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Any Tz'utujil translators out there?
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mlconnections
United States
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English to Spanish
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Jan 19, 2009

This may be far-reaching, but I'm looking for any Tz'utujil (also spelled Sutujil) speakers or translators into English or Spanish. Tz'utujil is the language of one of the 21 Mayan ethnic groups in Guatemala, spoken by about 50,000 people.

Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks!


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Lingua 5B  Identity Verified
Bosnia and Herzegovina
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Linguists specalizing in dying languages Jan 20, 2009

Hi,

I know there are some linguists out there who specialize in extremely rare / dying languages. Hopefully, there are some around ProZ.

If not, I suggest you to search around linguistic Institutes ( offline or online).


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Ioana Daia  Identity Verified
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Anthropological departments Jan 20, 2009

I would go searching for universities with anthropological departments specialized in this area. With a bit of luck, you could find somebody who did some fieldwork with that ethnic group.
Good luck !


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Lingua 5B  Identity Verified
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With Ioana Jan 20, 2009

Ioana Daia wrote:


I would go searching for universities with anthropological departments specialized in this area. With a bit of luck, you could find somebody who did some fieldwork with that ethnic group.
Good luck !


Exactly, very good point.

I have a friend who traveled around the world recording dying languages, as a part of a university linguistic project. It must have been a solitary experience, heh.


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Ioana Daia  Identity Verified
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One idea Jan 20, 2009

Maybe contact

LSU Geoscience Publications
227 Howe Russell Bldg.
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: (225)-578-5942 / Fax: (225) 578-4420

They publish The Journal of Mayan Linguistics.


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FarkasAndras
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- Jan 20, 2009

Ioana Daia wrote:


Maybe contact

LSU Geoscience Publications
227 Howe Russell Bldg.
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: (225)-578-5942 / Fax: (225) 578-4420

They publish The Journal of Mayan Linguistics.



Either that or go to the source. Guatemalan government organizations, academy of science, universities, translator organizations etc. 10 minutes of googling should give you a dozen email addresses.


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mlconnections
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Thanks! Jan 20, 2009

Thank you all for your suggestions... I'm working on some anthropology contacts, and the publisher is also a great idea. It's been quite a wild goose chase, but I've received a few responses so far.

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chica nueva
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For Tzutujil linguists, try the Bible Society Jan 20, 2009

The Bible Society translates into Tzutujil (Google)

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Thomas Johansson  Identity Verified
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Some threads Feb 14, 2009

Jillkbishop, are you in that area right now (Lago de Atitlan)?

I traveled through about a year ago and got hold of a Tzutujil grammar. It appears the persons who wrote the grammar are from San Pedro La Laguna (at Lago de Atitlan). (I ran into the cousin of one of them.) One of them is a professor in a major city, but I forgot which city. I am sure one of them should be able to help.

In any event, practically all Tzutujil speak Spanish and there are many Spanish courses offered by native Tzutujil to foreigners in San Pedro La Laguna, so I am sure one of the teachers there could help, at least with translation into Spanish, possibly backed up with proofreading afterward. (Perhaps google for "Spanish course" (/school/class) and "San Pedro La Laguna" to find the web sites/emails of these schools.)

Thomas

[Edited at 2009-02-14 00:52 GMT]


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