Lexicon: Mískitu
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Lexicon: Mískitu

Mískitu will be the featured language in the Wednesday, August 12 edition of Lexicon. Laura Herlihy, Lecturer in the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies at the University of Kansas will lead the program, which will run from 7-7:45 p.m. CT.

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When: Wednesday, August 12, 2020
7-7:45 p.m. CT
Where: Zoom
United States
Contact: Evan Verploegh

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The Mískitu language will kick off the Lexicon series’ tour through South and Central America.  Spoken by the Miskitu people of northeastern Nicaragua, the language has more than 180,000 speakers, making it the most widely spoken in the Misumalpan family of languages that is used in Nicaragua and Honduras. Providing an introduction to Mískitu language and culture will be Laura Herlihy, Lecturer in the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies at the University of Kansas.

About the Speaker
Laura H. Herlihy (PhD, 2002, University of Kansas, Anthropology), a Lecturer in the KU Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, has conducted long-term ethnographic research among the indigenous Miskitu people of Honduras and Nicaragua. Her 2012 book, The Mermaid and the Lobster Diver; Gender, Sexuality and Money on the Miskito Coast (University of New Mexico Press), was chosen by ProQuest as one of the Significant University Press Titles for Undergraduates.

Herlihy speaks the Miskitu language fluently and directs KU CLACS's Language and Culture in Nicaragua summer program. The program is FLAS-eligible, although the University of Kansas does not currently offer FLAS support for Miskitu language study.

About Lexicon
There are around 6500 languages spoken throughout the world today, but how many can we name, much less speak? The International Relations Council is proud to present Lexicon, a weekly digital interactive program that will introduce you to a language you may not know much about. Each week, IRC members and friends will offer some history and context on a different language, let you sample the look and sounds of the language, and give you some hints on where you can experience more of the language and the cultures it represents – and you just might walk away with a new word or two. Linguists of all levels welcome!