María Catrileo

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María Catrileo Chiguailaf de Codo is a native Mapuche linguist and professor of Spanish, English and Mapudungun language.

In 2009 Catrileo received the Provincial Prize for Conservation of National Monuments due to her studies of the native Mapudungun language.[1] Catrileo's work has focused on the phonology and morpho-syntax of the Mapudungun language and specially the verb forms. María Catrileo is considered to be perhaps the only living Mapuche Indian to be a master of Spanish, English and Mapudungun.[2] Currently she is working the Institute of Linguistics and Literature of the Southern University of Chile, where she holds courses in Mapudungun.

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