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Conference Features Mesoamerican Linguistics

Feb. 13, 2013 | Updated Feb. 22, 2013

What:                  

Cal State Fullerton's English, Comparative Literature and Linguistics Department hosts a Feb. 22-23 International Conference on Mesoamerican Linguistics. The event is free and open to the public.

When:                 

Friday, Feb. 22, and Saturday, Feb. 23
9 a.m.-6 p.m. each day

Where:                

Cal State Fullerton, Mihaylo Hall, Rooms 1303 and 1307
800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton, CA, 92831

Who:                    

CSUF President Mildred García will give the opening address Feb. 22.
Keynote speakers are linguists Bernard Comrie of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Germany, Karen Dakin of Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and Pamela Munro and Claudia Parodi of UCLA.

Why:                    

“The conference focuses on the endangered languages of Mesoamerica and Spanish, the issue of language and culture contact in Mesoamerica and the current state of research in Mesoamerican linguistics,” said Natalie Operstein, CSUF assistant professor of linguistics and a conference organizer. “Conference presentations include studies of individual languages, language revitalization and maintenance of endangered Mesoamerican languages in diaspora. The four keynote addresses will be given by internationally known scholars from the U.S. and abroad.”

Hosting the International Conference on Mesoamerican Linguistics “demonstrates CSUF’s interest in and attention to cultural issues related to the local community and its Hispanic enrollment base, which will be emphasized by President García in her welcoming address,” Operstein added.

Sponsors:            

Cal State Fullerton and Cal State Los Angeles

Parking:              

$2 per hour or $8 for a daily permit Monday through Friday and free on weekends. Details are available online.

More Info:          

Call CSUF's English, Comparative Literature and Linguistics Department at 657-278-4024

Media Contact:        

Mimi Ko Cruz, 657-278-7586

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