Selected Publications

Semantic typology and field semantics

NEW! Under review. Linguistic typology underpredicts event cognition: evidence for cognitive dynamism. With G. Montero Melis, S. Eisenbeiß, B. Narasimhan, T. F. Jaeger, Sotaro Kita, A. Kopecka, F. Luepke, Tatiana Nikitina, A. Özürek, Ilona Tragel. Cognitive Semantics (special issue in honor of Len Talmy). Preprint.

NEW! Under review. Elicitation and documentation of tense and aspect. Language Documentation and Conservation (special issue edited by Peter Jenks and Lev Michael). Preprint.

In prep. Reference frames in semantic typology: Their classification and the factors driving their use. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society. University of California, Berkeley.

In prep. Empirical semantics. Manuscript: University at Buffalo. With D Wilkins

Under revision. The linguistic transmission of cognitive practices: Reference frames in and around Mesoamerica. With E. Benedicto, K. T. Donelson, A. Eggleston, C. K. O'Meara, G. Pérez Báez, R. E. Moore, A. Capistrán Garza, N. Hernández Green, M. S. Hernández Gómez, S. Herrera Castro, E. Palancar, G. Polian, and R. Romero Méndez. Cognition.

In press. Organization of space. In J. Aissen, N. England, and R. Zavala Maldonado (eds.), The Mayan languages. Ms.

2015. Semantic typology: New approaches to crosslinguistic variation in language and cognition. With R. E. Moore, K. T. Donelson, & A. Eggleston. Linguistics Vanguard (DOI: 10.1515/lingvan-2015-1004). Preprint.

2015. The contact diffusion of linguistic practices: Reference frames in Mesoamerica. With K. T. Donelson, R. E. Moore, E. Benedicto, A. Capistrán Garza, A. Eggleston, N. Hernández Green, M. S. Hernández Gómez, S. Herrera Castro, C. K. O'Meara, G. Pérez Báez, E. Palancar, G. Polian, and R. Romero Méndez.Language Dynamics and Change 5(2):169-201. Preprint.

2015. A practical epistemology for semantic elicitation in the field and elsewhere. In R. Bochnak & L. Matthewson (eds.), Methodologies in semantic fieldwork. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 13-46.Preprint.

2014. The cultural transmission of spatial cognition: Evidence from a large-scale study. With K. T. Donelson, R. E. Tucker, E. Benedicto, A. Eggleston, A. Capistrán Garza, N. Hernández Green, M. S. Hernández Gómez, S. Herrera Castro, C. K. O'Meara, E. Palancar, G. Pérez Báez, G. Polian, and R. Romero Méndez. Proceedings of the 36th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. Link

2013. Ten Lectures on Field Methods in Cognitive Linguistics by Jürgen Bohnemeyer (with DVD). Edited by Thomas Fuyin Li and Dingyan Li). Beijing: Foreign Language and Teaching Research Press.

2013. The language-specificity of conceptual structure: Taking stock. International Journal of Cognitive Linguistics 4(1):65-88.

2012. Marcos de referencia en lenguas mesoamericanas: un análisis multivariante tipológico [Frames of reference in Mesoamerican languages: a typological multivariate analysis]. (With E. Benedicto, A. Capistrán Garza, K. T. Donelson, A. Eggleston, N. Hernández Green, M. Hernández Gómez), J. S. Lovegren, C. K. O'Meara, E. Palancar, G. Pérez Báez, G. Polian, R. Romero Méndez, and R. E. Tucker.) In N. England (Ed.), Proceedings of the Conference on Indigenous Languages of Latin America-V. Austin, TX: The Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America. Preprint.

2011. Semantic typology as an approach to mapping the nature-nurture divide in cognition. White paper for the initiative SBE 2020: Future Research in the Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences. Arlington, VA: National Science Foundation. Ms.

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Event representation

NEW! Under review. Linguistic typology underpredicts event cognition: evidence for cognitive dynamism. With G. Montero Melis, S. Eisenbeiß, B. Narasimhan, T. F. Jaeger, Sotaro Kita, A. Kopecka, F. Luepke, Tatiana Nikitina, A. Özürek, Ilona Tragel. Cognitive Semantics (special issue in honor of Len Talmy). Preprint.

In prep. When going means becoming gone: Framing Motion as State Change in Yukatek Maya. Ms.

2017. The Macro-Event Property and the Layered Structure of the Clause. With R. D. Van Valin, Jr. Studies in Language. 41(1): 142-197. Preprint.

2010. On representing events. With E. Pederson. In Bohnemeyer, J. and E. Pederson (Eds.), Event representation in language: Encoding events at the language-cognition interface. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1-12.

