(En)Gendering Basque Song: Lessons for Endangered Languages

(En)Gendering Basque Song: Lessons for Endangered Languages

(En)Gendering Basque Song: Lessons for Endangered Languages

A Lecture-Recital
May 27, 2014, 4-5 PM
Orbach Library 240

Half of the world's 6000 languages are in danger of extinction. One of these is Basque (Euskera), a language unrelated to any other, situated in northern Spain and southwest France. While 750,000 know Basque -- a seemingly robust number compared to Native American languages -- most use another language (primarily Spanish) for daily use. The lecture-recital examines the gender lessons inhabiting Basque song: it argues that women and girls exhibit a wider range of roles and emotional stances than those found in mainstream curricular materials, which privilege men as main actors in and preservers of Basque language and culture. This argument is punctuated with examples through song; implications are drawn for other endangered languages.

Please join us as Dr. Echeverria, Associate Professor and Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Education, leads this informative lecture-recital. Dr. Echeverria will be performing with NOKA, a Basque-American women's trio of which she is a member, and fellow Basque singer-songwriter Mikel Markez.

NOKA is a trio of Basque American women who perform songs in Basque about women, particularly those using the "noka" familiar female address form. Andréa Bidart, Begoña Echeverria, and Cathy Petrissans are from Chino, CA, and they hope to revive interest in songs about women through their music.

Basque singer-songwriter Mikel Markez started playing guitar, writing songs and performing at age fifteen. He has performed with artists such as Mikel Laboa and Benito Lertxundi and has performed in Europe, Cuba, Argentina and Venezuela.

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