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Working Group


During the academic year, the Working Group meets regularly to discuss topics of shared interest relating to indigenous and understudied languages, with a special emphasis on the languages of Mesoamerica. It is an informal venue, where participants can present ongoing research, discuss a paper, coordinate group projects, or plan upcoming events. Presentation of ongoing work in any stage of development is encouraged, from an initial analysis of fresh data to a polished practice talk for a conference. All subdisciplines are welcome. Recent meetings have covered such diverse topics as the phonetics of phonation in Santiago Laxopa Zapotec, movement to object in Lake Pátzcuaro P'urhepecha, and information structure in Tsotsil.

Location:Stevenson 249 and by Zoom (link available on request)
Day and Time: Friday, 12–1 pm (Winter 2023)

Organizer: Myke Brinkerhoff and Maya Wax Cavallaro

For more information, email the organizers at

Current Schedule

February 3
Dan Brodkin
Little (2020): Left branch extraction, object shift, and freezing effects in Tumbalá Ch’ol

February 17
Myke Brinkerhoff

March 3
Delaney Gomez-Jackson

March 17
David Tuffs

Last quarter

October 4
Summer catch up/planning

October 11
Project planning - Nido de Lenguas and SSILA organized session

October 18
Mykel Brinkerhoff
Uchihara and Pérez Báez (2016) Fortis/Lenis, glides and vowels in Quiaviní Zapotec

October 25
Prep for Día de los Muertos event

November 1
Jack Duff
AnderBois (2022) Discourse particle wal in Yucatec Mayan

November 8
Delaney Gomez-Jackson and Matthew Kogan
Adler (2018) The derivation of verb initiality in Santiago Laxopa Zapotec

November 15
SSILA organized session prep

November 21
BrettC Nelson
[MONDAY] L2 (Enlish/Spanish) acquisition of Mayan phonology

November 29
SSILA organized session prep

December 6