May Helena Plumb (she/her)

I'm a linguist and current graduate 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).

Recent projects:
  • an online "Talking Dictionary" for San Jernónimo Tlacochahuaya Zapotec
  • a modern Tlacochahuaya Zapotec translation of a Colonial Valley Zapotec will (archive deposit)
  • an analysis of resumptive pronouns in Colonial Valley Zapotec relative clauses (conference handout)

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


305 E. 23rd St. STOP B5100
RLP 4.304 Dept of Linguistics
Austin, TX 78712
Office: RLP 4.700E12 (map)
Twitter: @mayhplumb

Formal Bio

May Helena Plumb is a graduate 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.