Hilaria Cruz / Alpha, Beta, ChaqF tnyaJ: superscripting tones in the Chatino languages
Date & Time
Thursday, November 9, 2023, 4:10 PM - 4:40 PM

I will talk about the need to promote collaborations between designers, community linguists, and language activists to strengthen, revitalize, and promote endangered languages. Indigenous languages in Mexico and around the world have been systematically discriminated against and deprived of their rights. In schools (both public and private), for example, speakers are still forced to learn to read, write, and speak only in European languages: Spanish, English, and Portuguese. These hegemonic patterns have contributed to the dehumanization, devaluation, and rapid loss of these languages. Collaboration among those interested in maintaining the linguistic diversity of the world could help elevate the knowledge, ingenuity, and inherent beauty of these languages.

Dr. Hilaria Cruz