2010. The Macro-Event Property: The segmentation of causal chains. With N. J. Enfield, J. Essegbey, and S. Kita. In Bohnemeyer, J. and E. Pederson (Eds.), Event representation in language: Encoding events at the language-cognition interface. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 43-67. Abstract. Ms. Preprint.

2007. Principles of event segmentation in language: The case of motion events. With N. J. Enfield, J. Essegbey, I. Ibarretxe-Antuñano, S. Kita, F. Lüpke, and F. K. Ameka. Language 83(3): 495-532. Abstract. Preprint.

2004. Event realization and default aspect. With M. D. Swift. Linguistics and Philosophy 27(3): 263-296. Abstract. Preprint. Errata.

2003. The unique vector constraint. In E. van der Zee and J. Slack (Eds.), Representing direction in language and space. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 86-110. Abstract. Preprint.

2001. Prinzipien der Ereignisrepresentation am Beispiel von Bewegungsereignissen [Principles of event representation, with reference to motion events.] In Jahrbuch 2001. Edited by the Max Planck Society. Goettingen: Vandenhoek & Ruprecht. 359-363. Preprint.

2001. Argument and Event Structure in Yukatek Verb Classes. In J.-Y. Kim & A. Weerle (Eds.), The Proceedings of SULA: The Semantics of Under-Represented Languages in the Americas. Amherst, MA: GLSA. University of Massachusetts Occasional Papers in Linguistics 25: 8-19.Abstract. Preprint.

2000. Event order in language and cognition. In H. de Hoop and T. van der Wouden (Eds.), Linguistics in the Netherlands 17. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 1-16. Abstract.

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Temporal reference

NEW! (Invited Lecture) 2016 Subjunctive mood as non-realization viewpoint aspect in Mayan. 16th Texas Linguistics Society Conference. University of Texas at Austin. Slides.

NEW! Under review. Elicitation and documentation of tense and aspect. Language Documentation and Conservation (special issue edited by Peter Jenks and Lev Michael). Preprint.

2014. Aspect vs. relative tense: The case reopened. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 32(3): 917-954. Preprint.

2009. Temporal anaphora in a tenseless language. In W. Klein & P. Li (Eds.), The expression of time in language. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. 83-128. Preprint.

2004. Event realization and default aspect. With M. D. Swift. Linguistics and Philosophy 27(3): 263-296. Abstract. Preprint. Errata.

2003. NSM without the Strong Lexicalization Hypothesis. (Response to the target article by U. Durst.) Theoretical Linguistics 29(3): 211-222 Preprint.

2003. Invisible time lines in the fabric of events: Temporal coherence in Yucatec narratives. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 13(2): 139-162. Abstract. Preprint.

2002. The grammar of time reference in Yukatek Maya. Munich: LINCOM. Abstract.

2000. Where do pragmatic meanings come from? The source of temporal inferences in discourse coherence. In W. Spooren, T. Sanders & C. van Wijk (Eds.), Samenhang in diversiteit. Opstellen voor Leo Noordman [Unity in diversity. Papers presented to Leo Noordman]. Tilburg: Tilburg University. 137-153.

2000. Event order in language and cognition. In H. de Hoop and T. van der Wouden (Eds.), Linguistics in the Netherlands 17. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 1-16. Abstract.

1998. Time relations in discourse: Evidence from a comparative approach to Yukatek Maya. Doctoral dissertation, Tilburg Universty. Abstract.

1998. Temporale Relatoren im hispano yukatekischen Sprachkontakt [Temporal connectives in Spanish-Yukatekan language contact]. In A. Koechert & T. Stolz (Eds.), Convergencia e Individualidad. Las lenguas Mayas entre hispanización e indigenismo [Convergence and individuality: the Mayan languages between hispanization and indigenous identity activism]. Hannover etc.: Verlag für Ethnologie (Colección Americana; 9). 195 241.

1998. Temporal Reference from a Radical Pragmatics Perspective: Why Yucatec does not need to express ‘after' and ‘before'. Cognitive Linguistics 9(3): 239-282. Abstract.

1997. Yucatec Mayan lexicalization patterns in time and space. In M. Biemans & J. v.d. Weijer (Eds.), Proceedings of the CLS Opening Academic Year 1997-1998. Tilburg: Center for Language Studies. 73-106. Abstract.

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Argument structure

NEW! Under review. Argument realization and discourse status in Yucatec, a purely head-marking language. With T. J. Tilbe. STUF: Language Typology and Universals. Preprint.

2011. Mass-count coercion with the Universal Sculptor in Seri. With C. O'Meara. In M. Louie & A. Black (Eds.), Papers for WSCLA 16: The sixteenth workshop on structure and constituency in languages of the Americas. Vancouver: University of British Columbia Working Papers in Linguistics 31. 121-134. Preprint.

