Anita Herzfeld

Professor and Former Undergraduate Director and Advisor for Latin American Studies
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Current Research & Projects

Conducted a survey among Paraguayan adults on their preference between Guaraní or English as a language to be taught to their children at school.

Recently Presented Papers

"La música caribeña como factor cohesivo de identidad," at the Conservatorio "López Buchardo," Instituto Universitario Nacional de Artes, Argentina.

"Endangered Languages: What is there to lose?" at the 15 th Annual Waggoner Research Colloquium, as a member of a panel "Resistance, Endangerment and Identity in Latin America : Gender, Language and Culture." University of Kansas.

"The Linguistic Vitality of Contact Languages: Limonese Creole English in Spanish-speaking Costa Rica" at the International Conference on Multilingual Individuals and Multilingual Societies, University of Hamburg, Germany.

"Lenguas en Contacto: la alternancia de códigos entre el criollo limonense y el español" at the V Coloquio Costarricense de Lexicografía, UCR, San José, Costa Rica.

"Catchers of Identities: Lunfardismos of the 3rd Millenium" at the Mediterranean Studies Association Congress in Salamanca, Spain.

 
 
Research Interests

Contact languages
Conversations and Narratives in Limonese Creole 
Ethnography of Speaking: Limonese Creole Stories
Language and Society in Latin America
Bibliography of Sociolinguistic Inequality in Latin America
Teaching of Standard English to speakers of Limonese Creole
Limonese Riddles
Linguistic Policies

 
 
Selected Publications

Books

Metodología de la Evaluación Universitaria: teoría y práctica, Co-editor with George R. Waggoner. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas, 1969.

Notas y Ejercicios de Composición; with Leonor Dalla Costa Mills. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.; Prentice Hall, 1969.

El Teatro de Hoy en Costa Rica, co-author with Teresa Cajiao Salas, San José, Costa Rica: Editorial Costa Rica, 1973.

Las causas sociales de la desaparición y del mantenimiento de las lenguas en las Américas, co-editor with Yolanda Lastra. Hermosillo, Mexico: Universidad de Sonora, 1999.

/mekaytelyuw/: la lengua criolla (de Limón, Costa Rica), San José, Costa Rica: Editorial de la Universidad de Costa Rica, 2002.

Signo y Seña, Revista del Instituto de Lingüística, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires. Coordinators: Anita Herzfeld y Angelita Martínez No. 18/ Diciembre de 2007, (2009).

Articles

“The Limonese Calypso as an Identity Marker,” in Creoles, Contact, and Language Change: Linguistic and social implications. Eds. Geneviève Escure and Armin Schwegler. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, pp. 67-83. (Refereed)

“Afro-Caribbean Music as a Cohesion Factor of Identity,” in Rastafari: a universal philosophy in the third millennium. Editor, Werner Zips. Kingston, Miami: Ian Randle Publishers, pp. 202-213. (Refereed) 

“Mecanismos de cambios lingüísticos inducidos por contacto,” in Dinámica Lingüística de las lenguas en Contacto. Editors: Claudine Chamerau and Yolanda Lastra. Hermosillo, Mexico: Universidad de Sonora, pp.333-356        .

“El reggae: Un nuevo despertar de la identidad de los criollos limonenses” in Tres Grandes Cuestiones de la Historia de Iberoamérica. Editor, José Andrés Gallego. Madrid, Spain: Fundación Mapfre and Fundación Larramendi (C.d.)(Refereed)

“El encuentro conflictivo de lenguas en contacto: el criollo limonense de base inglesa en Costa Rica hispanohablante,” in Tres Grandes Cuestiones de la Historia de Iberoamérica. Editor, José Andrés Gallego. Madrid, Spain: Fundación Mapfre and Fundación Larramendi (C.d.)(Refereed)

“Un encuentro trilingüe y su consecuencia lingüística,” published as a CD in Memorias del XIV Congreso de ALFAL, Volumen 1, 2005, Monterrey, Mexico.

“Respuesta estudiantil peruana a la educación bilingüe: un estudio preliminar,” ALFAL, Santiago de Chile:Lingüística, Vol 17,2005, pp139-159.

“Los Criollos en Centroamérica,” in El español en América: Contactos lingüïsticos en Hispanoamérica. Coodinator, Azucena Palacios, Editorial Ariel, Spain, pp. 77-94.

“¿El castellano, el quechua o el inglés? El por qué de la actitud de los estudiantes peruanos hacia estos idiomas” Editors, Juan C. Godenzzi and Víctor Fernández. In Tinkuy: Boletín de investigación y debate.Université de Montreal No. 9 – otoño 2008. Pp. 83-107.

