El Salvador - "Safeguarding the Region's Languages": IV International Congress of ACALING

08 September 2017

(ANS - Soyapango) - The Don Bosco University (UDB) has received anthropologists, historians, archaeologists, teachers, students and experts in the study of indigenous languages, Creole, and variants of Central American Spanish at the 4th International Congress of the Central American Association of Linguistics (ACALING) 2017.

The event was held for the first time in El Salvador with the aim of safeguarding the languages of the region through study, promotion, documentation and revitalization.

At the opening ceremony, the Rector of UDB, Dr Mario Olmos, SDB, stated, "As a university we are committed to generating new knowledge, developing models and academic practices that will help us better understand the world and improve Salvadoran society."

Congress participants included, among others: Dr. John Lipski, Director of the Language Program at the University of Pennsylvania; Dr. Lois Meyer, Department of Language, Literacy and Cultural Studies, University of New Mexico; Prof. Dr. Laura Matthew, Department of Humanities and Historical Linguistics, Marquette University, Wisconsin; Dr. Jorge Lemus, Linguist, UDB Researcher.

For his part, Jorge Lemus, ACALING President, thanked the Don Bosco University for the support provided to the Congress. The Central American Association of Linguistics (ACALING) is a professional, non-profit, academic-cultural organization that brings together experts dealing with issues of the linguistic reality of Central America.

It is worth remembering that the UDB works to revitalize the language in El Salvador, supporting the "Náhuat Cuna" for children aged 3 to 5, where grandparents and great grandparents only speak the language of Náhuat. During the three days of the meeting, contributions and experiences were shared in 16 languages from across Central America.


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