2011. Learning to express visual contrasts in the production of referring expressions in Yucatec Maya. With L. K. Butler, F. Jaeger, and K. Furth. In Proceedings of the Workshop on the Production of Referring Expressions (PRE-CogSci 2011). Boston, MA.

2011. Configuraciones temáticas atípicas y el uso de predicados complejos en perspectiva tipológica [Atypical thematic configurations and the use of complex predicates in typological perspective]. (With N. Enfield, J. Essegbey, A. Majid, and M. van Staden.) In A. L. Munguía (Ed.), Colección Estudios Lingüísticos. Vol. I: Fonología, morfología, y tipología semántico-sintáctica [Collection Linguistic Studies. Vol 1: Phonology, morphology, and semantico-syntactic typology). Hermosillo: Universidad de Sonora. 173-194. Preprint.

2009. Review of Lois, X. & V. Vapnarsky (Ed.), Lexical categories and root classes in Amerindian languages. International Journal of American Linguistics 75 (4): 607-610.

2009. Linking without grammatical relations in Yucatec: Alignment, extraction, and control. In Y. Nishina, Y. M. Shin, S. Skopeteas, E. Verhoeven, & J. Helmbrecht (Eds.), Issues in functional-typological linguistics and language theory: A Festschrift for Christian Lehmann on the occasion of his 60th birthday. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. 185-214. Abstract. Ms.

2007. The pitfalls of getting from here to there: Bootstrapping the syntax and semantics of motion event expressions in Yucatec Maya. In M. Bowerman & P. Brown (Eds.), Cross-linguistic Perspectives on Argument Structure: Implications for Learnability. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. 49-68. Abstract. Ms.

2007. Morpholexical Transparency and the argument structure of verbs of cutting and breaking. Cognitive Linguistics 18(2): 153-177. Abstract. Preprint.

2004. Split intransitivity, linking, and lexical representation: the case of Yukatek Maya. Linguistics 42(1): 67-107. Abstract. Preprint.

2001. Argument and Event Structure in Yukatek Verb Classes. In J.-Y. Kim & A. Weerle (Eds.), The Proceedings of SULA: The Semantics of Under-Represented Languages in the Americas. Amherst, MA: GLSA. University of Massachusetts Occasional Papers in Linguistics 25: 8-19. Abstract. Preprint.

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Spatial reference

NEW! (Presentation) 2016. Effect of topography on language and cognition in Isthmus Zapotec. With R. Moore. Geographic grounding: Place, direction and landscape in the languages of the world. University of Copenhagen. Slides.

In prep. When going means becoming gone: Framing Motion as State Change in Yukatek Maya. Ms.

In prep. Frames of reference in language and cognition: Linguistic and nonlinguistic factors. (With E. Benedicto, A. Capistrán Garza, K. T. Donelson, A. Eggleston, N. Hernández Green, M. Hernández Gómez), J. S. Lovegren, C. K. O'Meara, E. Palancar, G. Pérez Báez, G. Polian, R. Romero Méndez, and R. E. Tucker.)

Under revision. The linguistic transmission of cognitive practices: Reference frames in and around Mesoamerica. With E. Benedicto, K. T. Donelson, A. Eggleston, C. K. O'Meara, G. Pérez Báez, R. E. Moore, A. Capistrán Garza, N. Hernández Green, M. S. Hernández Gómez, S. Herrera Castro, E. Palancar, G. Polian, and R. Romero Méndez. Cognition.

NEW! Under review. Space in languages of Mexico. With C. K. O'Meara, G. Pérez Báez, and A. Eggleston. In S. Wichmann (ed.), The Languages and Linguistics of Middle and Central America: A Comprehensive Guide. Berlin: Moutin de Gruyter.

In press. Organization of space. In J. Aissen, N. England, and R. Zavala Maldonado (eds.), The Mayan languages. Ms.

2015. Deixis. In J. D. Wright (editor-in-chief), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, Vol 6. Oxford: Elsevier. 52–57.

2015. The contact diffusion of linguistic practices: Reference frames in Mesoamerica. With K. T. Donelson, R. E. Moore, E. Benedicto, A. Capistrán Garza, A. Eggleston, N. Hernández Green, M. S. Hernández Gómez, S. Herrera Castro, C. K. O'Meara, G. Pérez Báez, E. Palancar, G. Polian, and R. Romero Méndez.Language Dynamics and Change 5(2):169-201. Preprint.

2014 The cultural transmission of spatial cognition: Evidence from a large-scale study. With K. T. Donelson, R. E. Tucker, E. Benedicto, A. Eggleston, A. Capistrán Garza, N. Hernández Green, M. S. Hernández Gómez, S. Herrera Castro, C. K. O'Meara, E. Palancar, G. Pérez Báez, G. Polian, and R. Romero Méndez. Proceedings of the 36th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. Link

2014. Space in semantic typology: Object-centered geometries. With R. Tucker. Submitted to P. Auer, M. Hilpert, A. Stukenbrock, & B. Szmrecsanyi (Eds.), Proceedings of the Freiburg (FRIAS) language and space workshops. Berlin: De Gruyter. 637-666. Abstract. Ms.

