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call for research partner, Salvadoran Nahua



Date Submitted: 16-May-2005
From: karen e schairer
Subject: call for research partner, Salvadoran Nahua
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Institution/Organization: Northern Arizona University

Notice: I am looking for a qualified theoretical linguist interested in participating in a project to document and preserve the Nahua language of El Salvador. I enjoy the confidence many members of the Nahua community and will travel to El Salvador in June of this year to continue recording the language with them, set up a camera, small computer, CD burner, and train them in their use.

Partnership with the appropriate linguist will strengthen the project. I am a linguist but my focus and passion is capture of actual speech of the community before the oldest speakers are gone. Resultant videos on CD will be the property of the Nahua community of El Salvador. Material must be treated with extreme confidentiality because, after devastating genocidal episodes, many speakers are afraid of being identified as such.

If interested, please contact me.