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17:30 - 19:00 11 May 2016
Language rights and indigenous people in Peru: new articulations of hegemony?
Lecture Room 103 |
UCL – Institute of the Americas
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom
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Professor Rosaleen Howard, Chair of Hispanic Studies, Newcastle University
Legislation and policy in support of linguistic human rights for Peru's indigenous people have gathered new momentum in the last five years. Despite repeated efforts in the last decades of the twentieth century, only now have laws been passed that officially allow indigenous languages to be spoken, and provide for use of translators and interpreters, in public service settings and other spaces of formal interaction with representatives of the state, the latter usually being monolingual speakers of Spanish.
This paper will present findings of an AHRC-funded project conducted over the last eighteen months, which looks at the actions taken by the State to implement the new laws, on the one hand, and the responses to those actions by speakers of the indigenous languages, on the other hand.
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