Rebecca Dinkel

Education:
Ph.D. Anthropology [In Progress], University at Albany - SUNY
M.A. Linguistics, San Francisco State University, 2013
B.A. Anthropology & Philosophy, University of California-Davis, 2010

Contact:
bdinkel@gmail.com

Research Interests:
Linguistics (semantics, metaphor, corpus, cognitive, morpho-syntax, descriptive, historical, sociolinguistics, narrative & discourse analysis); linguistic anthropology; visual anthropology; Mesoamerican languages, history & culture (Mayan & Oto-Manguean); Mesoamerican writing systems

Area of Study / Field site:
Ch'olan, Yucatecan, and Triqui Languages

Academic Advisor & Subfield:
Dr. John Justeson; Linguistics

CV Link
Institute for Mesoamerican Studies Webpage

My research focuses broadly on Mesoamerican languages and culture, both in the past and present. I continue to work with the Copala Triqui Working Group at the University at Albany that creates and maintains an online dictionary and texts and is now creating pedagogical materials. I have particularly worked on syntactic issues surrounding Copala Triqui's syntactic causative and its unique clause linkage type.

I am also interested in Mayan Ch'olan and Yucatecan language families. I have learned to speak some Yucatec Maya with speakers in the Yucatán. I also have an interest in the historical linguistics of these languages and pre-Columbian and colonial Mayan texts. My dissertation research focuses on how to analyze and identify metaphors in these texts through corpus approaches, while also addressing central debates in metaphor theory and semantics broadly. Specifically, I am examining how metaphor materializes across the modalities of language and image in pre-Columbian Mayan hieroglyphic texts, that are well known for their multi-modal structure which integrates written texts with art.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE & DISTINCTIONS

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Spring 2018, Sociolinguistics, Instructor, University at Albany
Fall 2013-Spring 2017, Introduction to Linguistics, Teaching Assistant, University at Albany
Summer 2016, Introduction to Linguistics, Instructor, University at Albany
Spring 2015, Introduction to Phonology, Guest Lecturer, University at Albany
Spring 2013, Introduction to the Study of Language, Teaching Assistant, San Francisco State University
Spring 2013, The History of the English Language, Teaching Assistant, San Francisco State University

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
2014-present, Field work on San Juan Copala Triqui in Albany, New York; Coordinators: Aaron Broadwell, Lauren Clemens & Walter Little

2012 San Francisco State University Field Methods Course on Hong Kong Cantonese; Instructor: Troi Carleton

2010 University of California Davis Archaeological Field Methods Course in the Sierra Nevadas; Coordinator: Carly Whelan

2008-2010 University of California Davis Museum of Anthropology Intern; Coordinators: Lisa Deitz and Elizabeth Guerra

FELLOWSHIPS, SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS
2017 David Scotchmer Essay Award for Copala Triqui’s Syntactic Causative: Cosubordination across Models of Grammar, awarded by the Institute for Mesoamerican Studies at the University at Albany
2017 Travel Award, awarded by the Society for the Study of Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA) for travel fees for 2017 SSILA Conference
2016 Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program, awarded by California State University for support in completion of Doctoral Degree
2015 Summer FLAS, awarded by Duke University for tuition, fees and stipend of the Yucatec Maya Summer Institute
2015 First Encounter Scholarship for Mesoamerican Fieldwork, awarded by the Institute for Mesoamerican Studies at the University at Albany for remaining costs for Yucatec Maya Summer Institute
2015 Travel Grant, awarded by the University at Albany GSA for travel fees for professional development activities
Fall 2013-Spring 2017, Tuition Scholarship, awarded by the University at Albany for tuition fees
2012 Honorable Mention for Sally Cassanova Pre-Doctoral Fellow, awarded by the CSU system to students from nontraditional backgrounds pursuing doctoral study by providing funding for doctoral applications and preparation
2012 Edward B. Kaufmann Humanities Scholarship, awarded by San Francisco State University to students who excel in the humanities
2010 Graduation with High Honors in Anthropology, awarded by the University of California, Davis
2010 Graduation with Honors in Philosophy, awarded by the University of California, Davis
2005-2010 Five Times Deans Honor List, awarded by the University of California, Davis
2008 Rola Ortlieb Scholarship, awarded by the University of California, Davis for outstanding academic achievement
2008 Callizo/Pope Valley Scholarship, awarded by the University of California, Davis for outstanding academic achievement

PUBLICATIONS

Eerkens, J., Dinkel, R. & Ormsbee, C. (2012). A Land of Style: A Quantitative and Cultural Transmission Approach to Understanding Coso Rock Art. In T. L. Jones & J. E. Perry (Eds.), Contemporary Issues in California Archaeology (pp. 237-253). Walnut Creek: Left Coast Press.