Mary Jill Brody



Department of Geography and Anthropology

227 Howe/Russell Complex

Louisiana State University

Baton Rouge, LA 70803




Ph.D., Anthropology, Washington University, 1982

M.A., Anthropology, Washington University, 1976

B.A., Anthropology, Ohio University, 1973


Academic Appointment:

Professor, Department of Geography & Anthropology                       


Recent Grants and Fellowships:

2008-9 LA Board of Regents ATLAS grant, Discourse Grammar of Tojolab’al $50,000

2008 (3- 5 years) Fulbright Senior Scholar


Selected Publications:


Brody, M. Jill and John S. Thomas, eds. 1988.  The Tojolab'al Maya: Ethnographic and

Linguistic Approaches.  Geoscience and Man, Volume 26.  Baton Rouge: Geoscience Publications, Louisiana State University.


Articles in journals and books:

in press. “Sticky” Discourse Markers in language contact between unrelated languages: 

Tojolab’al (Mayan) and Spanish, in Typological Profiles and Language Contact, ed. Claudine Chamorou.  Current Issues in Linguistic Theory Series. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Co.

2007 A key metaphor in Tojolab’al Maya, Studia Humanitaria 3(23) 63-66.

2006 “Responsibility in Tojolab’al gossip:  Indirect speech, modal orientation, and metalinguistic terms as used to construct self and other in a moral landscape.” Ketzalcalli 2:2-21.

2006 “Los clíticos modales en el tojolab'al: secuencia, combinación y orientación modal” 

Memoria del VIII Encuentro Internacional de Lingüística del Noroeste. Rosa María Ortiz Ciscomani ed. Universidad de Sonora, México. 359-367

2004 “‘Why was I late?’  ‘I don't know’”: Tojolab'al answers to questions in context.

Proceedings of the Conference on Indigenous Languages of Latin America-I. (12 pages).  

2004 “Comunidad es familia, acuerdo es repetición: relación entre dos metáforas claves

      en tojolab’al” La Metáfora en Mesoamérica, ed. Mercedes Montes de la Oca.

      Seminario de Lenguas Indígenas, Instituto de Investigaciones Filológicas,

      Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, D.F., pgs. 63-80.

2003 An Anthropological Perspective on (Language-and-) Culture in the Second-

Language Curriculum,  Culture as the Core: Perspectives on Culture in Second Language Education. Dale L. Lange and  R. Michael Paige, eds. Research in Second Language   Learning Series. Greenwich, Connecticut: Information Age Publishing, pgs. 37-51.

2003 *CA Commentary on “The Meanings of Interjections in Q’eqchi Maya: From

      emotive reaction to social and discursive action” by Paul Kockelman. Current

      Anthropology 44(4):479-80.

2001 “From Conquistadores to Zapatistas:  Language Contact and Change in Tojolab'al

      Southwest Journal of Linguistics 20(2):1-17.

2001 “Orientación en espacio, tiempo y cultura tojolab’al por medio de plática,”          Tlalócan13:119-168.

2000 “Co-construction in Tojolab'al conversational narratives:  Translating cycles,

      quotes, evaluations, evidentials and emotions,” In Translating Native Latin American

      Verbal Art: Ethnopoetics and Ethnography of Speaking, Kay Sammons, and Joel

      Sherzer, eds. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press. Smithsonian Series of

      Studies in Native American Literatures pgs. 86-103.

2000 “spatilab'il sk'ujol ‘tell them “hey” for me’: Traditional Mayan speech genre goes

multimedia. Texas Linguistic Forum 43:1-14, Proceedings of the Seventh Annual Symposium About Language and Society-Austin. Austin: Department of Linguistics, University of Texas.

2000 CA* Commentary on S. Houston, J. Robertson and D. Stuart, “Language of Classic

      Maya transcription,” Current Anthropology 41(3):138-9.

1998 “On hispanisims in elicitation.” In Convergencia e Individualidad: Las Lenguas

      Mayas Entre Hispanización E Indigenismo.  Andreas Koechert and Thomas Stoltz,

      eds. (Colección Americana No. 7, Universität Bremen) Verlag für Ethnologie:

      Hannover and Guatemala City, pgs. 61-84.

1996 “Competition as cooperation:  Tojolab'al Maya women's barter,” Proceedings of the

      Fourth Berkeley Women and Language Conference, Natasha Warner et al. eds.

