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This page is maintained by John Foreman.  Currently I am an Assistant Professor of English at Utica College in Upstate New York where I teach composition and linguistics.  My research is concerned primarily with syntax and language documentation with a particular focus on the Zapotec language that was originally spoken in the town of San Pablo Macuiltianguis in Oaxaca, Mexico and which now also has significant speaker populations in Oaxaca City, Mexico City and Southern California.  I have been studying the language since 1998.  I wrote my dissertation, The Morphosyntax of Subjects in Macuiltianguis Zapotec (PhD, UCLA Linguistics, 2006), on Macuiltianguis Zapotec (MacZ) and have presented numerous papers on the language.

For the 2008-2009 academic year, I have been awarded a 12-month fellowship through the Documenting Endangered Languages program, which is administered jointly by the National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  During the fellowship period (August 1, 2008-July 31, 2009), I will be compiling an electronic dictionary of Macuiltianguis Zapotec that will serve as the cornerstone of a community language wiki.  It is a goal of this project to foster participation from the entire language community which has become spread out across two countries and also encourage contribution form other academics interested in Zapotec language and culture.

If you have any questions or comments about MacZ, Macuil, or the blog, I can be contacted at JohnOForeman at gmail dot com.

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