Construction of Multilingual Indigenous Identities in Oaxaca, Mexico

Document Type

Grant Proposal

Date Accepted

Spring 2006

Project Description/Abstract

With the advance of globalization and the resulting accelerated rate of language loss, the indigenous people of Oaxaca, Mexico struggle to maintain their language and culture. In this project, I explore how two indigenous women from the Mixtec community in Oaxaca negotiate their identities as they learn English and use Mixtec and Spanish in the speech communities of their choice. In summer 2005, I developed a research plan and made initial contacts with the participants. I am now requesting funding for a two-week trip to Oaxaca in order to conduct a series of open-question interviews with the participants and collect their writing samples. The project is an important stepping-stone in my professional development as a scholar and teacher and will directly impact my teaching.

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