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A short Biography

Miryam Yataco is a sociolinguist, a language rights advocate and an expert in Intercultural Bilingual Education that has been teaching in the Department of Teaching and Learning - Multilingual Multicultural Studies at Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development in New York University for 15 years.

She studied Sociology, but her main academic concentration is in the area of Bilingual Education having completed a 64 credit Masters Degree (1990) in that field at Steinhardt School of Culture Education and Human Development. She is presently a Ph. D. candidate in Educational Linguistics. She served for 5 years as a teaching assistant of founding father of the discipline of Sociolinguistics, Emeritus Professor Dr. Joshua Fishman. Her work is influenced by scholars (having had many of them as her direct professors) from a variety of disciplines such as Ngugi Wà Thiongo, Tove Skutnabb-Kangas, Robert Phillipson, Robert Stam, Pedro Noguera, Mary Louise Pratt, Gayatri Spivak, Vine Deloria, John Mohawk, Gerald Vizenor, Cornell West, Boa Ventura de Souza Santos and Bambi Schiefflin. Her initial work concentrated in colonization through education and language imposition having had a special interest in topics related to North American Indigenous Boarding Schools in the US and Canada. She is a former Frances C. Allen Fellow (1994-95) from the Newberry Library D'Arcy McNickle Center for the History of the American Indian and Indigenous Studies and a former grantee (1994) of the American Association of University Women Education Foundation (AAUW).

Since, her work has concentrated in the study of language socialization and bilingual practices among new immigrants to the US such as Bengali and Urdu speaking youth living in NYC. Her present interest is related to the schooling experiences of indigenous children and adolescents in the Andes. She has a multilingual background and training, Ms. Yataco speaks Spanish, English, Bengali & Indonesian with native fluency and has linguistic training in other languages such as Urdu. Her research interests include revitalization of indigenous languages, politics of language, language attitudes and ideologies, digitalization practices in indigenous languages, theory of bilingualism and cognitive development, language contact phenomena, second and foreign language acquisition and learning, orality-literacy and educational planning and beyond.

Miryam YATACO: Documentos | documents

Some events

Semana Runasimimanta / Semana de Kichwa / Quechua Week
13-17 Dec 2010
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS)
at New York University (flyer)

Miryam Yataco, Steinhardt School of Culture Education and Human Development Teaching and Learning, NYU:
Peru's Language Policies in Times of Change?
Monday, December 13 - 5:00-7:00pm, Room 802 at 420 West 118th St., International Affairs Building, Columbia University
Miryam Yataco: Peru's Language Policies in Times of Change? - flyer a
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Miryam Yataco: Peru's Language Policies in Times of Change? - flyer b
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  • Yataco, M. (2012). "Les politiques de l'Etat et l'exclusion des langues autochtones au Pérou." Droit et Cultures 63 (S'entendre sur la langue): 101-126
Selected Presentations
  • Yataco, Miryam (June 2012) Language Revitalization Panel Chair. Native American Indigenous Association Council Conference. Themes: “The Use of Historical Documentation in Indigenous Language Revitalization” (Lisa Conathan, Yale University); “Cultural Currency: Decolonization, Indigenous Knowledge, and the Practice of Language Purification” (Sheryl A. Day, University of Washington); “Community Structure and Language Shift: North Carolina Cherokee in the Early 20th Century” (Benjamin E. Frey, University of Wisconsin, Madison); “TeKupu o TeTa-ngata: Examining Criteria to Evaluate Ma-ori Language Vitality”(Grace Catherine Sullivan &Mary E. Hughes, Northeastern University);“The Language Ghost’: Linguistic Heritage and Identity among Monacan Indians of Central Virginia”(Karenne Wood, University of Virginia Native American and Indigenous Studies Association)

  • Yataco, Miryam (June 2012) “Indigenous Presence in Peruvian Parliament (2001 – 2011): Its Impact on Language Ideologies and Language Revitalization”.

