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

Nora C. England

ProfessorPh.D., University of Florida

Professor, Department of Linguistics
Nora C. England



Linguistic description, grammar writing, language and identity, language politics, language ideologies, Mayan linguistics, American languages


LAS 322 • Indigenous Langs Of Amers

40548 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 1100am-1230pm CLA 0.104
(also listed as ANT 320L, LIN 350)

Examines various aspects of languages in the Americas, including their linguistic structures, the cultural domains in which they exist, and their histories of language contact and change.

LAS 322 • Indigenous Langs Of Americas

40097 • Fall 2010
Meets TTH 930am-1100am GSB 2.122
(also listed as ANT 320L, LIN 350)

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the indigenous languages that are and have been spoken in the Americas. It begins with an overview of the languages and their status, and then considers some of the diverse linguistic structures that American indigenous languages have. The cultural and social domains in which American indigenous languages exist are examined, as is the history of language contact and language change in different areas.

Shirley Silver and Wick R. Miller. 1997. American Indian Languages. The University of Arizona Press. Additional readings will be assigned.


England, Nora C. in press. "Cláusulas con flexión reducida en Mam." In Estudios Sintácticos en Lenguas de Mesoamérica, eds. Enrique Palancar and Roberto Zavala, Mexico.

England, Nora C. and Roberto Zavala Maldonado. 2013. "Mayan Languages." Oxford Bibliographies Online: Linguistics, edited by Mark Aronoff.  Launch date: 2013-04-22.  http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780199772810/obo-9780199772810-0147.xml?rskey=oRD7oo&result=35&q=

England, Nora C. 2013. "Marking Aspect and Mood and Inferring Time in Mam (Mayan)." Proceedings of the Thirty-Third Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society, February 9-11, 2007: 119-140.

England, Nora C. 2012. "The Study of Indigenous Languages in Latin America." LASA Forum XLIII, Issue 1: 11-14. http://lasa.international.pitt.edu/forum/files/vol43-issue1/OnTheProfession3.pdf

England, Nora. 2011. "Plurality agreement in some Eastern Mayan languages." International Journal of American Linguistics 77, 3:397-412.

England, Nora C. and Roberto Zavala Maldonado. 2011. "Mesoamerican Languages." Oxford Bibliographies Online: Linguistics, edited by Mark Aronoff. Launch date 2011-10-28. http://www.oxfordbibliographies.com/view/document/obo-9780199772810/obo-9780199772810-0080.xml?rskey=oRD7oo&result=36&q=

Can Pixabaj, Telma and Nora C. England. 2011. "Nominal topic and focus in K’ichee’." In  Representing Language: Essays in Honor of Judith Aissen, eds. Rodrigo Gutiérrez-Bravo, Line Mikkelsen and Eric Potsdam, 15-30. California Digital Library eScholarship Repository. Linguistic Research Center, University of California, Santa Cruz. (Also available from the on-demand publisher BookSurge.) http://escholarship.org/uc/item/0vf4s9tk, or http://escholarship.org/uc/lrc_aissen

England, Nora C. 2009.  “To tell a tale: the structure of narrated stories in Mam, a Mayan language.” International Journal of American Linguistics 75, 2: 207-33.

England, Nora C. 2007. “The Influence of Mayan-speaking linguists on the state of Mayan linguistics.” Linguistische Berichte Sonderheft 14: 93-111. Special edition, Peter K. Austin and Andrew Simpson (eds.) Endangered Languages. Hamburg: Helmut Buske Verlag.

England, Nora C. 2006. “El papel de palabras afectivas en la narración en Mam (Maya).” Memorias del VIII Encuentro Internacional de Lingüística en el noroeste, III: 157-171. Hermosillo, Sonora: Editorial UniSon.

England, Nora C. 2004. “Adjectives in Mam.” In R.M.W. Dixon and Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald (eds.) Adjective classes: a cross-linguistic typology, pp. 125-146. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Woodbury, Anthony C. and Nora C. England. 2004. “Training speakers of indigenous languages of Latin America at a US university.”  In Peter K. Austin (ed.) Language Documentation and Description, Volume 2, pp. 122-139.  London: Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project, Department of Linguistics, SOAS, University of London.

