Building on her previous coursework, graduate student Luz Mueller presented at Towson's Forging Linguistic Identities Conference on March 12th, 2021. Her presentation, titled "Language Contact: Mixtec and Spanish in Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma (2018)", explores how the film Roma broke linguistic barriers using Mixtec as a spoken language in the film and as a representation of the indigenous culture in the Mexican context. Her project identifies the film’s linguistic value as a tool for the discussion of the contact between languages, diglossia and linguistic attitudes in the relationship between a native language and a colonizing one. Roma achieved global recognition for its many cinematographic features while bringing light to a problematic segment of the Mexican social situation in regards to the treatment of natives and cultural and social biases.
April 26, 2021