K’iche’ Fall 2017

Taught in K’iche’

KICH 1010 – Introduction to Maya K’iche’ I with Maria Esther Poveda Moreno

TuTh 4:00-5:15PM in Clemons Library 320

La utz awach? This class is an introduction to K’iche’, a Maya language spoken by some one million people in the western Highlands of Guatemala. Over the course of the semester, you will learn the basic sentence structure, syntax, verb paradigms, and pronunciation rules of the language, as well as an overview of concepts like ergativity, historical linguistics, and language preservation and revitalization. The course is taught at Vanderbilt University by professor Mareike Sattler (Anthropology). UVa students (like our partners at Duke) attend through CISCO telepresence and conduct online office hours through Skype. The course is offered as part of the Duke-Vanderbilt-UVa Consortium for Less Commonly Taught Languages. After taking 1010, you will be eligible to continue to 1020 in the spring, or to apply for a summer fellowship to study level II in Nahualá as part of the Vanderbilt program.

KICH 2010 – Intermediate Maya K’iche’ I with Maria Esther Poveda Moreno

TuTh 2:00-3:15PM in Clemons Library 320

This class is the 3rd level of a 4-part sequence in K’iche’. Here you will builds from your previous coursework (1010-1020) and develop greater competencies in writing in K’iche’ and translation to/from K’iche’. We will also cover more advanced grammar (verb modalities), a broader range of scripts (colonial vs. modern orthography), and begin to conduct research in K'iche' using the Oral History archive at the University of New Mexico. As part of your final project for the course, you will select a story from the online archive, listen to the audio, correct the transcription, and rewrite it in modern orthography. You will also translate the document into contemporary English and present the story to your classmates, leading your peers in a close reading of the text.

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