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Vanderbilt Digital K'iche' Dictionary Project: DigiK'iche'

The Vanderbilt Digital K'iche' Dictionary Project is a collaborative effort between the Center for Second Language Studies, Professor Mareike Sattler and her students of Mayan K'iche' language.

K'iche', or Qatzijob'al (Our Language) is spoken primarily in the Guatemalan highlands. It is the native language of more than a million people, many of whom are bilingual in Spanish. It is the first language of Nobel laureate Rigoberta Menchú.

DigiK'iche' entails collaboration between the Center, faculty and students in two ways. First, we are collaborating through PbWorks wiki building software to create a detailed lexicon of the language. In reality, more than a dictionary, it is a detailed linguistic reference tool.   The second collaboration will be in the creation of a definitive electronic K'iche' Dictionary, providing a variety of tools to learners, linguists and native speakers.

As the project progresses, the CSLS will reproduce sample pages of both the Wiki and the electronic dictionary. If you would like further information about the project, please contact Mareike Sattler or Todd Hughes.