2013. The language-specificity of conceptual structure: Taking stock. International Journal of Cognitive Linguistics 4(1):65-88.

2012. Yucatec demonstratives in interaction: spontaneous vs. elicited data. In Andrea C. Schalley (Ed.), Practical theories and empirical practice. Amsterdam/New York: John Benjamins. 99-128. Ms.

2012. Vectors and frames of reference: Evidence from Seri and Yucatec. With C. O'Meara. In L. Filipović & K. M. Jaszczolt (Eds.), Space and Time across Languages and Cultures. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 217-249. Preprint.

2012. Marcos de referencia en lenguas mesoamericanas: un análisis multivariante tipológico [Frames of reference in Mesoamerican languages: a typological multivariate analysis]. (With E. Benedicto, A. Capistrán Garza, K. T. Donelson, A. Eggleston, N. Hernández Green, M. Hernández Gómez), J. S. Lovegren, C. K. O'Meara, E. Palancar, G. Pérez Báez, G. Polian, R. Romero Méndez, and R. E. Tucker.) In N. England (Ed.), Proceedings of the Conference on Indigenous Languages of Latin America-V. Austin, TX: The Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America. Preprint.

2012. A Vector Space Semantics for Reference Frames in Yucatec. In Elizabeth Bogal-Allbritten (Ed.), Proceedings of the sixth meeting on the Semantics of Under-Represented Languages in the Americas (SULA 6) and SULA-Bar. Amherst: GLSA Publications. 15-34. Preprint.

2011. Uniformity and variation in Tseltal reference frame use. With G. Polian. Language Sciences 33: 868-891. Abstract.

2011. Spatial frames of reference in Yucatec: Referential promiscuity and task-specificity. Language Sciences 33: 892-914. Abstract. Ms.

2010. The language-specificity of Conceptual Structure: Path, Fictive Motion, and time relations. In B. Malt & P. Wolff (Eds.), Words and the mind: How words capture human experience. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 111-137. Abstract. Ms. Preprint.

2008. Thinking-for-speaking: evidencia a partir de la codificación de disposiciones espaciales en español y yucateco [Thinking for speaking: Evidence from the encoding of spatial dispositions in Spanish and Yucatec]. With V. Belloro, D. Gentner, and K. Braun. Memoria del IX Encuentro Internacional De Lingüística En El Noroeste. Vol. 2. Hermosillo: Editorial UniSon. 175-190. Preprint.

2008. Object to path in Mesoamerica: Semantic composition of locative and motion descriptions in Yucatec Maya and Juchitán Zapotec. With G. Pérez Báez. Memoria del IX Encuentro Internacional De Lingüística En El Noroeste. Vol. 2. Hermosillo: Editorial UniSon. 269-284. Preprint.

2008. Complex landscape terms in Seri. With C. O'Meara. Language Sciences 30(2-3): 316-339. Abstract. Preprint.

2007. The pitfalls of getting from here to there: Bootstrapping the syntax and semantics of motion event expressions in Yucatec Maya. In M. Bowerman & P. Brown (Eds.), Cross-linguistic Perspectives on Argument Structure: Implications for Learnability. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. 49-68. Abstract. Ms.

2007. Standing divided: Dispositionals and locative predications in two Mayan languages. With P. Brown. Linguistics 45(5-6): 1105-1151. Abstract. Preprint.

2007. Principles of event segmentation in language: The case of motion events. With N. J. Enfield, J. Essegbey, I. Ibarretxe-Antuñano, S. Kita, F. Lüpke, and F. K. Ameka. Language 83(3): 495-532. Abstract. Preprint.

2006. Ways to go: Methodological considerations in Whorfian studies on motion events. (With S. Eisenbeiss and B. Narasimhan.) Essex Research Reports in Linguistics 50: 1-20. Preprint.

2006. Spatial reference in Yukatek Maya: a survey. With C. Stolz. In S. C. Levinson & D. P. Wilkins (Eds.), Grammars of Space. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 273-310. Preprint.

2003. The unique vector constraint. In E. van der Zee and J. Slack (Eds.), Representing direction in language and space. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 86-110. Abstract. Preprint.

2001. Prinzipien der Ereignisrepresentation am Beispiel von Bewegungsereignissen [Principles of event representation, with reference to motion events.] In Jahrbuch 2001. Edited by the Max Planck Society. Goettingen: Vandenhoek & Ruprecht. 359-363. Preprint.

2001. Deixis. In N. J. Smelser & P. B. Baltes (Eds.), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences. Volume 5. (Section Editor for Linguistics: B. Comrie). London: Elsevier. 3371-3375. Abstract. Preprint.

