Beñat Garaio Mendizabal, 32, from Vitoria, will carry out the sociolinguistic research to coincide with UNESCO's International Decade of Indigenous Languages (2022-2032).
“Kia ora, takatāpui: māoriera eta euskararen biziberritze prozesuak elkarlotzen” is the title of the project that won the Eusko Ikaskuntza-LABORAL Kutxa Gazte Saria 2023, an award that since 2019 has been awarded annually by both institutions to the best creative or research projects proposed by young people under 35 years of age in the areas of Humanities, Culture, Arts or Social Sciences.
Using an innovative methodology and with the support of Anglo-Saxon sociolinguistics, this research seeks to link the revitalization processes of Euskera and the Maori language in New Zealand, and thereby bring the philosophical-academic point of view of Maori culture, as indicated by the jury in its decision. In addition, the awarding of the prize coincides with the beginning of UNESCO's International Decade of Indigenous Languages (2022-2032), which is a milestone in the defense of world linguistic diversity.
Beñat Garaio Mendizabal (Vitoria-Gasteiz, 1990) trained in education, specializing in Sociolinguistics in the Language Support and Revitalization master's degree at the SOAS University of London (School of Oriental and African Studies), and in the postgraduate course in Planning Linguistics HIZNET. In 2022 he obtained his doctorate in the ELEBILAB research group of the UPV/EHU, work for which he was awarded the VIII Koldo Mitxelena Prize for the Best Thesis in Basque in the area of Arts and Humanities awarded by the University of the Basque Country and Euskaltzaindia.
He has participated in numerous initiatives both in the field of research (invigorating the "e5" project of Eusko Ikaskuntza and Cluster de Sociolingústica, among others) and in the organizational field (such as HIGA!, EuskarAbentura and Hitz Adina Mintzo).
Since 2014 he has published more than sixty articles. He currently works as a researcher and project developer for various institutions through the Biziherri IGB civil association.
The winning project of the Eusko Ikaskuntza-LABORAL Kutxa Gazte Saria2023, awarded 6,000 euros, is expected to be carried out with different actions until the end of 2024.
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