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About Emiliana Cruz

I am a linguistic anthropologist interested in language and landscape, and in the documentation and preservation of the many languages now approaching extinction, with a focus on the Chatino languages of Oaxaca, Mexico. I am interested in applying anthropological methods to the documentation of naturally occurring discourse in indigenous languages. This recognizes the crucial role to be played by native speaker linguists in all phases of the work. My linguistic work centers on the complex tonal structure of Chatino languages, and I developed the San Juan Quiahije variety's alphabet. Another interest has been in creating pedagogical materials that will enable members of the Chatino community to preserve their language and cultural integrity. I am a native speaker of Chatino and founder of The Chatino Language Documentation Project, a team of linguists which aims to document and revitalize Chatino languages.


Present Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts Amherst


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Honors and Awards

  • 2016 University of Massachusetts Amherst Distinguished Community Engagement Award for Teaching

Contact Information

Anthropology Department
215 Machmer Hall
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 0100
Phone: 413-545-2880


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