Research Projects

Documentation of Mayan languages in contact Awatakeko and K’iche’: A project funded by National Science Foundation (NSF) (PI Maria Polinsky, University of Maryland)

How children acquire clause structures in K’iche’: A project funded by the European Research Council (ERC) (PI Ben Ambridge, University of Liverpool)

Chuj Electronic Database Creation: Documentation and Revitalization of a Mayan Language funded by Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) (PI Jessica Coon McGill University)

Child Grammar of Chuj Maya: As a Central America Visiting Scholar at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS), I started working on a Child Grammar of Chuj Maya.

Chuj Database: Jessica Coon (PI) and I (PI) are working on the following project: SSHRC Connection Grant: “Chuj Electronic Database Creation: Documentation and Revitalization of a Mayan Language”, 2015–2016.

Documenting the Acquisition of Chuj: In the summer of 2011 I was awarded an NEH-NSF Documenting Endangered Languages Fellowship (FN-50094-11): Acquisition of an Endangered Mayan Language: A Corpus of Child Chuj (PI Maria Polinsky) to document the acquisition of Chuj of San Mateo Ixtatán, Huehuetenango, Guatemala. The project aims to study the acquisition of verb morphology in Chuj, extending my own work on the acquisition of Q’anjob’al. In 2014 I received another Documenting Endangered Languages Fellowship to continue with the documentation of Chuj.

Mayan Acquisition Database: I have collaborated in creating a database with child language data from Mayan languages available online at Currently, there are approximately 230 files of transcriptions from K’iche’, Ch’ol, Mam, and Q’anjob’al available. The database for Chuj is available at “Chuj Child Language Acquisition”, I have collaborated with my academic advisor Professor Clifton Pye (University of Kansas) and with other linguists, including Professor Barbara Pfeiler (Centro Peninsular en Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales, UNAM, Mérida, Mexico), and Professor Lourdes de León (Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social – CIESAS, Mexico) for comparative study of Mayan language acquisition.