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Department of Anthropology

Gabriela Pérez Báez
Gabriela Pérez Báez
 
 

 

Gabriela Pérez Báez

Curator of Linguistics


Division: Ethnology

Area of Specialization:
Mesoamerican linguistics

Phone:
  202-633-0880
Fax:  202-357-2208
E-mail Address: perezbaezg@si.edu

Department of Anthropology Mailing Address

Education:

PhD Linguistics, University at Buffalo SUNY, 2009
MA Linguistics, University at Buffalo SUNY, 2005

Professional Activities:

Co-editor. Spatial frames of reference in languages of Mesoamerica. Language Sciences. Author of one individual article, co-author of one article, co-editor of nine articles, November 2011. Language Sciences, 33(6): 837-1074.

Co-chair, Special Session on 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. January 7-10, 2010.

Research Interests/Profile:

Gabriela has conducted research on Zapotec languages since 2002. She has devoted much of her work to studying factors of language maintenance and endangerment with a focus on the impact of migration in 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. She is heavily engaged in language documentation and is writing a dictionary of Juchitán Zapotec. In addition, Gabriela is engaged in the description of the semantics of spatial language in this variety of Zapotec, and its correlates in cognitive spatial reasoning.

Selected Publications:

In press. Semantics of Body Part Terms in Juchiteco Locative Descriptions. In Expressing Location in Zapotec. Ed. By Lillehaugen, Brook and Aaron Sonnenshein

In review. Determinants of language reproduction and shift in transnational community. To appear in the thematic issue of the International Journal of the Sociology of Language entitled Borders and Language: International Perspectives.

In review. Motivaciones para el uso del marco de referencia relativo en el zapoteco del istmo. Proceedings of the Coloquio sobre Lenguas Otomangues y Vecinas IV Thomas C. Smith-Stark.

Language SciencesPérez Báez, G. 2011. With O’Meara, Carolyn. Spatial frames of reference in Mesoamerican languages. In Spatial frames of reference in languages of Mesoamerica. Ed. By O’Meara, Carolyn and Gabriela Pérez Báez. Language Sciences, 33(6): 837-852.

Pérez Báez, G. 2011. Spatial frames of reference preferences in Juchitán Zapotec. In Spatial frames of reference in languages of Mesoamerica. Ed. By O’Meara, Carolyn and Gabriela Pérez Báez. Language Sciences, 33(6): 943-960.


Pérez Báez, G. 2008. Language shift reversal for a nonstandardized language: San Lucas Quiaviní Zapotec. In CLS 41: The Panels. Proceedings from the Panels of the Forty-first Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society, 41(2). Chicago: The Chicago Linguistic Society

Pérez Báez, G. 2008. Object to path in Mesoamerica: semantic composition of locative and motion descriptions in Yucatec Maya and Juchitán Zapotec. With Jürgen Bohnemeyer. In Memorios del VIII Encuentro Internacional de Lingüística en el Noroeste. Ed. By María del Carmen Morúa. Hermosillo, Sonora: Editorial UniSon.

Pérez Báez, G. 2006. Valoración sociolingüistica de la vitalidad del zapoteco de San Lucas Quiaviní. Memorias del VII Encuentro Internacional de Lingüística en el Noroeste. Ed by María del Carmen Morúa. Hermosillo, Sonora: Editorial UniSon.

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