May Helena Plumb (she/her)

I'm a linguist and current PhD student at the University of Texas at Austin. My research focuses on San Jernónimo Tlacochahuaya Zapotec, a variety of Tlacolula Valley Zapotec (Otomanguean, [zab]) spoken in Oaxaca, Mexico. I'm particularly interested in how study of Colonial Valley Zapotec documents can inform our understanding of the modern languages (and vice versa).

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In addition to linguistics, I enjoy dancing, baking, and needlecrafts (particularly embroidery and knitting). I also tweet a lot and read fantasy novels.

I would like to acknowledge that I live on the ancestral territory of the Comanche, Tonkawa, and Sana peoples. I further acknowledge the Abenaki people, on whose lands I grew up. Many nations have stewarded this land across generations; we should take time to honor their cultures, their histories, and their present experiences. I recommend reading An Indigneous People's History of the United States.


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Austin, TX 78712
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Twitter: @mayhplumb

Formal Bio

May Helena Plumb is a PhD student in linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin. May's research focuses on the documentation and description of Zapotec languages and the linguistic analysis of Colonial Zapotec documents. She is an NSF Graduate Research Fellow and a Donald D. Harrington Graduate Fellow. Her research has been published in the International Journal of American Linguistics.