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Discrimination in Ecuador is topic of March 26 Latin American Studies lecture

March 25th, 2014

The Latin America Studies Program at the UI will welcome María Elena Placencia for a talk titled “Hijito vea: Address and reference forms and discriminatory practices in interethnic interaction in Quito” on Wednesday, March 26, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in 315 Phillips Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

This presentation will show how nominal and pronominal address forms are employed to challenge interpersonal relations in the context of intergroup relations in Quito, Ecuador. The address and reference forms experienced by indigenous peoples in Quito reflect the history of discrimination against Ecuadorian indigenous peoples, and they are one mechanism through which otherness is marked and respectability can be withheld.

María Elena Placencia is a reader in Spanish Linguistics at Birkbeck, University of London. Her main research interests lie in socio- and variational-pragmatics, and intercultural communication.

The Latin American Studies Program is part of UI International Programs.

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