I’m happy to report I received funding from the National Geographic Explorers program to support work research and documentation work during my sabbatical here in Chiapas. The project title is “Documenting word order variation in Mayan languages: A collection of Ch’ol narratives”, and involves collaborators Juan Jesús Vázquez Álvarez (UNAM-CIMSUR), Nicolás Arcos López (Universidad Intercultural de Tabasco), Lauren Clemens (SUNY Albany), John Haviland (UCSD), and Roberto Zavala Maldonado (CIESAS-Sureste).
The trilingual project webpage is up and running at www.chol.lingspace.org. We’ll be updating the page with info on upcoming training workshops, Ch’ol video and audio files, and blog posts from Ch’ol student trainees.
Paulina Elias presented the results of her summer research internship on Chuj January 18th at the McGill 8th Annual Faculty of Arts Undergraduate Research Event. Paulina summer work was funded by an ARIA award and included research on adjectives in Chuj, as well as preparation of Chuj narratives for submission in the Archive of Indigenous Languages of Latin America (AILLA).
Paulina presenting her poster
I spent last week at the first workshop on The Morphosyntax and Semantics of Headless Relative Clauses in Mesoamerican Languages, at the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social (CIESAS), in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Mexico. I’ll head back to CIESAS in January, where I’ll spend the second half of my sabbatical as a visiting researcher.
Chuj lab members Paulina Elias and Justin Royer traveled to Toronto to present their work on Chuj at the first Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal Indigenous Languages of Latin America (TOMILLA) workshop at the University of Toronto. Paulina’s talk was “Positionals and directionals in Chuj” and Justin’s was “Noun classifiers, (in)definiteness, and pronouns in Chuj”.
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!
Current and former McGill Fieldwork Lab members at the University of Texas at Austin for the 8th Conference on Indigenous Languages of Latin America (CILLA VIII). Justin Royer’s talk is titled “Sistemas de clasificación nominal en chuj (maya)”. Jessica will give a plenary talk, presenting joint work with Lauren Clemens (SUNY Albany), titled “Verb initial word order in Mayan: Causes and consequences.”
Justin Royer, Lauren Clemens (post-doc 2014–2015), Jessica Coon, Robert Henderson (post-doc 2012–2013)
Linguistics undergrad and Fieldwork Lab member Paulina Elias was one of the first SEURA (Social Equity Undergraduate Research Award) recipients during this award’s first year at McGill. Paulina’s research project this past summer focused on the documentation of Chuj, a Mayan language spoken in Guatemala and by speakers here in Montreal, and was supervised by Jessica Coon. Last week they attended the SEURA Symposium, where they participated in a discussion panel that centred around social equity in research. Congrats Paulina!
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).
Recent graduate Sarah Mihuc spent part of her summer at the Yale Grammar Bootcamp led by Claire Bowern, and recently made an appearance in Yale News.
The Oxford Handbook of Ergativity