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In progress: PhD in Linguistic Sciences:

  • “A grammar of nam trik. An Amerindian language spoken in the Colombian Andes”
  • Co-supervision: Antoine GUILLAUME (Lyon 2, DDL) and Tulio ROJAS CURIEUX (Universidad del Cauca, GELPS). Ecole doctorale 3LA, Université Lumière Lyon 2, Dynamique Du Langage Laboratory.


2014 Master Linguistics . University Lumière Lyon II (France). Master thesis"ESQUISSE DE DESCRIPTION DE LA LANGUE NAM TRIK. Langue amérindienne parlée dans les Andes Colombiennes"


2013 Master Anthropology . Universidad del Cauca (Colombia). Master thesis «¿Quién necesita una lengua? A propósito del proceso de revitalización de la lengua nam trik»


2008 Bachelor. Anthropology and linguistics. Universidad del Cauca (Colombia)





  • phonetic and phonological studies, reference grammars, dictionaries, text collection.
  • data collection in the field : recording, transcription and translation of narratives and conversations, controlled elicitation, participant observation.


Documentation and archiving


Didactic materials for teaching indigenous languages: development of educational materials for teaching indigenous languages as a second language at school.


Endangered Languages:

  • process of language reclamation and revitalization.
  • language policies on endangered languages
  • policies of cultural and linguistic diversity acknowledgement and management in multicultural states.




June 2012-Decembre 2012. Six months fieldwork on Nam Trik in Totoró (Cauca-Colombia) in order to write a master’s research in anthropology at Cauca University (Colombia), including a Nam Trik sociolinguistic profile and a reflection on the process of revitalization and teaching of this language at school


May 2010-février 2011: Ten months fieldwork on Nam Trik in Ambaló (Cauca-Colombia) in the context of the research project: "Phonology, morphology and morpho-phonology of Nam Trik Langue Ambaló”,aimed at establishing criteria for a writing system"


Mars 2010-novembre 2010: Nine months fieldwork on Nam Trik in Totoró (Cauca-Colombia) in the context of the researcher project: "Strengthening Community Education Project Totoró", aiming at developing educational materials for teaching Nam Trik




2014. Grant Individual Graduate Scholarship « Hans Rausing Endangered Language Documentation Program » (HRELDP), School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). Project “Documentation and Description of Nam Trik, an endangered language of the Colombian Andes”


2014 scholarship for studies in foreign countries. Colfuturo – Colciencias, Colombia.


2013 mobility grant LABEX – ASLAN Université de Lyon


2012 VI research grant for projects within the framework of Master's and Doctor's Degree Programs-Universidad del Cauca. Project: “configuration of a corpus in Yuwe Nasa and Nam Trik for Automatic Speech Recognition”.


2008 Best generation average, students of Anthropology Universidad del Cauca 2002.




Researcher project “Development of tools for revitalizing indigenous languages of Southwestern Colombia” (ECOS-NORD 2010-2013) . DDL,CNRS/Université Lyon2- GELPS/Universidad del Cauca- GIPSA, CNRS laboratory /University Stendhal Grenoble 3.


Researcher Group of Linguistics, Pedagogical and Socio-cultural Studies of Colombian South-western-GELPS (Colciencias- Universidad del Cauca- Colombia). http://www.unicauca.edu.co/gelps/



PhDs and master thesis

Gonzales Castaño, G., 2014, "ESQUISSE DE DESCRIPTION DE LA LANGUE NAM TRIK Langue amerindienne parlée dans les Andes Colombiennes Langue amerindienne parlée dans les Andes Colombiennes ", Mémoire Master, Sciences du Langage, Lyon 2, Lyon


Gonzales Castaño, G., 2013, "¿Quién necesita una lengua? A propósito del proceso de revitalización de la lengua nam trik.", Mémoire Master, Anthropologie, Universidad del Cauca, Popayán

Chapters in books

Gonzales Castaño, G., 2014, "¿INTERCULTURALIDAD PARA QUIÉN?", in STUART HALL DESDE EL SUR: LEGADOS Y APROPIACIONES, Restrepo, E. (ed), CLACSO Consejo Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales - Conselho Latino-americano de Ciências Sociais, Buenos Aires, Área de Producción Editorial y Contenidos Web de CLACSO


Gonzales Castaño, G., 2013, "¿Quién necesita una lengua? Política y planificación lingüística en el departamento del Cauca", TABULA RASA Revista de Humanidade, 17, pp. 197-217

Conferences with proceedings

Díaz Montenegro, E., Gonzales Castaño, G. & Rojas Curieux, T., 2011, "Namoi nam trik pesenamɨtan. Reflexiones sobre el proceso de revitalización de la lengua nam trik de Totoró, Cauca, Colombia"Symposium on Teaching and Learning Indigenous Languages of Latin America, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, USA, 30 Octobre - 2 Novembre


Díaz Montenegro, E., Gonzales Castaño, G. & Rojas Curieux, T., 2011, "Medios de comunicación masiva, nuevas tecnologías y lenguas amenazadas. Lenguas indígenas del Cauca, Colombia"Endangered Languages - Voices And Images - Proceedings Of FEL XV, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, Quito, Ecuador, 7-10 Septembre


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