Spatial language and cognition in Mesoamerica

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Alejandra Capistrán

Alejandra Capistrán is a professor at the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Iztapalapa, a Mexican university located in Mexico City.

Current research: Ph. dissertation about double object constructions and argument realization in P’orhépecha; inherent ditransitive stems and sentences with causative, applicative and spatial suffixes are analyzed.

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Gabriela Pérez Báez

Gabriela Pérez with traditional

Gabriela Pérez Báez is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University at Buffalo, a Visiting Research Scholar in the Linguistics Department at the City University of New York's Graduate Center and a Researcher with the Project for the Documentation of the Languages of Mesoamerica. Her doctoral research centers on the impact of emigration on the community of speakers of San Lucas Quiaviní­ Zapotec and the influence its mirror community in Los Angeles, California has on the survival prospects of this language. In her role as Researcher with the Project for the Documentation of the Languages of Mesoamerica, Gabriela is responsible for elicitation and development of a lexical database of Juchitán Zapotec. In addition, Gabriela is engaged in the description of the semantics of spatial language in this variety of Zapotec, with a focus on the properties of body part terms used in locative description.

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