Rebecca Dinkel

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


Research Interests:
Semantics; Metaphor; Morpho-Syntax; Historical Linguistics; Language and Culture; Mayan and Oto-Manguean Languages; 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, 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 of Copala Triqui's syntactic causative, examining 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 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.


Spring 2016, Introduction to Phonology, Guest Lecturer, University at Albany
Fall 2013-Spring 2016, Introduction to Linguistics, Teaching Assistant, 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

2014-present - Field work on San Juan Copala Triqui in Albany, New York; Coordinator: Aaron Broadwell
2012 - San Francisco State University Field Methods Course on Hong Kong Cantonese; Instructor: Troi Carleton
2010 - Data collection on prehistoric Coso Range petroglyphs; Advisor: Jelmer Eerkens
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

2016 - 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 SUNY 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 2016, 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 - Judith Anne Ott and Edward B. Kaufmann Humanities Scholarship, awarded by San Francisco State University to students who excel in the humanities
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


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.