LLILAS Announces Inaugural K’iche’ Class and Welcomes Its Instructor
Posted: September 19, 2013
Manuela “Nela” Tahay, instructor for the first ever K’iche’ class offered at The University of Texas at Austin, is originally from Nahualá, Guatemala. She teaches Introduction to K’iche’, a Mayan language spoken by more than one million people in the western highlands of Guatemala.
Tahay, who taught for several years in Guatemala and three years at Vanderbilt University before coming to UT, will introduce students to K’iche’ grammar and help them learn basic conversation skills. The class is comprised of 17 students, both undergraduates and graduates whose research interests include Latin American and indigenous topics. In addition to regular class attendance, students will participate in weekly conversation drills.
The K’iche’ class is an outcome of the LLILAS Indigenous Languages Initiative, which plans to continue to add classes, fulfilling an aim of the Center for Indigenous Languages of Latin America (CILLA). Coincident with the inaugural class, the biannual CILLA conference, October 24–26, 2013 will be held on the UT Austin campus. An additional resource, the Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America (AILLA) is a digital archive of recordings and texts.
For more information about the K’iche’ class, contact Nela Tahay.