My primary research interest is language documentation and description, with a focus on the Valley Zapotec languages (Otomanguean, [zab]) spoken in the Valley of Oaxaca, Mexico. In June of 2018, I began my fieldwork on San Jeronimo Tlacochahuaya Zapotec. Previously (2015-2016), I helped build Talking Dictionaries for three Valley Zapotec languages as part of the Linguistics Field School (NSF REU Site Grant #1461056).
I am committed to community-engaged research and supporting community-oriented language revitalization efforts. I actively engage with indigenous languages on Twitter (@mayhplumb), and in 2016 and 2017 I participated in the Voces del Valle Project to encourage minority language speakers to write their language on Twitter (see #UsaTuVoz).
The third branch of my research focuses on philology and historical linguistics. I am interested in how study of Colonial Zapotec documents can inform our understanding of modern Zapotec languages, and vice versa. I am a collaborator on the Ticha Project, a digital text explorer of Colonial Zapotec documents. Among other projects, I have worked on the digitization of Zapotec manuscripts and the transcription and XML-encoding of Cordova's Arte.
For information about my recent publications, visit the publications page.