Linguapax Latin America presents two music projects in native languages

The CD Creación Musical en Lenguas Originarias is a project that was made in collaboration with artists, both women and men, from different communities who speak different native languages. Among them we find the Mixe and Mayan rappers “Mixe-Represent”, from Tamazulapan del Espíritu Santo (Oaxaca), and “Pat Boy”, native of Felipe Carrillo Puerto (Quintana Roo). Meanwhile, María Reyna from Tlahuitoltepec (Oaxaca), with a Bel Canto style, uses an opera technique…

Statement by Linguapax International in defence of the National Institute of Indigenous Languages, INALI, of Mexico

In this incipient 2022, the Mexican presidency has announced the dissolution of the National Institute of Indigenous Languages, INALI, the body responsible for the defence and promotion of the linguistic rights of speech communities in Mexico, created in 2003 with the aim of giving rigorous academic treatment to the preservation of the more than 60 ethno-linguistic families of the country. Such an announcement comes as a surprise in the opening…

Linguistic (un)justice in Peru: Bellido’s Quechua speech and the linguistic violence towards indigenous language-speaking communities

Our collaborator Miryam Yataco, sociolinguist, educator and activist on linguistic rights, and member of Linguapax Latin America, denounces in this text the linguistic violence suffered by former Prime Minister Guido Bellido, as a result of his speech in Runasimi language (Quechua) at the Peruvian Congress. The violent reaction of congressional members exemplifies the continuing colonial attitude in the Spanish-speaking sectors of Peru, to which Quechua and other indigenous languages-speaking communities…

Round Table “Towards the International Decade of Indigenous Languages 2022-2032”

The Accompanying Group to the Endangered Languages GALA-Linguapax participated to the Round Table “Towards the International Decade of Indigenous Languages 2022-2032” in the framework of the National Indigenous Languages Fair organized by the National Institute of Indigenous Languages (INALI), to discuss actions and recommendations for the launch of the Decade and assess the mexican policies towards indigenous languages. The development of the conversation was very positive, reiterating the need for…

New book: Revitalizing Endangered Languages. A Practical Guide

Cambridge University Press has just published the book Revitalizing Endangered Languages. A Practical Guide (2021), edited by Justyna Olko, from the Uniwersytet Warszawski (Poland) and Julia Sallabank, from the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London. It has been almost 30 years since a group of linguists, during the congress of the Linguistic Society of America (1992), called for action to combat the relentless decline in…

Book presentation: Tyety Ñutyok (The child prodigy), at the Latin American Delegation

Tyety Ñutyok means “the child prodigy” and is the title of a trilingual book with augmented reality narrated and written in the language of Umbeyajts by the Ikoots researcher Obdulio Muriel Díaz . The book, with translations into English and Spanish, has been published by Editorial Resistencia, with the collaboration of the Australian Embassy in Mexico, Australian and Italian researchers, coordinated by Dr. José Antonio Flores Farfán, researcher of the…

Tales and tongue twisters in peninsular Mayan. Recovering ancient wisdom through native rap

On November 11th, the virtual presentation of the book-album K’ak’alt’aano’ob yéetel tsolxikino’ob ich maayat’aan (‘Tales and tongue twisters in peninsular Maya’), organized by the Australian Embassy in Mexico and the Centre for Research and Higher Studies in Social Anthropology CIESAS, was held, which represents the sum of the artistic work of Mayan rappers, linguists, illustrators and academics for the revitalization of the peninsular Mayan language. On this occasion, the virtual…

A linguistic community work to commemorate International Literacy Day

On 8 September, The production of multimedia material in native languages in Mexico: an example of linguistic revitalisation was held within the framework of the International Literacy Day, through a virtual conversation organised by the Australian Embassy and the Center for Research and Higher Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS). The event featured A du’u ú Chi Jitdö Chintiy Dibaku (Riddles and tongue twisters in Cuicatec language), which in the words…

Reissue of the “Guide to Linguistic Revitalisation”

José Antonio Flores Farfán, Lorena Córdova Hernández and Josep Cru have just published, with the support of Linguapax and the Benito Juárez University of Oaxaca, the expanded and corrected version of the Guide to linguistic revitalisation: for a trained and informed management. Josep Cru, one of the authors, talks about the book: “The main goal of this book is to offer different strategies for launching language revitalisation projects. In this…

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International Congress on Languages at Risk (Mexico City, 25-28 February 2020)

José Antonio Flores Farfán, delegate of Linguapax in Latin America, has made a summary of the congress, given us his personal view and explaining how he believes the event can have an effect on the revaluation of minority languages worldwide, and especially in Mexico. As part of the closing of the 2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages and on the launch of the Decade of Indigenous Languages organised by UNESCO;…