Native Languages of the Southwest at UT Arlington
From the 2012 Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop; the Alabama group, with UT Arlington Linguistics &Student Lori McLain Pierce

Department of Linguistics & TESOL | The University of Texas at Arlington

CoLang 2014: Institute on Collaborative Language Research

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Revitalizing Language Through Responsible Healthcare:

the Wuqu' Kawoq model

Brent Henderson Wuqu' Kawoq
University of Florida
Sponsored by UT Arlington College of Nursing and the Center for Nursing Research

Thursday, June 19, 1-2pm
Lone Star Auditorium, Maverick Activities Center

Sponsored by UT Arlington College of Nursing and the Center for Nursing Research


Course Information:
The content of this model talk springs from our personal experience with the 7-year-old non- profit Wuqu’ Kawoq: Maya Health Alliance, a healthcare NGO in Guatemala (www.wuqukawoq.org). Founded by a collaboration of linguists, doctors, anthropologists, and local community activists, the organization has significantly improved the healthcare of several rural highland communities in Guatemala while upholding cultural and linguistic responsibility as one of its core values. As a result, not only have healthcare outcomes improved, but Mayan language and culture have seen significant gains as language domain expansion, language curriculum, and neologisms projects were deemed to be necessary in order to achieve health outcome goals. As a result, community members no longer see their native language and culture as a barrier to quality healthcare. Of the 15,000 or so NGOs in Guatemala, only a small handful approach development in this way.

Instructor Biography:
Brent Henderson's research interests include theoretical syntax and morphology with a strong empirical basis. Most of this work centers around Bantu (and to a lesser extent Semitic) languages and is couched within the ‘minimalist program’ approach to generative grammar. He also has a focus on language documentation and have been documenting the Chimiini Language, an endangered language of the southern Somali coast, for four years now. Finally, for six years he has worked on the Board of Directors of Wuqu’ Kawoq | Maya Health Alliance, a healthcare NGO in Guatemala that has worked to build a model of rural development that is also an effective model of for language revitalization.