Cecelia Di Mino Humanities and Social Science
Language Revitalization: Thinking By Design
Indigenous language revitalization (LR) work comes from the heart. Whether done by a documentary linguist or an indigenous community member, LR is a labor of love, usually done in someones spare time, with little to no financial compensation. While their linguistic and/or cultural knowledge may be vast, such individuals usually lack pedagogy training and experience. As the nature of LR work is already immense and taxing, providing its practitioners with a structured but adaptable program detailing how best to implement the pedagogical aspects of LR would be a major innovation. My SURF project develops one such program.
I am collaborating with a UCB documentary linguist/language revitalization expert as well as a UCB theatre professional. Through a series of workshops, we will use music, movement, games, and theatre to explore the language of Iquito. The project includes 25 LR teaching hours this summer with the Iquito heritage community in Peruvian Amazonia. Language Revitalization: Thinking by Design implements new strategies to support the goal that indigenous languages maintain a dignified place in our global world today.