K’iche’ Maya is one of the most common indigenous languages in Latin America, spoken by about 1 million Maya in the western Highlands of Guatemala, the heartland of Maya culture. K’iche’ is the language of the Popol Wuj, the sacred book of the Maya, which dates to the 16th century. Because of the precarious status of minority languages in Latin America, these classes might also appeal to students interested in issues of language maintenance in a globalized world, language planning, multilingualism, language diversity, and linguistic human rights.
KICHE 101 / 701 (Elementary K’iche’ Maya I) T Th 4:00 – 5:15 pm
Introduction to essential elements of K’iche’ Maya language and aspects of Maya culture. K’iche’ Maya, a language spoken by about a million people in the western Highlands of Guatemala, is one of the major indigenous languages in the Americas. Emphasis on active language production to develop basic conversational skills for everyday interactions. Course taught at Vanderbilt University; Duke students participate through video conference and/or telepresence classroom. No pre-requisite.
KICHE 203 / 703 (Intermediate K’iche’ Maya I) T Th 2:00 – 3:15 pm
Online synchronous (Class Note: Class meets synchronously TTH 2:00-3:15. Taught by Mareike Sattler at Vanderbilt University through the Duke-UVA-Vanderbilt Partnership for Less Commonly Taught Languages.)
KICHE 102 / 702 (Elementary K’iche’ Maya II) T Th 4:00 – 5:15 pm
KICHE 204 / 704 (Intermediate K’iche’ Maya I) T Th 2:00 – 3:15 pm
Course faculty: Mareike Sattler