The second episode of Season 3 is with Hilaria Cruz from the University of Louisville. Hilaria is a native speaker of Chatino, an endangered Zapotecan language, spoken in the mountains of Oaxaca, Mexico and by Chatino who have migrated to the Southeastern United states including Durham, North Carolina, Atlanta, Georgia, and Huntsville, Alabama. She has collected and archived more than one hundred hours of audio recordings of naturalistic speech in formal and informal settings. She is currently researching the Chatino concepts of the dead in four Eastern Chatino communities. Hilaria and her sister, Emiliana Cruz, created an orthography for the Chatino language and in 2018 created a monolingual children book series to be used as language teaching materials.
This live show was recorded as part of LingFest, a program of online linguistics events aimed at a general audience, on Saturday, April 24, 2021. Access to the unabridged video live stream is available on the Field Notes Patreon.
Things mentioned in this episode
- Hilaria’s Chatino deposit at AILLA & ELAR
- Chatino language family
- Zacatepec Chatino
- Tataltepec Chatino
- Zenzontepec Chatino
- Teojomulco Chatino
- Chatino children’s books to purchase & download
- Chatino verbs on Wiktionary
- “Documenting Sign Language Structure and Language Socialization in the San Juan Quiahije Chatino Signing Community” ELAR deposit by Lynn Hou
- “Gesture, Speech and Sign in Chatino Communities” ELAR deposit by Kate Mesh
- Hilaria on the Vocal Fries Podcast & Lingthusiasm Podcast
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