Jaime Pérez González

Assistant Professor


Morphology, syntax, lexical semantics, lexicography, typology, language documentation, language revitalization, language maintenance, language work methodologies, with special emphasis on Mayan languages.


2021 Ph.D. in Linguistics at the University of Texas, Austin, Texas, USA.
2012 MA in Linguistics at the Centro de Investigaciones y Estudios Superiores en Antropología Social, México-San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico.
2009 BA. in Hispanic language and literatures at the Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo, Morelia, Michoacán, Mexico.


As a morpho-syntactician, I study word formation and I am especially interested in the interface between morphology, syntax and semantics in human languages. I look at functional factors that shape the use of certain morphological constructions in agglutinative languages. Speakers activate these different domains when using their language, so there must be abstract and formal principles that determine how these patterns are represented in their minds. I investigate these topics in lesser-studied languages, with focus on Mayan languages and Miskitu (Misumalpan language spoken in Nicaragua and Honduras).


Descriptive grammar of Mocho’ (Mayan)
Documentation of Mocho’ (Mayan): Language Preservation through Community Awareness and Engagement (https://www.elararchive.org/dk0463)
Tseltal keyboard


Under review: Aspect in Mocho’ (Mayan)
Pérez González, Jaime. 2021. “The ethical principles of linguistic field work methodologies. According to whom?” [Translated from Spanish by James B. Tandy and Paige Erin Wheeler.] In Cruz, Emiliana. (Ed.) Theoretical reflections around the role of fieldwork in linguistics and linguistic anthropology: Contributions of indigenous researchers from southern Mexico. Language Documentation & Conservation Special Publication No. 23, 131-152. Honolulu: University of Hawai'i Press. http://nflrc.hawaii.edu/ldc/sp23/ (accessed on September 27, 2021) 
Pérez González, Jaime. 2020. “Los principios éticos de las metodologías en el trabajo de campo lingüístico según quién” in Reflexiones teóricas en torno a la función del trabajo de campo en lingüística-antropológica: Contribuciones de investigadores indígenas del sur de México ed. por Emiliana Cruz Cruz, Language Documentation & Conservation Special Publication No. 22, 125-149. http://nflrc.hawaii.edu/ldc/sp22/ (accessed on September 20, 2021).
Pérez González, Jaime. 2021. Review of the book Unwriting Maya Literature: Ts'íib as Recorded Knowledge, by Paul M. Worley and Rita M. Palacios. Native American and Indigenous Studies 8(2), 178-179. September 2021. Trilingual book review: Tseltal- Spanish-English: https://www.muse.jhu.edu/article/804040 (accessed Sept. 27, 2021). 
Arellanes Arellanes, Francisco and Jaime Pérez González. 2016. El conejo y el coyote: cuento tradicional tseltalI. National Autonomous University of Mexico. Bilingual publication: Tseltal-Spanish.