El Proyecto

Ticha es un explorador digital para un grupo de textos escritos en el zapoteco colonial. (El nombre ticha se deriva de la palabra del zapoteco colonial del valle para ‘palabra’, la cual también significa ‘lenguaje’.) El zapoteco es una familia lingüística de México que tiene una larga historia de escritura alfabética de la cual el documento más antiguo tiene la fecha de 1565 (Oudijk 2008:230). Leer e interpretar estos documentos puede ser sumamente difícil por los retos de la ortografía antigua, vocabulario, gramática, y convenciones de imprenta, sin embargo los documentos contienen extensa información lingüística, histórica, y antropológica.

Ticha permitirá al usuario ver y explorar varias capas interconectadas de estos textos, incluyendo imágenes de los documentos originales, transcripciones, traducciones al inglés y al español moderno, análisis lingüístico incluyendo interlinearización morfológica, y comentarios. Ticha es innovador porque reúne información analizada en FLEx (Explorador de lengua de trabajo de campo), un sistema para análisis lexical y gramatical, con los estándares actuales del TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) el cual es un sistema para el análisis léxico y gramático, junto con los estándares actuales del TEI (Text Encoding Initiative, tei-c.org) para las representaciones paleográficas y de traducción de los textos. Esta herramienta permitirá la accesibilidad de los textos en zapoteco colonial para académicos en diversos campos (incluyendo la lingüística, antropología e historia), los miembros de la comunidad zapoteca y para el público en general.


Funding

Ticha: advancing community-engaged digital scholarship

ACLS Digital Extension Grant 2019-2021

PI Brook Danielle Lillehaugen, Haverford College

In this ACLS-funded project, we explore questions of collaboration in digital scholarship and the intersection of collaborative digital scholarship with community-engaged research. This project leverages an existing project, Ticha, and propels it forward through the creation of publicly available English and Spanish language teaching modules that will be targeted for use in high school and college level courses in both the US and Mexico. This work will be done with an interdisciplinary team including the PI (a linguist), Zapotec activists and scholars, digital scholarship experts, and undergraduate students. The community-engaged methods employed will not only be a means by which a particular digital scholarship project achieves advancement, but will also be objects of study and reflection themselves.

Ticha, a digital text explorer for Colonial Zapotec (https://ticha.haverford.edu), is a digital scholarship project that allows users to access and explore many interlinked layers of texts from a corpus of texts written in the Zapotec language during the Mexican Colonial period. Users can navigate images of the original documents, transcriptions, translations, and linguistic analysis. Ticha seeks to make this corpus of Colonial Zapotec texts accessible to scholars in diverse fields, Zapotec community members, and the general public.

Zapotec is an indigenous language spoken in Oaxaca, Mexico and by diaspora communities in Mexico and the United States, especially California. There is a long history of alphabetic writing in Zapotec language and this corpus of texts are a rich and underutilized resource on Zapotec language, history, culture, and personal heritage. Since 2013, the Ticha Project has been engaged with research on and dissemination of this corpus through the creation and growth of a digital platform for exploring these texts, and in person workshops that both utilize and further annotate these texts in a circular creation of knowledge. The Ticha project is committed to: (i) maintaining a project that is sustainable and innovative; (ii) creating work that engages Zapotec voices at all stages; (iii) ensuring that the archive of colonial texts repeatedly, and in its very design, points to the Zapotec community; and (iv) playing an active role in the larger community of digital scholarship, learning from and providing a model for others interested in community-engaged digital scholarship.

Follow the Ticha Project:

online: https://ticha.haverford.edu

on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TichaProject

on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TichaProject/

High school or college educators interested in inquiring about collaboration should contact Dr. Lillehaugen at blilleha@haverford.edu.



Presentaciones

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Lillehaugen, Brook Danielle, George Aaron Broadwell, Laurie Allen, and Michel R. Oudijk. 2015. Archives, morphological analysis, and XML encoding: interdisciplinary methods in the creation of a digital text explorer for Colonial Zapotec manuscripts. Presented at Humanidades Digitales Hispánicas II: Congreso Internacional. Innovación, globalización e impacto, Madrid. [Slides PDF]


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Allen, Laurie, Brook Danielle Lillehaugen, George Aaron Broadwell, Michel R. Oudijk, & Mike Zarafonetis. 2016. Ticha: The Story of an International, Community Engaged, Digital Humanities Project. Keystone DH, Pittsburgh. [Slides PDF]


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Lillehaugen, Brook Danielle, George Aaron Broadwell, Michel R. Oudijk, Laurie Allen, Michael Zarafonetis & May Helena Plumb. 2016. Humanidades digitales multilingual y multicultural: el caso de Ticha, un explorador digital de texto para el zapoteco colonial. 3er Encuentro de Humanistas Digitales, Mexico City. Online: http://bit.ly/3EHDTicha [Slides PDF]