  • Yataco, Miryam (May 31st – June 1st 2012) "Language Revitalization in the 21st Century: Going Global, Staying Local". Hosted by the International Centre for Language Revitalization of the Auckland University of Technology, The Smithsonian Institution @ Museum of the American Indian, the Film and Video Center of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

  • Yataco, Miryam (August 2011) “Linguistic Rights, Language Policy, Peruvian Language Planning in Education” Paper presented at the 2011 World Indigenous Peoples Conference in Cusco, Peru.

  • Yataco, Miryam (February 2011) International Symposium: "Indigenous Presence in Peruvian Parliament, Strategies and Impact. Linguistic Diversity at Risk: A Global Perspective". Keynote speaker. Peruvian Congress Commission on Andean and Afro-Peruvian Peoples. Presided over by Congresswoman Hilaria Supa Huaman.

  • Yataco, Miryam (February 2011) “Defensa de la Lengua Materna y el bilingüismo indígena: una visión global”. Keynote Speaker. Celebration for UNESCO In Defense of the Mother Tongue. Organized by Comunidad Andina de Naciones (CAN) and the Ecuadorian Embassy in Perú.

  • Yataco, Miryam (December 2010) “Peru's Language Policies in Times of Change?” Quechua Week conferences, hosted by the Center for Latin American and CaribbeanStudies (CLACS) at New York University and the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) at Columbia University.

  • Yataco, Miryam (December 2010) “Quechua Language, Media and Transnational Linkages” “Saqrakuna: Televisión en Lengua Materna desde la Región Apurímac”(December2010) With Ulla Berg and Freddy Roncalla. Quechua Week conferences, hosted by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) at New York University.

  • Yataco, Miryam (February 2010) “Bilinguismos Indígenas y la defensa de la Lengua Materna” Congreso de la República del Perú, organized by the office of Congresswoman Hilaria Supa Huaman.

  • Yataco, Miryam (May 2010) “Política Idiomática y derechos lingüísticos”(May2010) With Dr. Fernand de Varenees.Museo Inka, Cusco. Inaugural Ceremony for the Diplomado in Indigenous Rights, organized by theCongreso de la República Peruana.

  • Yataco, Miryam (May 2010) “Política Idiomática: el caso Peruano” Hosted in the Congreso de la República, organized by the Grupo Parlamentario Indigena del Congreso de la República Peruana and the office of Congresswoman Hilaria Supa Huaman.

  • Yataco, Miryam (August 2009) “Bilingualism with a Global Perspective”. Presentation at Facultad Letras y Ciencias Humanas UNMSM. Estudios Académicos Programa de Linguistica at the National University San Marcos in Lima, Perú.

  • Yataco, Miryam (July 2000) “Dislocating National Diglossia: Language and Ethnic Identity Formation among Quechua/Spanish/English Immigrants in the United States” Part ofthe Language and Ethnic Identity Series.Multilingual & Multicultural Studies Program, NewYork University.

  • Yataco, Miryam (July 1994) “Language & Society in Peru” Seminar on the Study of American Indian History at the Newberry Library.

  • Yataco, Miryam (June 1996) “The Sky as a Text: Literacy Practices of a New Letrado” A study of Juan Santa Cruz Pachacuti Salcamaygua's early writings as seen; by a literacy instructor. The Newberry Library presentations.

  • Yataco, Miryam & Grace, Dick (1993) “From Oral to Written: Traditional Stories Evolving Into Contemporary Expression”. Presenters at “Beyond Survival: An International conference of Indigenous Writers, Performing and Visual Artists”. Canadian Museum of Civilization, Quebec.

  • Yataco, Miryam (October 1992) “Experiencias en Educacion Bilingue: Peru y Ecuador” (1992) With Muenala Fabian (Dirección Nacional de Educación Bilingue - Confederación Nacional Indígena de Ecuador). Conference organized by Miryam Yataco & Silvia Vila under the auspices of Dr. Antonio Simoes, Director of Bilingual Education Program at NYU.
Selected Articles and Interviews in Spanish

Miryam YATACO: Documentos | documents

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