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Protestant Education among Indigenous Mexicans: The Social Impact of the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL), 1935-1970

Paxman, Andrew (2021): Protestant Education among Indigenous Mexicans: The Social Impact of the Summer Institute of Linguistics (SIL), 1935-1970.

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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to use Mexican census data to gauge as much as possible the impact of SIL missionary-linguists on local-level literacy, Spanish-acquisition, and material change. This is a longitudinal quantitative study, starting with the census of 1940 and ending with that of 1970. Analysis of census figures is complemented by perusal of the existing literature (personal, anthropological, historical), linguistic materials digitized by SIL and available at its website, and assistance with documents from the SIL Mexico Archive in Arizona.

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