1997. Yucatec Mayan lexicalization patterns in time and space. In M. Biemans & J. v.d. Weijer (Eds.), Proceedings of the CLS Opening Academic Year 1997-1998. Tilburg: Center for Language Studies. 73-106. Abstract.

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Cognitive anthropology

NEW! (Presentation) 2016. Effect of topography on language and cognition in Isthmus Zapotec. With R. Moore. Geographic grounding: Place, direction and landscape in the languages of the world. University of Copenhagen.Slides.

NEW! Under review. Linguistic typology underpredicts event cognition: evidence for cognitive dynamism. With G. Montero Melis, S. Eisenbeiß, B. Narasimhan, T. F. Jaeger, Sotaro Kita, A. Kopecka, F. Luepke, Tatiana Nikitina, A. Özürek, Ilona Tragel. Cognitive Semantics (special issue in honor of Len Talmy). Preprint.

NEW! Under review. Linguistic relativity: From Whorf to now. In L. Matthewson, C. Meier, H. Rullmann, & T. E. Zimmermann (eds.), The Blackwell companion to semantics. London: Blackwell. Preprint.

In prep. Reference frames in semantic typology: Their classification and the factors driving their use. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society. University of California, Berkeley.

In prep. Empirical semantics. Manuscript: University at Buffalo. With D Wilkins

In prep. Frames of reference in language and cognition: Linguistic and nonlinguistic factors. (With E. Benedicto, A. Capistrán Garza, K. T. Donelson, A. Eggleston, N. Hernández Green, M. Hernández Gómez), J. S. Lovegren, C. K. O'Meara, E. Palancar, G. Pérez Báez, G. Polian, R. Romero Méndez, and R. E. Tucker.)

Under revision. Framing Whorf: A response to Li et al. 2011. (With S. C. Levinson.)

Under revision. The linguistic transmission of cognitive practices: Reference frames in and around Mesoamerica. With E. Benedicto, K. T. Donelson, A. Eggleston, C. K. O'Meara, G. Pérez Báez, R. E. Moore, A. Capistrán Garza, N. Hernández Green, M. S. Hernández Gómez, S. Herrera Castro, E. Palancar, G. Polian, and R. Romero Méndez. Cognition.

2015 The contact diffusion of linguistic practices: Reference frames in Mesoamerica. With K. T. Donelson, R. E. Moore, E. Benedicto, A. Capistrán Garza, A. Eggleston, N. Hernández Green, M. S. Hernández Gómez, S. Herrera Castro, C. K. O'Meara, G. Pérez Báez, E. Palancar, G. Polian, and R. Romero Méndez.Language Dynamics and Change 5(2):169-201. Preprint.

2014 The cultural transmission of spatial cognition: Evidence from a large-scale study. With K. T. Donelson, R. E. Tucker, E. Benedicto, A. Eggleston, A. Capistrán Garza, N. Hernández Green, M. S. Hernández Gómez, S. Herrera Castro, C. K. O'Meara, E. Palancar, G. Pérez Báez, G. Polian, and R. Romero Méndez. Proceedings of the 36th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. Link

2013. Ten Lectures on Field Methods in Cognitive Linguistics by Jürgen Bohnemeyer (with DVD). Edited by Thomas Fuyin Li and Dingyan Li). Beijing: Foreign Language and Teaching Research Press.

2012 Marcos de referencia en lenguas mesoamericanas: un análisis multivariante tipológico [Frames of reference in Mesoamerican languages: a typological multivariate analysis]. (With E. Benedicto, A. Capistrán Garza, K. T. Donelson, A. Eggleston, N. Hernández Green, M. Hernández Gómez), J. S. Lovegren, C. K. O'Meara, E. Palancar, G. Pérez Báez, G. Polian, R. Romero Méndez, and R. E. Tucker.) In N. England (Ed.), Proceedings of the Conference on Indigenous Languages of Latin America-V. Austin, TX: The Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America. Preprint.

2011. Uniformity and variation in Tseltal reference frame use. With G. Polian. Language Sciences 33: 868-891. Abstract.

2011. Spatial frames of reference in Yucatec: Referential promiscuity and task-specificity. Language Sciences 33: 892-914. Abstract. Ms.

2011 Semantic typology as an approach to mapping the nature-nurture divide in cognition. White paper for the initiative SBE 2020: Future Research in the Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences. Arlington, VA: National Science Foundation. Ms.

2010. The language-specificity of Conceptual Structure: Path, Fictive Motion, and time relations. In B. Malt & P. Wolff (Eds.), Words and the mind: How words capture human experience. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 111-137. Abstract. Ms. Preprint.

