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Pilar Valenzuela with students from the Federal University of Pará in Brazil

Dr. Pilar M. Valenzuela, Associate Professor in the Department of Languages, was an invited speaker at the ”IV International Conference of Linguistic and Literary Studies in the Amazon.” The event took place at the Federal University of Pará, in the city of Belem, April 23-26.

Dr. Valenzuela’s presentation focused on the challenges that linguists face when describing little-studied languages, particularly those that belong to the Panoan family. Currently there are some 30 Panoan languages spoken approximately 50,000 people in the bordering regions of Peru, Brazil, and Bolivia.