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Bruno Estigarribia
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC 27599-1350)
A Sociolinguistic Study of Guarani, the Indigenous Language of Paraguay

A book-length study of Paraguayan Guarani, the only indigenous language in the western hemisphere to be spoken by a majority of the nonindigenous population.

The completion of a book on the uses of the Guarani language in different indigenous and non-indigenous communities in Paraguay, with a publicly accessible archive of the language. Paraguayan Guarani is the only indigenous language in the Americas spoken by a non-indigenous majority. About 80% of Paraguayans speak it today, though only 1% of the population is ethnically Guarani . Paraguay’s 1992 Constitution declared Guarani an official language alongside Spanish, and mandated teaching in Guarani to children for whom it is their first language. However, this has not been accompanied by social advances for Guarani-dominant speakers. My project inquires, then, what spaces Guarani inhabits in its different communities of practice and what unique functions Guarani serves for its speakers? My book is intended for scholars of indigeneity, Latin American studies, ethnography, and language contact. I will also create the first publicly accessible archive of any of the Guarani languages.

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Project fields:
Latin American Languages; Latin American Studies; Linguistic Anthropology


Research Programs

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

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 12/31/2018