Fieldnotes Podcast: Jaime Pérez González on Tseltal and Mocho’

New fieldnotes podcast from @msatokotsubi! This one is about Jaime Pérez González and his work as an “insider” on his own language, Tseltal, and as an “outsider” on another language, Mocho’. Super interesting as always!

Here’s the description:

Jaime Pérez González is a Tseltal (Maya) researcher, writer, and translator from Tenango, Ocosingo, Chiapas, Mexico. He is a PhD candidate in Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin. He earned his master’s in American-Indian Linguistics at the Center for Research and Higher Studies in Social Anthropology (CIESAS, Mexico).

Since 2008, he has worked on different Tseltal language documentation projects as a collaborator and as a research assistant, and as a researcher. Among the topics he has worked on during these projects are Dialectology and Lexicography (building dictionaries). He started to work on Mocho’ (a cousin Mayan language) in 2015, and he is currently the Principal Investigator of the project “Documentation of Mocho’ (Mayan): Language Preservation through Community Awareness and Engagement” sponsored by the Endangered Language Documentation Programme (ELDP). His research goes from Descriptive Linguistics, Language Documentation and Language revitalization. He has written about fieldwork methodologies, and he is currently working on a Descriptive Grammar of Mocho’.

Things mentioned in this episode:
• Tseltal language
• Mochoʼ language
• Yucatec Maya language
• Quechua language family
• Mayan language family
• Jaime’s ELAR deposit: Documentation of Mocho’ (Mayan): Language Preservation through Community Awareness and Engagement
• Jaime’s Academia page
• Mocho’ materials at AILLA