England, Nora C. 2003. “Maya linguists, linguistics, and the politics of identity.”  Proceedings of the Tenth Annual Symposium about Language and Society – Austin, April 12-14, 2002.  Texas Linguistics Society 45: 33-45.

England, Nora C. and Laura Martin. 2003. “Issues in the comparative argument structure analysis in Mayan narratives.”  In John W. Du Bois, Lorraine E. Kumpf, and William J. Ashby (eds.) Preferred Argument Structure: Grammars as architecture for function, pp. 131-157.  Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

England, Nora C. 2003. “Mayan language revival and revitalization politics: Linguists and linguistic ideologies.”  American Anthropologist, 105, 4: 733-743.

England, Nora C. 2001. Introducción a la gramática de los idiomas mayas.  Guatemala:  Cholsamaj.

England, Nora C. 1998. “Mayan Efforts Toward Language Preservation.”  In Lenore Grenoble and Lindsay Whaley (eds.) Endangered Languages, pp. 99-116.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

England, Nora C. 1997. “Topicalización, enfoque y énfasis.”  Cultura de Guatemala, año XVIII, vol. II: 273-288.  Guatemala: Universidad Rafael Landívar.

England, Nora C. 1996. “The Role of Language Standardization in Revitalization.”  In R. McKenna Brown and Edward K. Fischer(eds.) Mayan Cultural Activism in Guatemala, pp. 178-194.  Austin:  University of Texas Press.

England, Nora C. 1995. “Linguistics and Indigenous American Languages: Mayan Examples.”  Journal of Latin American Anthropology 1: 122-149

England, Nora C., Pablo García Ixmatá, Pedro García Matzar, María Juliana Sis Iboy, José O. Rodríguez Guaján, Candelaria López Ixcoy, José Gonzalo Benito Pérez. 1993. Maya’ chii’: Idiomas mayas de Guatemala.  Guatemala: Cholsamaj, 1st reprinting 1997, 2nd reprinting (revised) 2003.

England, Nora C. 1992. Autonomía de los idiomas mayas: Historia e identidad.  Guatemala: Cholsamaj.  2nd ed. 1994.

England, Nora C. 1992. “Endangered Languages:  Doing Mayan Linguistics in Guatemala.”  Language 68: 29-35.

England, Nora C. 1991. “Changes in Basic Word Order in Mayan Languages.” International Journal of American Linguistics 57: 446-486.

England, Nora C. and Stephen R. Elliott, eds., 1990. Lecturas sobre la lingüística maya. Guatemala: Centro de Investigaciones Regionales de Mesoamérica.

England, Nora C. 1990. “El mam: Semejanzas y diferencias regionales.” In Nora C. England and Stephen R. Elliott (eds.) Lecturas sobre la lingüística maya, pp. 221-252.  Guatemala: Centro de Investigaciones Regionales de Mesoamérica.

England, Nora C. 1989. “Comparing Mam (Mayan) Clause Structures:  Subordinate vs. Main Clauses.” International Journal of American Linguistics 55, 3: 283-308.

England, Nora C. 1988. Introducción a la lingüística: Idiomas mayas.  Guatemala: Proyecto Lingüístico Francisco Marroquín. 1st reprinting 1992.  2nd ed. 1996, Guatemala: Cholsamaj and Proyecto Lingüístico Francisco Marroquín (substantial changes). 1st reprinting 1999, 2nd reprinting 2002.

England, Nora C. 1988.  “Mam Voice.” In M. Shibatani (ed.) Typological Studies in Language, 16: Passive and Voice, pp. 525-545. Amsterdam:  John Benjamins

England, Nora C. 1987. “Variation in Mayan Narrative.” Anthropological Linguistics, Winter 1987: 522-532

England, Nora C. 1983. A Grammar of Mam, a Mayan Language. Austin: University of Texas Press.

England, Nora C. 1983. “Ergativity in Mamean (Mayan) Languages.” International Journal of American Linguistics 49: 1-19.

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