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The proceedings of the Foundation for Endangered Languages sixth conference, Antigua

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Preface R. McKenna Brown Endangered Languages and Their Literatures 1

1. Strategies and Resources
Joel Sherzer Keynote Address: AILLA: Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America 7
Monica Ward The Pedagogical and Linguistic Issues Involved in Production of EL Materials: A Case Study of Nawat 13
J.E. Lonergan A Tarahumara-English Computational Semantic Lexicon 19

2. Orthographies
Michal Brody To the Letter: A Microanalysis of Currently Contested Graphemes in the Maya of Yucatan 29
Pamela Innes I Can’t Read That Way of Writing:Linguistic and Indigenous Systems Clash in the Apache Language Revitalization Movement 39

3. Proverbs, Metaphor and Poetics
Chiroke Asogwa Re-Kindling Interest in an Endangered Language: A Way Forward for Igbo 47
Jule Gómez de García, Melissa Axelrod, and Jordan Lachler “If You Play With Fire…”: Literary Production in Jicarilla Apache 51
Jocelyn Ahlers Cognitive Metaphor in Language Revitalization 59

4. Endangered Languages Literatures and Education
Joseph Blythe Frances Kofod Literatures for the Semi-Literate: Issues for Emerging Literacies in the Kimberly Region of North-Western Australia 67
Norman Thomson Jepkorir Chepyator-Thomson The Role of Educators as Biological, Cultural, and Language Exterminators: Teaching for Creativity, Measuring for Conformity 77

5. Strategies: Case Studies
Alexis López Using Storytelling in Schools to Preserve Endangered Languages 87
Giovanna Micarelli Hernán Gómez On the Steps of Memory: Theater Anthropology as an Instrument for Cultural and Linguistic Revitalization in Indigenous Communities of the Colombian Amazon 93
Mary Morgan Deepa Gurung Languages Worth Writing: Endangered Languages of Nepal 99

6. Oral Literatures: Collection
V. Pérez Rivera (I. Kungiler) La experiencia de recopilar el conocimiento Kuna 107
David R. Margolin, Marcela Carías, Suyapa Dilworth, and Carmen Palacios The Symbolic Value of Oral Literature for the Revitalization of Tawahka 113

7. Oral Literatures: Diffusion
Andrew E. Liebermann Jacinto de Paz Pérez The Blossoming of Our Ancestors’ Words: Oral Tradition Collected and Published by Mayan Students 119
Nadine Grimm Laura Martin Strategies for Promoting Endangered Language Literatures Outside Their Local Communities 123

8. Mayan Literature
Janferie Stone Maya Poetics: Renaissance in Continuity 133
María Luz García Bajo la montaĖa: Women’s Stories of la violencia 141
Christopher Hadfield A Tissue of Lies: History versus Myth in the Nature of Time 149

Foundation for Endangered Languages: Manifesto 155

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