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Charles R. Hale, Director SRH 1.310, 2300 Red River Street D0800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512.471.5551

CILLA Director

Nora C. England, Dallas TACA Centennial Professor in Humanities, Department of Linguistics

Nora England 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.

Representative publications include:

  • A Grammar of Mam, a Mayan Language (1983)
  • Autonomía de los idiomas Mayas: Historia e identidad (1992)
  • "Endangered Languages: Doing Mayan Linguistics in Guatemala" (1992)
  • Introducción a la lingüística: idiomas Mayas (1988, 1996)
  • "Mayan Efforts toward Language Preservation" (1998)
  • Introducción a la gramática de los idiomas Mayas (2001)
  • "The Influence of Mayan-speaking Linguists on the State of Mayan Linguistics" (2007)
  • "To Tell a Tale: The Structure of Narrated Stories in Mam, a Mayan Language" (2009)
  • "Plurality Agreement in Some Eastern Mayan Language" (2011)

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.

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