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Ko taku reo taku ohooho, ko taku reo taku mapihi mauria

“My language is my awakening, my language is the window to my soul”

-Maori Proverb

Research interests

Morphology, syntax, typology, language documentation and description, language and ecology, environmental linguistics, language and culture, language contact, language revitalization, language teaching, Uto-Aztecan languages.

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As a linguist, I am interested in the documentation and description of endangered languages, particularly in morphology and syntax, and in the intersection between language and ecology. I bring a functionalist/usage-based to my work to explain language structures and functions in natural language use. I also integrate a crosslinguistic analysis with the descriptive work in order to situate the research language in a typological perspective and to identify instances of language contact.

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My focus has been on the Uto-Aztecan language family spoken in Mexico:

 

  • Huichol or Wixárika (Corachol) 

  • Northern Tepehuan or 'Odami (Tepiman)

My research work is based on extensive empirical data that I have gathered through my visits to various indigenous communities in Mexico. 

Academic activities

 

I have presented in over 30 national and international conferences, participated in projects, peer-reviewed articles from scientific journals, given guest lectures and workshops, and won grants and awardsI have also published articles on Wixárika and Northern Tepehuan focusing on language description, including syntactic complexity, valence change, switch reference, grammaticalization, and language contact. My publication repertoire also includes articles on orally-transmitted stories from the Wixárika cosmogony, discussion on data sovereignty and community engagement, and botany genetics.

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