Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Department of Spanish and Portuguese


"A Pure Language for a Pure Soul: Linguistic Purism and Doctrinal Language in Indigenous Guatemala"

Mon, February 4, 2013 | Hackett Room, SRH 1.313

12:00 PM

Dr. Sergio Romero
Assistant Professor
LLILAS & Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese

Monday, Feb. 4, 2013 • 12:00 PM • Hackett Room, SRH 1.313

Professor Sergio Romero earned an MA in Anthropology at Tulane University in 2001 and a PhD in Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania in 2006, with a dissertation titled, “Sociolinguistic Variation and Linguistic History in Mayan: The Case of K’iche.”

Professor Romero’s research interests focus on language documentation, focused most centrally on the languages of Guatemala, of which he speaks Q’eqchi’, K’iche,’ and Kaqchikel fluently, as well as on Awakateko, a Mayan language of the Mamean subfamily, and Zongolica Nahuatl, an understudied variety spoken in Veracruz, Mexico.
In addition to his teaching duties, he will develop curricula and oversee instruction in indigenous Latin American languages. These efforts will be bolstered by his extensive experience in the teaching of indigenous languages, including K’iche’ and Nahuatl, the former as co-director of Vanderbilt’s Summer K’iche’ Program in Guatemala, coordinated with the University of Chicago.
Dr. Romero will present the lecture A pure language for a pure soul: Linguistic purism and doctrinal language in indigenous Guatemala.
Christian churches in Guatemala have had conflicting stances regarding the manner in which doctrinal texts in indigenous languages should be used for proselytism and indoctrination. Focusing on the poetics of pastoral genres in K’iche’, Q’eqchi’ and Pipil, this presentation will explore the ideologies and strategies used by religious authors from the 17th century to the present. The degree to which linguistic purism informs pastoral texts will be shown to be a diagnostic of alternative, opposing embodiments of Christianity in indigenous societies.      
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