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Toward a Comprehensive Model for Nahuatl Language Research and Revitalization

This paper presents our strategy for the revitalization of Nahuatl, taking as a point of departure a series of projects and activities we have been carrying out for the last several years.

They are based on several complementary components: interdisciplinary research, including documentary work, as well as investigation of both the historical and the present state of Nahua language and culture; integration of both Western and native-speaking indigenous students and scholars; teaching programs for native and non-native speakers oriented toward the creation of monolingual language materials; and close collaboration with indigenous communities. The operability of our approach depends greatly on fostering communication and collaboration across academic, social, and ideological boundaries, integrating theory, methodology and program implementation, as well as efficiently combining of grassroots and top-down approaches.