About me

Nahuala traditional men's dress

Sporting koxtar, kuti’n and sakaw!

I am both a sociolinguist and an anthropologist specialized in the languages of Mesoamerica. Currently I am assistant professor at the University of Texas at Austin with appointments at the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of  Latin Americans Studies (LLILAS) and the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.  My research interests include language variation and change; social deixis; the genealogy of pastoral registers in indigenous languages and linguistic revitalization movements.  In addition to my work on Mayan languages, I have done research on Nahuatl. I am also director of the Indigenous Languages Initiative at LLILAS.

My fluency in highland Maya languages has allowed me to help Maya migrant communities in the USA with legal translation services.


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