      Berkeley Women and Language Group, Berkeley, CA. pgs. 99-108.

1996 “Descriptive (structural) linguistics.” Encyclopedia of Cultural Anthropology,

      David Levinson and Melvin Ember, eds. New York: Henry Holt and Co., pgs. 323-


1995 “Lending the ‘unborrowable’: Spanish discourse markers in Indigenous American

languages,” In  Spanish in Four Continents: Studies in Language Contact and Bilingualism, Carmen Silva-Corvalán, ed. Washington, D.C.:  Georgetown University Press, pgs. 132-147.

1994 Multiple repetitions in Tojolab'al conversation. In Repetitions in Discourse, Vol. II, 

      Barbara Johnstone, ed. Norwood, NJ: Ablex, pgs. 3-14.

1993 “Mayan conversation as interaction,” Texas Linguistics Forum 33:234-43.

      Proceedings of the First Annual Symposium about Language and Society - Austin. 

      Robin Queen and Rusty Barrett, eds. Austin: Department of Linguistics, University of


1991 “Indirection in the negotiation of self in everyday Tojolab'al women's conversation. 

      Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 1(1):78-96.

1991 “Diálogo en el discurso maya,” Winak 6:17-30.

1990 “El realce en Tojolab'al,” In Lecturas Sobre la Lingüística Maya, Nora C. England

      and Stephen R. Elliott, eds.  La Antigua, Guatemala:  Centro de Investigaciones

      Regionales de Mesoamérica, pgs. 461-472.

1990 “Alfabetización y la tradición oral:  un ejemplo del maya tojolab'al,” Tlalócan


1989 “Discourse markers in Tojolab'al Mayan,” Chicago Linguistic Society Parasession

      on Language in Context. Bradley Music, Randolph Graczyk and Caroline Wiltshire,

      eds, Chicago: Chicago Linguistic Society, pgs. 15-29.

1988 “Incipient literacy:  From involvement to integration in Tojolab'al Maya.” Oral

      Tradition 3: 315-352.

1988 “Discourse genres in Tojolab'al,” In The Tojolab'al Maya:  Ethnographic and

      Linguistic Approaches.  M. Jill Brody and John S. Thomas, eds.  Geoscience and

      Man.  Volume 26. Baton Rouge:  Geoscience Publications, Louisiana State

      University, pgs. 55-62.

1988 Thomas, John S. and Jill Brody. “The Tojolab'al Maya:  Ethnographic and linguistic

approaches.”  In The Tojolab'al Maya:  Ethnographic and Linguistic Approaches.  M. Jill Brody and John S. Thomas, eds.  Geoscience and Man.  Volume 26.  Baton Rouge:  Geoscience Publications, Louisiana State University,  pgs. 1-8.

1987 “Particles borrowed from Spanish as discourse markers in Mayan languages.” 

      Anthropological Linguistics 29:507-21.

1987 “Creation that endured:  Three Tojolab'al texts on origin.  Latin American Indian

      Literatures Journal 3(1):39-58.

1987 “Particles in Tojolab'al Mayan discourse.  Kansas Working Papers in Linguistics


1987  Bryant, Douglas and Jill Brody. “The ethnoarcheology of pottery manufacture in

       Amatenango, Chiapas, Mexico.”  Cerámica de la Cultura Maya 14:75-86.

1986  Repetition as a rhetorical and conversational device in Tojolab'al (Mayan). 

      International Journal of American Lin­guistics 52(3):255-274.

1984  Some problems with the concept of basic word order.” Linguistics 22:711-736. 

1984 “Cleft in Tojolab'al Maya:  Structure and discourse function.”  Journal of Mayan

      Linguistics 4(2):67-93.

1983 Brody, Jill and Leonardo Sántis Gómez. “Dos cuentos Tojolab'ales.  In Los

Legítimos Hombres:  Aproximación Antropológica al Grupo Tojolab'al, Volume III.  Mario H. Ruz, ed.  México: Centro de Estudios Mayas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, pgs. 115-42.

1978 “To have and to hold:  Gapping in Tojolab'al.”  In Papers in Mayan Linguistics. 

Nora C. England, ed. University of Missouri Publications in Anthropology, Number Six; Studies in Mayan Linguistics, Number Two.  Columbia, Mo.Museum of Anthropology, pp. 196-202.