2008. Thinking-for-speaking: evidencia a partir de la codificación de disposiciones espaciales en español y yucateco [Thinking for speaking: Evidence from the encoding of spatial dispositions in Spanish and Yucatec]. With V. Belloro, D. Gentner, and K. Braun. Memoria del IX Encuentro Internacional De Lingüística En El Noroeste. Vol. 2. Hermosillo: Editorial UniSon. 175-190. Preprint.

2008. Complex landscape terms in Seri. With C. O'Meara. Language Sciences 30(2-3): 316-339. Abstract. Preprint.

2006. Ways to go: Methodological considerations in Whorfian studies on motion events. (With S. Eisenbeiss and B. Narasimhan.) Essex Research Reports in Linguistics 50: 1-20. Preprint.

2003. Invisible time lines in the fabric of events: Temporal coherence in Yucatec narratives. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 13(2): 139-162. Abstract. Preprint.

2002. Review of Puetz, M. & Verspoor, M., (Ed.), Explorations in Linguistic Relativity. Language and Society 31(3): 452-456. Preprint.

2000. Event order in language and cognition. In H. de Hoop and T. van der Wouden (Eds.), Linguistics in the Netherlands 17. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 1-16. Abstract.

1998. Time relations in discourse: Evidence from a comparative approach to Yukatek Maya. Doctoral dissertation, Tilburg Universty. Abstract.

1998. Temporal Reference from a Radical Pragmatics Perspective: Why Yucatec does not need to express ‘after' and ‘before'. Cognitive Linguistics 9(3): 239-282. Abstract.

1997. Yucatec Mayan lexicalization patterns in time and space. In M. Biemans & J. v.d. Weijer (Eds.), Proceedings of the CLS Opening Academic Year 1997-1998. Tilburg: Center for Language Studies. 73-106. Abstract.

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Semantics and pragmatics

NEW! Under review. Argument realization and discourse status in Yucatec, a purely head-marking language. With T. J. Tilbe. STUF: Language Typology and Universals. Preprint.

NEW! 2016. Demaximizing Grice? Commentary on the target article Probabilistic pragmatics, or why Bayes’ rule is probably important for pragmatics by Michael Franke und Gerhard Jäger. Zeitschrift für Sprachwissenschaft 35(1): 57–68. Preprint.

2015. Deixis. In J. D. Wright (editor-in-chief), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, Vol 6. Oxford: Elsevier. 52–57.

2005. Short review of Löbner, S., Understanding Semantics. Linguistics 43(2): 443-448. Preprint.

2003. NSM without the Strong Lexicalization Hypothesis. (Response to the target article by U. Durst.) Theoretical Linguistics 29(3): 211-222 Preprint.

2000. Where do pragmatic meanings come from? The source of temporal inferences in discourse coherence. In W. Spooren, T. Sanders & C. van Wijk (Eds.), Samenhang in diversiteit. Opstellen voor Leo Noordman [Unity in diversity. Papers presented to Leo Noordman]. Tilburg: Tilburg University. 137-153.

2000. Event order in language and cognition. In H. de Hoop and T. van der Wouden (Eds.), Linguistics in the Netherlands 17. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 1-16. Abstract.

1998. Temporal Reference from a Radical Pragmatics Perspective: Why Yucatec does not need to express ‘after' and ‘before'. Cognitive Linguistics 9(3): 239-282. Abstract.

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Complex syntax

NEW! (Invited Lecture) 2016 Subjunctive mood as non-realization viewpoint aspect in Mayan. 16th Texas Linguistics Society Conference. University of Texas at Austin. Slides.

NEW! (Presentation) 2016 Bipartite indexicals in Yucatec. SULA 9: The Semantics of Underrepresented Languages of the Americas: University of California Santa Cruz. Handout.

In press. Head-marking and agreement: Evidence from Yucatec Maya. With L. K. Butler, & T. F. Jaeger. In A. Latruite & R. Osswald (eds.), Explorations of the syntax-semantics interface. [tba.]

In prep. Accessibility affects word order indirectly: Evidence from Yucatec Maya and Spanish. (With L. Butler and T. F. Jaeger.)

2017. The Macro-Event Property and the Layered Structure of the Clause. With R. D. Van Valin, Jr. Studies in Language. 41(1): 142-197. Preprint.

2010. The Macro-Event Property: The segmentation of causal chains. With N. J. Enfield, J. Essegbey, and S. Kita. In Bohnemeyer, J. and E. Pederson (Eds.), Event representation in language: Encoding events at the language-cognition interface. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 43-67. Abstract. Ms. Preprint.

2010. On representing events. With E. Pederson. In Bohnemeyer, J. and E. Pederson (Eds.), Event representation in language: Encoding events at the language-cognition interface. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1-12.

