Abstract: This article and text provide a new take on the San Mateo saltwater sources from the perspective of Xuwan, a San Mateo resident who for her entire life has been working in the extraction, production, and merchandising of atz’am k’ik’ atz’am ‘the black salt’, a culturally-valued good which forms a quintessential aspect of Chuj life and culture. In addition to recounting her experiences with black salt, Xuwan comments on several other aspects of Chuj life, both in the past and in the present. The article is introduced with a short grammar sketch of Chuj, which highlights the prominent grammatical features found in the text.
Category Archives: Publications
McGill Linguistics Fieldwork Lab alumna Gretchen McCulloch‘s new book, Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language, was published with rave reviews and made the New York Times Best Sellers list last week. Before Gretchen became a professional internet linguist, she wrote her 2013 McGill MA thesis on Mi’gmaq preverbs. Nice work Gretchen!
Last May McGill hosted a Symposium on the Role of the University in Supporting Indigenous Languages. The symposium was organized in response to the Final Report of the Provost’s Task Force on Indigenous Studies and Indigenous Education, which called on McGill to strengthen support of Indigenous languages.
The resulting Vision Paper has now been published online, and is available on the symposium webpage here.
A new paper on roots and stem formation in Chuj was just published online in Journal of Linguistics. The pre-published version is online at LingBuzz.
The collection of Chuj narratives that the Chuj team here as been working on together with Pedro Mateo Pedro has just been published to the Archive of Indigenous Languages of Latin America (AILLA), and is available here. Special thanks to Paulina Elias for a lot of recent work organizing and updating the files, and to the team at AILLA for getting everything online!
Juan Jesús Vázquez Álvarez (CIMSUR) and I recently wrote a review of the book Chol (Mayan) Folktales: A Collection of Stories from the Modern Maya of Southern Mexico (Hopkins, Josserand, and Cruz Gúzman), which was published today in the International Journal of American Linguistics (IJAL).