‘‘I want others to know we exist . . .WE matter !:’’ Towards revitalizing the hibernating Ópatan languages of Sonora, Mexico, presented by Michael Everdell ’13 anthropology doctoral candidate in linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin.
This presentation reports on preliminary findings of a Rapid Qualitative Inquiry study as a first step toward a broader community-led revitalization of the Ópatan languages (Tegüima, Eudeve and Jova). The central meeting point of this community is a Facebook group called Opatería, comprised of members who identify as Ópatan or descendants.
The diasporic community, the primarily asynchronous method of communication, and strong community enthusiasm create a unique set of opportunities and challenges in the revitalization process. We report on efforts to negotiate the roles of the two non-Ópatan linguists in order to center the community, allowing them to negotiate desired outcomes and indicators of progress in the (re)construction of the Ópatan languages.
Part of the Alumni Conversations and Careers Speaker Series.
Sponsored by the Alumni Office, the Departments of Anthropology, Hispanic Studies, Politics; the Department of English Flint Fund, and the Oberlin Center for Languages and Cultures.