2009. Linking without grammatical relations in Yucatec: Alignment, extraction, and control. In Y. Nishina, Y. M. Shin, S. Skopeteas, E. Verhoeven, & J. Helmbrecht (Eds.), Issues in functional-typological linguistics and language theory: A Festschrift for Christian Lehmann on the occasion of his 60th birthday. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. 185-214. Abstract. Ms.

1998. Die Stellung sententialer Topics im Yukatekischen. In D. Zaefferer (Ed.), Deskriptive Grammatik und allgemeiner Sprachvergleich [descriptive grammar and general language comparison]. Tübingen: Niemeyer (Linguistische Arbeiten; 383). 55-85.

1994. Zur Onomasiologie der interpropositionalen Relationen [An onomasiological account of interpropositional relations]. Bielefeld: Faculty of Arts, Bielefeld University (AVG working papers; 6).

1993. On the domain of semasiological grammar. Bielefeld: Faculty of Arts, Bielefeld University (AVG working papers; 2).

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Psycholinguistics

In press. Head-marking and agreement: Evidence from Yucatec Maya. With L. K. Butler, & T. F. Jaeger. In A. Latruite & R. Osswald (eds.), Explorations of the syntax-semantics interface. [tba.]

2014. Syntactic constraints and production preferences for optional plural marking in Yucatec Maya. With L. K., Butler and T. F. Jaeger. In A. Machicao y Priemer, A. Nolda, & A. Sioupi (eds.), Zwischen Kern und Peripherie: Untersuchungen zu Randbereichen in Sprache und Grammatik. Berlin: De Gruyter. 181-207.

2014. Order of nominal conjuncts in visual scene description depends on language. With L. K. Butler, T. J. Tilbe, and T. F. Jaeger. Proceedings of the 36th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. Link.

2008. Object to path in Mesoamerica: Semantic composition of locative and motion descriptions in Yucatec Maya and Juchitán Zapotec. With G. Pérez Báez. Memoria del IX Encuentro Internacional De Lingüística En El Noroeste. Vol. 2. Hermosillo: Editorial UniSon. 269-284. Preprint.

2011. Learning to express visual contrasts in the production of referring expressions in Yucatec Maya. With L. K. Butler, F. Jaeger, and K. Furth. In Proceedings of the Workshop on the Production of Referring Expressions (PRE-CogSci 2011). Boston, MA.

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Selected Handouts

NEW! 2016 Reference frames in language and thought: Beyond Mesoamerica. 90th Annual Meeting of the LSA. Washington, DC.Handout.

NEW! 2016 Subjunctive mood as non-realization viewpoint aspect in Mayan. 16th Texas Linguistics Society Conference. University of Texas at Austin. Handout.

NEW! 2016 Cognitive Science 2.0: Language, culture, and the environment shape spatial cognition. Stockholm University.Handout.

NEW! 2016 The effect of topography on language and cognition in Isthmus Zapotec. With R. Moore. Geographic Grounding: Place, direction and landscape in the grammars of the world. Copenhagen.Handout.

NEW! 2016 Bipartite indexicals in Yucatec. SULA 9: The Semantics of underrepresented languages in the Americas. Santa Cruz, CA.Handout.

NEW! 2016 The interplay of language, culture, and environment in spatial reference. Universals and Variation in Spatial Referencing across Language and Cultures. Upham Hotel, Santa Barbara, CA.Handout.

2014 Argument realization in head-marking languages: Evidence from Yucatec. (With T. Tilbe.) International Colloquium on Referentiality. Department of Linguistics, University of Erfurt. Handout.

2013 The linguistic transmission of cognitive practices: Reference frames in Mesoamerica. Language Universals Workshop; Harvard University, Boston, MA. Handout.

2013 Frame of reference use in Mesoamerica in the context of sustained contact with Spanish. (With G. Pérez Báez, J. S. Lovegren, K. T. Donelson, E. Benedicto, A. Capistrán Garza, A. Eggleston, N. Hernández Green, M. Hernández Gómez, C. K. O'Meara, E. Palancar, G. Polian, R. Romero Méndez, and R. E. Tucker.) International Conference on Mesoamerican Linguistics; California State University, Fullerton. Handout.

2013 Reference frames in semantic typology: Their classification and the factors driving their use. Special session on Space and Directionality in Language, Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society, University of California, Berkeley [invited]. Handout.

2013 Reference frames in Mesoamerica: Linguistic and nonlinguistic factors. (With J. S. Lovegren, K. T. Donelson, E. Benedicto, A. Capistrán Garza, A. Eggleston, N. Hernández Green, M. Hernández Gómez, C. K. O'Meara, E. Palancar, G. Pérez Báez, G. Polian, R. Romero Méndez, and R. E. Tucker.) Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America; Boston, MA. Handout.

