The Politics of Mayan Linguistics in Guatemala: Native Speakers, Expert Analysts, and the Nation

@article{French2003ThePO,
  title={The Politics of Mayan Linguistics in Guatemala: Native Speakers, Expert Analysts, and the Nation},
  author={Brigittine M. French},
  journal={Pragmatics},
  year={2003},
  volume={13},
  pages={483-498}
}
In this essay I examine the emergence and transformation of linguistic analysis as an authoritative field of knowledge in the context of competing nationalists agendas in Guatemala. I show how various social actors including missionary linguists, North American secular linguists, and Maya linguists are implicated in the struggle for authority in “science of language.” I argue that in these intellectual and political struggles, the awareness and participation of the “native speaker” is central… Expand
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