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Stephen Fafulas
University of Mississippi (University, MS 38677-1848)

Summer Stipends
Research Programs

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$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2022 – 7/31/2022

Documenting Language Practices, Cultures and Ideologies among Indigenous Communities in the Peruvian Amazon

Writing a scholarly article that summarizes ethnolinguistic research on endangered Indigenous languages in the Peruvian Amazon.

The currently-proposed work draws on data collected with three Indigenous communities in the Peruvian Amazon to highlight the importance of including typical measures of language vitality, such as intergenerational transmission of the minority language, as well as participant accounts of their cultural practices and ideologies when documenting language shift. The long-term project goals include documenting: (1) The linguistic, ideological, and cultural legacies of Indigenous populations in the Peruvian Amazon; (2) How these legacies can be used in efforts to revitalize, valorize and better understand Indigenous peoples and languages in the Peruvian Amazon; and (3) What the emerging ethnolinguistic Spanish varieties in the Peruvian Amazon can add to current theoretical and empirical research in various subfields of linguistics. By valorizing the Indigenous languages and having their needs acknowledged, these communities may be able to reverse the tide of losing their cultural legacy.