CILTA professor
  • 22 May: Presencia del Runasimi en los medios de comunicación de la ciudad del Cusco, by Dr. Mario Mejía Huamán, Ricardo Palma University and native Quechua speaker
  • June (dates to be determined):
    • El desarrollo de una ortografía para el Chinanteco de Sochiapam: factores lingüísticos y resultados sociolingüísticos, by Dr. David Foris, CILTA professor and SIL
    • El ascenso del Totonaco, un idioma de México, by Sr. Mario Cano, CILTA student and native Totonac speaker
    • Video, Entre dos mundos, followed by panel discussion led by Carolina Suárez, CILTA teaching assistant, Colombia

  • Further lectures to be scheduled for September, October and November.

CILTA offers an annual two-semester program that is designed to provide cross-cultural instruction in Spanish for those involved in language development. The course is currently in its sixth year at the Ricardo Palma University in Lima, Peru. Previous students have come from Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Peru.

*International Course in Linguistics, Translation and Literacy

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