2012 In search of areal effects in semantic typology: Reference frames in Mesoamerica. (With J. S. Lovegren, K. T. Donelson, E. Benedicto, A. Capistrán Garza, A. Eggleston, N. Hernández Green, M. Hernández Gómez, C. K. O'Meara, E. Palancar, G. Pérez Báez, G. Polian, R. Romero Méndez, and R. E. Tucker.) Workshop on Quantitative Approaches to Areal Linguistic Typology; Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences, Amsterdam. Handout.

2011 A practical epistemology for semantic elicitation: In the field and elsewhere. School of Oriental and Asian Studies, London, UK. Handout.

2011 Temporality: Across languages. Frontiers in linguistics, acquisition and multilingualism studies: Dynamic paradigms. Rolduc, Kerkrade, Netherlands. (invited commentary) Handout.

2011 Whorfian effects are domain-specific. Discourse representation, comprehension and production in cross-linguistic perspective. Center for Advanced Studies, Norwegian Academy of Science, Oslo, Norway. Handout.

2011 A Vector Space Semantics for reference frames in Yucatec. SULA 6: Semantics of under-represented languages in the Americas VI. University of Manchester, Manchester, UK. Handout.

2010 Topsy-turvy: Marcos intrínsecos de referencia y la orientación canónica en el maya yucateco [Intrinsic frames of reference and canonical orientation in Yucatec Maya]. (With R. Tucker.) XI Encuentro Internacional De Lingüística En El Noroeste; Universidad de Sonora, Hermosillo, Mexico. Handout.

2010 Vectors and frames of reference: Evidence from Seri and Yucatec. (With C. O'Meara.) STALDAC 2010: Space and Time across Languages, Disciplines and Cultures. Cambridge, UK. Handout.

2010 Spatial frames of reference in Yucatec: Referential promiscuity and task-specificity. Session "Spatial frames of reference in languages of Mesoamerica"; Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas; Baltimore, MD. Handout.

2010 The grammar of parts and wholes in Yucatec: Volumes, surfaces, and curvature extremes. Workshop "Conceptualization of space: Morphosyntax and semantics of spatial relators" at the 32nd Annual Meeting of the German Linguistics Society (DGfS). Berlin, Germany. Handout.

2010 The macro-event property: The segmentation of motion paths and causal chains. Heinrich Heine Universität Düsseldorf, Germany.2009 Space in semantic typology: The MesoSpace project. Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, Workshop on Grammar, space, and cognition. Albert-Ludwigs Universitaet Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany. Handout.

2009 Meronomia y marcos de referencia: Evidencia a traves del maya yucateco. The Fourth Conference on Indigenous Languages of Latin America. University of Texas, Austin. Handout.

2009 The macro-event property and the LSC. (With R. Van Valin, Jr.) 2009 International Conference on Role and Reference Grammar. University of California, Berkeley. Handout.

2009 The grammar of parts, places, and paths in languages of Mexico. (With R. Romero Méndez, C. O'Meara, and G. Pérez Báez.) SULA 5: Semantics of Under-Represented Languages in the Americas. Harvard University/MIT. Handout.

2009 Path to second language via Conceptual Structure. (With R. Romero Méndez.) Workshop "The Mind-Context Divide"; Iowa City, IA. Handout.

2008 Volumes, surfaces, and extreme points: Meronymy and object-centered geometry in Yucatec Maya. Brown bag lunch talk, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. Handout.

2008 Thinking for speaking: Evidence from the encoding of spatial dispositions in Spanish and Yucatec. Spatial Intelligence and Learning Center, Northwestern University and University of Chicago, Chicago, IL. Handout.

2007 Aspect, temporal anaphora, and tenseless languages: A new Gricean account. SULA 4: Semantics of Under-Represented Languages in the Americas. Universidade de São Paulo; May. Handout.

2007 How to hammer a shirt apart (and talk about it): Unusual instrument-theme configurations and complex predicates across languages. Unusual Events Fest; Stanford, CA: January. (With N. Enfield, J. Essegbey, A. Majid, and M. van Staden.) Handout.

2006 Force Dynamics and the progressive. Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America; Albuquerque, NM; January. (With M. Swift.) Handout.

2005 Gradability and the correct analysis of progressive achievements. Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America; Oakland, CA; January. Handout.

2004 When going means becoming gone: Framing motion as state change in Yukatek. Session "The expression of PATH in the languages of the Americas"; Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas; Boston, MA; January. Handout.

2003 Relative tense vs. aspect: The case reopened. SULA 2: Semantics of Under-Represented Languages in the Americas. Vancouver: March. Handout.

2003 Verb compounding in Yukatek Maya: A complex predicate analysis. Session "Complex predicates in the languages of the Americas"; Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas; Atlanta, GA; January. Handout.

2002 Activity nouns, unaccusativity, and argument marking in Yukatekan. Special Session "Denominal Verbs in the Languages of the Americas"; Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas; San Francisco, CA; January. Handout.

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