Isis Zambrano
    Zambrano Ojeda, Isis Nathaly

    El Colegio de México  México


    Oralidad Modernidad  Ecuador


    She is a doctoral student at El Colegio de México. She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Applied Linguistics from the Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador. She is a member of the Interdisciplinary Research Program Oralidad Modernidad. Currently, she is working on her doctoral thesis about displacement and linguistic revitalization of Kichwa in an indigenous community in Saraguro, in the province of Loja, in southern Ecuador.



    From language loss to revitalization. Awakening the kichwa lexicon in Saraguro


    This study presents the preliminary results of a research in development in Las Lagunas, a rural community located at the south of the Ecuadorian Andes in the Saraguro canton of the Loja province, where indigenous people of the Kichwa nationality settle (Belote, 1998). Recent data shows that Saraguro is one of the places with the highest percentage of Kichwa displacement in the country (Haboud, 2013).
    Framed within an active documentation methodology (Haboud, 2012), the research aims to identify which Kichwa words are currently undergoing displacement and to understand the reasons that lead to their disuse. Additionally, this study seeks to demonstrate the linguistic and social importance of the lexicon, as it reflects the dynamism of the language and the social changes within the communities. Subsequently, a proposal will be included for relevant documentation and the preservation of those lexical items that are at risk of displacement in the community.