SIL International Media Release
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
- Cultural empathy
- Articulatory phonetics
- Introduction to linguistics
- A choice between Language learning, Literacy or Independent study for speakers of indigenous languages
Related links of interest
- Diplomado website
- SIL in Mexico
- Linguistics training in Spanish in Peru (July 2008 media release)
- Spanish-taught course in linguistics, translation and literacy (English) (Español) (December 2007 media release)
- SIL academic training
- Linguistics training in SIL
- Literacy in SIL
- Sociolinguistics in SIL