IMS Associates

Linguistic Anthropology Students

Rebecca Dinkel



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Educational Background

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

Research Interests

I am a linguistic anthropologist focusing broadly on Mesoamerican indigenous languages and culture, both in the past and present. I have special interest in the syntax, semantics, and history of these languages. For my research, I conduct linguistic fieldwork and utilize corpus linguistic and discourse analysis approaches. I am also a visual anthropologist and have a special interest in Mesoamerican writing systems and related visual culture.

Specifically, I work on documenting the Copala Triqui language. I have worked with the Albany Copala Triqui Working Group to create and maintain an online dictionary, texts, and pedagogical materials. I have also worked on syntactic issues surrounding Copala Triqui's syntactic causative and its unique clause linkage type. I am now expanding this research to examine the properties of other clause linkage types in Copala Triqui.

My research also focuses on Mayan languages, particularly the 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 linguistic 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 multimodal structure, which integrates written texts with art.


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