Assistant Professor Sergio Romero (Spanish & Portuguese, LLILAS) was interviewed in Guatemala’s newspaper of record, Prensa Libre, in anticipation of a June 25 conference at the Academy of Geography and History in Guatemala City titled “Myth and Language in Guatemala’s Indigenous Chronicles.” At the conference, Romero will examine indigenous chronicles dating to the Spanish Conquest of Mesoamerica. Romero refers to the chronicles as “hybrid" documents, written by Maya scribes in their native language, using the Latin alphabet. According to Romero, present-day speakers of Mayan languages still consult these chronicles when searching for vanishing elements of their spoken language. Romero encourages the learning of indigenous languages. He himself speaks three such languages fluently—K’iche’, Q’eqchi’, and Kaqchikel—and has significant knowledge of several others. He currently oversees the teaching of K’iche’ at The University of Texas at Austin, and plans to add other Amerindian languages to the university’s course offerings over the next few years.
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