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Name: Nora  C. England
Institution: University of Texas at Austin
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State and/or Country: TX
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Linguistic Field(s): Language Documentation
Specialty: description, syntax, discourse
Language Family(ies): Mayan
Selected Publications: 1983. A Grammar of Mam, a Mayan Language. Austin: University of Texas Press.
1983. Ergativity in Mamean (Mayan) Languages. IJAL 49:1-19.
1988. Introducción a la lingüística: Idiomas mayas. Antigua Guatemala: PLFM. reprinted 1992. 2nd edition (substantial changes) 1996: Cholsamaj and PLFM. Reprinted 1999, 2002.
1989. Comparing Mam (Mayan) Clause Structure: Subordinate vs. Main Clauses. IJAL 55:283-308.
1991. Changes in Basic Word Order in Mayan Languages. IJAL 57:446-486.
1992. Autonomía de los idiomas mayas: Historia e identidad. Guatemala: Cholsamaj. 2nd edition 1994.
1995. Linguistics and Indigenous American Languages: Mayan Examples. Journal of Latin American Anthropology 1:122-149.
1996. The Role of Language Standardization in Revitalization. In Mayan Cultural Activism in Guatemala, ed. R. McKenna Brown and Edward K. Fischer, 178-194. Austin: University of Texas Press.
1998. Mayan Efforts Toward Language Preservation. In Endangered Languages, ed. Lenore Grenoble and Lindsay Whaley, 99-116. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
2001. Introducción a la gramática de los idiomas mayas. Guatemala: Cholsamaj.
2003. Mayan Language Revival and Revitalization Politics: Linguists and Linguistic Ideologies. American Anthropologist 105, 4:733-743.
2004. Adjectives in Mam. In Adjective Classes: a Cross-Linguistic Typology, ed. R.M.W. Dixon and Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald, 125-146.
2007. The Influence of Mayan-speaking Linguists on the State of Mayan Linguistics. Linguistische Berichte Sonderheft 14:93-111. Special edition Endangered Languages, ed. Peter K. Austin and Andrew Simpson. Hamburg: Helmut Buske Verlag.
Courses Taught: undergraduate:
Introduction to the Study of Language
How to Describe a Language
Languages of the Americas

graduate:
Tools for Linguistic Description
Structure of Mayan Languages
Reading and Writing Grammars



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