Engaged Opportunity Grants

Preserving the Ch’ol Language

Creating language resources to empower the Ch'ol speaking community

The languages of the world are disappearing faster than ever, especially those spoken by marginalized populations. The Mayan language Ch’ol is no exception. Despite the fact that a growing number of linguists and academics are producing scholarly works on the language, there is still a lack of substantial material in Ch’ol for Ch’ol speakers. This student team is collaborating with students from Ch’ol speaking communities to document narratives in Ch’ol and support retention by co-developing resources in the language, including an illustrated dictionary by local artists.

Grant category: Student Leadership

The Team

  • Miloje Despic, Department of Linguistics
    College of Arts and Sciences
  • Carol-Rose Little, graduate student, Department of Linguistics
    College of Arts and Sciences
  • Mia Wiegand, graduate student, Department of Linguistics
    College of Arts and Sciences
  • José Armando Fernández Guerrero ’18, Department of Linguistics
    College of Arts and Sciences
  • Community partner: Campanario / Institutio Technológico Superior de Mascuspana del estado de Tabasco
  • Community partner: San Miguel, Chiapas / Universidad Intercultural del Estado de Tabasco

Engaged Opportunity Grants

Supporting a wide range of community-engaged projects, from student leadership programs and partnership building to events and conference travel. Open to all faculty and staff.

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