Engaged digital scholarship: the Ticha Project and Zapotec language archival texts

March 27, 2019 - 4:00pm

Engaged digital scholarship: the Ticha Project and Zapotec language archival texts 

Brook Danielle Lillehaugen and Felipe H. Lopez lead a program on the Ticha project, a digital text explorer for Colonial Zapotec texts. 

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Dr. Brook Danielle Lillehaugen
(Haverford College) is a linguist who specializes in indigenous languages of Mexico. She received her Ph.D. in linguistics in 2006 from the University of California, Los Angeles and has been learning from Zapotec speakers since 1999. Lillehaugen’s research profile includes technical grammatical description as well as collaborative language documentation and revitalization projects. She publishes on the grammar of Zapotec languages in both their modern and historical forms. She has found combining linguistic fieldwork with tools from the digital humanities to be a productive way to collaborate with both Zapotec speaking communities and undergraduate students. She is co-director of Ticha, a digital text explorer for Colonial Zapotec texts and leads several teams in developing online Talking Dictionaries for Zapotec languages. She recently collaborated with Haverford students and Zapotec language activists to create a short, multi-lingual documentary film.




Dr. Felipe H. Lopez is originally from the Zapotec town of San Lucas QuiavinĂ­, Oaxaca. At the age of 16, he migrated to Los Angeles, California, speaking no English and little Spanish. He earned his Ph.D. from UCLA in 2007. He has taught Zapotec language classes, co-authored a trilingual Zapotec-Spanish-English dictionary (Munro & Lopez et al. 1999), and a Zapotec language textbook (Munro et al. 2008). In addition, he is a Zapotec writer. He was awarded the 2017 Premios CaSa prize and his poetry can be found in the Latin American Literary Review, The Acentos Review, and Latin American Literature Today.