“La política lingüística y la planificación lingüística: del nacionalismo a la globalización,” in Dynamik romanischer Varietäten ausserhalb Europas. Editors: Silke Janzen and Haralambos Symeonidis. Editorial Peter Lang, Germany, pp.145-167.

“El Lunfardo histórico: el ‘lenguaje argentino del crimen’ a partir de la inmigración italiana.” II Congreso Latinoamericano de Antropología: Antropología Latinoamericana gestando un nuevo futuro. San José, Costa Rica (C. d.) pp. 307-330 # 2984.

“Lengua e identidad en una situación de contacto: el criollo limonense en Costa Rica.” Coordinators: Anita Herzfeld y Angelita Martínez. In Signo y Seña, Revista del Instituto de Lingüística, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad de Buenos Aires. No. 18/ Diciembre de 2007 (Published in 2009), pp. 121-137.

“¿Qué eligiría Ud.: el español, el inglés o el guaraní? in Entre las lenguas indígenas, la Sociolingüística y el Español Estudios en Homenaje a Yolanda Lastra,  München: LINCOM EUROPA, pp.434-477. (delayed publication 2009)   

Book Notice: Politeness and Face in Caribbean Creoles, edited by Susana Mühleisen and Bettina Migge. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, pp. vi, 293.

“An Evaluation of the Linguistic Vitality of Contact Languages: the English-based Limonese Creole of Spanish-speaking Costa Rica”, in A New Look at Language Contact in American Languages. 2010. Editors Claudine Chamoreau, Zarina Estrada, Yolanda Lastra. Muenchen: LINCOM Studies in Native American Linguistics.pp.149-172.

 
 
Courses Taught

LING 700: Introduction to Linguistic Science
LING/ANTHRO 320: Language in Culture and Society
LING 491: Sociolinguistics
LAA 332/333: Language and Society in Latin America
LAA 335: Politics of Language in Latin America
LAA 302/602: Buenos Aires: "tango y mucho más!"
HNRS 190: Buenos Aires: "tango, fútbolbifemate, lunfardo, and much more!"

 
 
Education

B.Sc., Teacher's College, Buenos Aires, Argentina
G.C.E., Technical College, Cardiff, Wales
Certificate, Cambridge University, Great Britain
B. A. Instituto Superior del Profesorado, Buenos Aires, Argentina
M.A., University of Kansas, English
M. Phil., University of Kansas, Linguistics
Ph.D., University of Kansas; Linguistics (1978)

 
 
Language Competence
German (5); Spanish (5); Limonese Creole (5); Kaqchikel (2); Quechua (2); French (2)
 
 
Recent Honors

Fulbright Faculty Development Grant to conduct research in Panama (1979)
Fulbright Specialists Grant to Germany (1979)
Administrative Internship, Office of Academic
Affairs (1980)
Tinker Grant to conduct research in Central America (1982-83)
Women's Hall of Fame Award (K.U.) (1982)
Invited Member of Centre for Research on
Multilingualism (UFSAL), Brussels, Belgium (1982)
Obtained USAID grant to direct Central American Scholarship Program in Panama (1986)
Obtained Intra-university Visiting Professorship Grant, Department of Anthropology (1991)
Founding member of the Phi Beta Delta, Honor Society for International Scholars (1992)
Obtained a lecturing-research Fulbright to Guatemala, at Mariano Galvez University, Guatemala (1994)
Awarded grant by the OIP for internationalizing the curriculum (1999)
Recognized by the University of Costa Rica for distinguished service to the University in UCR-KU relations (2000)
Teaching Award, Center for Teaching Excellence (2000)
Phi Beta Delta Award for Excellence in International Education (2001)
Michael Young Advisor’s Award in the Humanities (2001)
Nominated for a Hope Award (2001)
Invited to serve on the Fulbright-Hays National Review Board (2001)
Excellence in Teaching Award, Center for Teaching Excellence (2002)
Invited by Nankai University (China) to lecture on Sociolinguistics and Latin American Studies (trip postponed to accompany the Chancellor to Perú) (2002)
Invited to accompany the Chancellor on a visit to Perú to sign cooperation agreements and to obtain his doctorate honoris causa (2002)
Invited to the launching of book entitled “mekaytelyuw: la lengua criolla”   at the Department of Anthropology and Linguistics, School of Social Sciences,  University of Costa Rica (2003)
Fulbright Lecturer award to Paraguay (2003)Obtained the “Michael Young” Advisor’s award (2005)
Obtained the Provost’s Award in International Education (2005)
Received a certificate of appreciation from the University of Costa Rica for academic and humane cooperation between UCR and KU at the 50th anniversary celebration of the program. (2008)

 


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