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Brook Danielle Lillehaugen
Haverford College (Haverford, PA 19041-1392)
A Collection of Zapotec Indigenous Testaments in Translation with Linguistic Analysis and Annotation

Our understanding of the Zapotec people during Mexican Colonial times is based almost entirely on primary sources written by non-Zapotec individuals. Despite the existence of at least 400 manuscripts written in Valley Zapotec between 1565 and 1750, very little accessible research exists on these documents. This project addresses this gap by creating a collection of transcribed and translated testaments, presenting them online with complete morphological analysis and linguistic, cultural, and historic annotation. A book proposal including three chapters will be prepared that draws from and complements these testaments. Without such explication, the users of these texts will likely remain limited to the small group of specialists already using them. This project facilitates connections between modern academics and colonial intellectuals and between a modern worldwide public and the valuable information locked in these archival texts.

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Project fields:
Latin American Languages; Latin American Studies; Linguistics

Fellowships for College Teachers and Independent Scholars

Research Programs

$50,400 (approved)
$50,400 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2015 – 7/31/2016