Jonathan Israel Escobar Farfán
Postgraduate Research Student (Wolfson Postgraduate Scholarship in the Humanities)
Previous studies and experience
I have a BA in Librarianship and Information Studies from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), and a MA in Multilingual Information Management from the University of Sheffield. I have most recently worked as librarian and chief librarian near Mexico City, in Milpa Alta and Xochimilco campuses of the Instituto de Educación Media Superior del DF (IEMSDF).
Nahuatl language, the second most spoken language in Mexico, is currently written using different regional, idiosyncratic orthographies. Such variation hinders the use of the language within automatised information systems, whose functionalities require a reasonable degree of uniformity in written language. My research aims to develop one method to integrate orthographic variants in order to enable the regular use of Nahuatl within information systems and other key areas for the enhancement of the speakers and the preservation of the language. The integration method is intended to be used for the compilation of a corpus that can be further studied to support the standardization process of Nahuatl.