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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: Zoom (link available on request)
Day and Time: Friday, 10–11 am (Spring 2022)

Organizer: Myke Brinkerhoff and Maya Wax Cavallaro

For more information, email the organizers at

Current Schedule

April 1
Planning for spring quarter

April 8
Mykel Brinkerhoff
Discussion: Minimality, maximality and perfect prosodic word in Alcozauca Mixtec
Uchihara and Ruiz (2021)

April 15
Nido de lenguas work session

April 22
Guillem Belmar Viernes and Eric W. Campbell (UCSB)
Community projects in Sà'án Sàvǐ ñà Yukúnanǐ (Yucunani Mixtec)

April 29

May 6
Jason Ostrove
Control in San Martín Peras Mixtec

May 13
Felipe H. Lopez (Seton Hall)
Quiaviní Zapotec outreach and pedagogy

May 20
Kim Tan
Utah English

May 27
Violeta Vázquez Rojas Maldonado (COLMEX)
Demonstratives in Purépecha

June 3

Last quarter

January 7
Winter quarter planning

January 14
Eli Sharf
Q'anjob'al research

January 21
Myke Brinkerhoff, Jack Duff, Maya Wax Cavallaro
Tonal patterns and their restrictions in Santiago Laxopa Zapotec (SSILA practice)

January 28
Nido de Lenguas update and planning

February 4
Myke Brinkerhoff
Discussion of Royer (2021)
Prosody as syntactic evidence

February 11
Nido de Lenguas working time
Creating web-based learning materials

February 18
Nido de Lenguas working time
Creating web-based learning materials

February 25
Myke Brinkerhoff
Interaction of tone and phonation in Santiago Laxopa Zapotec
12:00PM Joint meeting with Phlunch (email for Zoom link)

March 4
Ambrocio Gutiérrez Lorenzo
Interaction of tone and syntax in Teotitlán del Valle Zapotec

March 11
Myke Brinkerhoff, Jack Duff, Maya Wax Cavallaro
Open House WLMA (3:00PM): Tone in Santiago Laxopa Zapotec