Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

CILLA Steering Committee


Nora England, Dallas TACA Centennial Professor in Humanities in the Department of Linguistics, is a specialist in Mayan linguistics, with principal research interests in the analysis and description of contemporary Mayan languages, language identity, language politics, and language ideologies.

She was the founder of and adviser to Oxlajuuj Keej Maya' Ajtz'iib' (OKMA), a Guatemalan Mayan institute devoted to research and teaching on Mayan languages and linguistics. Throughout her career she has been principally concerned with conveying linguistic knowledge to speakers of Mayan languages so that they have the necessary tools for linguistic research and for applying that knowledge to language maintenance and Mayan education. She was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 1993 for her work in Guatemala.


Megan Crowhurst
Associate Professor of Linguistics, Department of Linguistics
Interests: Bolivian indigenous languages; phonology, speech perception

Patience Epps Assistant Professor, Department of Linguistics
Interests: Amazonian languages; linguistic typology; languages in contact

Charles R. Hale
Western Hemispheric Trade Studies Chair and Director, Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies; Professor, Department of Anthropology
Interests: Latin America and the Caribbean; identity politics; consciousness and resistance; activist anthropology

Telma Can Pixabaj
Graduate student, Department of Linguistics
Interests: K’ichee’ (Mayan)

Joel Sherzer Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology
Interests: North and South American Indian languages; Kuna; linguistic anthropology; ethnography of speaking

David Stuart Linda and David Schele Chair in the Art and Writing of Mesoamerica, Department of Art and Art History
Interests: Mayan and Mesoamerican writing; ancient Mayan history and archaeology

Anthony C. Woodbury Professor, Department of Linguistics
Interests: Native American linguistics; Eskimo; grammatical theory; field linguistics; oral discourse

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