Episode 41: Ambrocio Gutiérrez Lorenzo on Zapotec Language Documentation & Revitalization

This month’s episode is with Ambrocio Gutiérrez Lorenzo from the University of Colorado Boulder. Ambrocio earned his PhD at the University of Texas at Austin in 2021. He earned his MA in 2014 at the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS), Mexico. He is a documentary and descriptive linguist whose research focuses on the syntax and semantics of the Zapotec (Otomanguean) languages of southern Mexico. He has also worked on adjacent areas of phonology and morphology and has broad interests across all the linguistic subfields, including especially discourse analysis and historical linguistics.

He promotes work on indigenous languages by native speakers and members of heritage communities. He himself is a native speaker of Teotitlán del Valle Zapotec and he has collaborated with other Zapotec and non-Zapotec colleagues to develop academic and revitalization materials.

Margarita García Hernández and Ambrocio Gutiérrez in San Miguel del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico, in July 2022 during and elicitation session. Margarita is a native speaker of San Miguel del Valle Zapotec. This is a screenshot of the elicitation video.

Things mentioned in this episode:

María Reina Pérez and Ambrocio Gutiérrez in San Bartolomé Quialana, Oaxaca, Mexico, in June 2022 when we were talking about some differences in vocabulary between San Bartolomé Quialana Zapotec and Teotitlán del Valle Zapotec (both languages considered as Central Zapotec languages, and the communities are relatively close from each other). This is a screenshot of the elicitation-video.  

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