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Descriptive linguistics and cultural empathy course in Mexico

(August 2009) Forty-three students participated in the Descriptive linguistics and cultural empathy certificate course (Diplomado en Lingüística Descriptiva y Empatía Cultural) held 6–31 July at the State University of San Luis Potosí in Mexico. Now in its 19th year, this is the only state university summer program in linguistics offered in Mexico. Speakers of the Pame, Nahuatl, Chinantec, Mixtec, Popoluco, Totonac, Zapotec and Tarahumara languages were among the participants this year.

Sponsors of the course are the Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, and SIL Mexico. This year's course director was C. P. Abraham Sánchez Flores, and the coordinator, Dr. Scott Berthiaume Cirincione.

The program was started in 1991 as a training workshop in Puebla, Mexico. It was developed in response to a growing interest in the ethnolinguistic minority communities of Mexico, a desire for cross-cultural exchange and a desire to serve linguistically isolated people. In 2006, the course officially came under its current co-sponsorship as a 160-hour four-week module in July. During the past five years, 217 students have participated.

The course consists of four modules

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