Eugene Homer Casad, Cora Scholar Passes

Linguist Eugene Homer Casad passed away on February 1st. A graduate of Biola University and University of California at San Diego, he spent his life working on Cora (crn), a language spoken in the Mexican state of Nayarit.

One of the 68 indigenous languages recognized by the Mexican government as national languages, Cora is spoken by about 8000 people according to the Ethnologue. It is also one of the four indigenous languages that share time with Spanish on the radio station XEJMN-AM.

According to the Ethnologue entry for Cora, Casad authored 22 articles on Cora and co-authored a 23rd. Three of those can be downloaded from the Ethnologue site along with two others on Cora.

A small English-Spanish-Cora glossary is available at Pequeño Diccionario Inglés – Español – Cora.

Casad’s obituary may be read in the Gainesville Daily Register and the Linguist List.

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