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  • May 13, 2011
  • 06:59 PM

Rescuing ancient languages: Linguists labor to unravel endangered Mayan tongues

Colleen Walsh / Harvard Gazette
In May and again in June, Mateo and other members of the linguistics lab will visit Mexico and Guatemala to gather data on the grammar and the architecture of the languages Ch’ol, Chuj, and Q’anjob’al. Expert linguists like Polinsky and her team explore language design and structure in an effort in part to understand how and why certain languages vary greatly but also resemble each other.

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