UCSD Anthropology Department  

John B. Haviland

Haviland's current major research project, funded by NSF grants #BCS-0935407, ("Acquisition of Zinacantec Family Homesign in the Only Second Generation Speaker") and #BCS-1053089 (“Zinacantec Family Home Sign: Structure and Socialization in the First and Second Generations of a Spontaneous Emerging Sign Language”), administered by UCSD's Center for Research on Language (CRL), involves documentation and analysis of a first generation spontaneous sign language, developed by three profoundly deaf siblings in Zinacantán, Chiapas, Mexico, and their family members, most crucially focused in the first year on a two-year-old child growing up bilingual in Tzotzil [Mayan] and sign. (Haviland's Sandrizona presentation on this project in Tucson, February 19 2011 can be viewed here.)

Research among speakers of Amuzgo (Otomanguean) continues in San Pedro Amuzgos, Oaxaca, Mexico, and Oceanside, California.

Ongoing work in Zinacantán, Chiapas, involves a collection of essays on long-term linguistic anthropological fieldwork, tentatively entitled "Intimate Language."

Work continues on the changing nature of Guugu Yimithirr language at the Hopevale Aboriginal community in north Queensland, Australia, and a project to repatriate field materials to that community.