Hi! I'm Olivier Le Guen

Anthropologist & Linguist (CIESAS, Mexico City)

I work on Yucatec Maya & Yucatec Maya Sign Language

Publications and Talks

Under review & in press Papers


* Le Guen O. (forthcoming) “Emerging sign languages of Mesoamerica” in Søren Wichmann (ed.) The Languages and Linguistics of Middle and Central America: A Comprehensive Guide, from the series The World of Linguistics, De Gruyter Mouton
* Le Guen O. (in press) Una concepción del tiempo no-lineal en dos lenguas: el maya yucateco colonial y actual y la lengua de señas maya yucateca. Journal de la Société de Américanistes
* Le Guen, O. (in press) Managing epistemicity among the Yucatec Mayas (Mexico) in Metacognitive diversity: An interdisciplinary approach Joëlle Proust and Martin Fortier (Eds.)
* Le Guen O. (under review) The language of perception in Yucatec Maya. Manuscrit of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
* Le Guen O. (under review) La importancia de la gestualidad en el estudio del maya yucateco actual


Journal articles & Book chapters

* Le Guen O. (2017) Existe t-il des émotions en maya yucatèque? Nicole Tersis & P. Boyeldieu (eds.) Le Langage de l'émotion: Variations linguistiques et culturelles. Société d'Études Linguistiques et Anthropologiques de France, 469. Peeters Publishers, pp 301-322 [PDF] [Researchgate.net]
* Le Guen, O., Samland, J., Friedrich, T., Hanus D., & P. Brown (2015) Making sense of (exceptional) causal relations. A cross-cultural and crosslinguistic study, Frontiers in Psychology[Researchgate.net] [Journal]
* Le Guen O. (2015) Prólogo in Margarito Molina (ed.) Cambios y permanencias en las lenguas mayenses. Premio regional Ensayo Social Alfonso Villa Rojas. Consejos Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, pp. 9-16 [PDF] [Reasearchgate.net]
* Pool Balam, L. & O. Le Guen (2015) La integración de préstamos en maya yucateco. Una perspectiva interaccional acompañada de una reflexión sobre la ideología del lenguaje. in Amerindia 37(2) [PDF] [Reasearchgate.net]
* Le Guen, O. (2015) Temperature terms and their meaning in Yucatec Maya, Mexico in Maria Koptjevskaja-Tamm (ed.), The linguistics of temperature, John Benjamins Publishing Company (Typological Studies in Language, xii - 107), pp. 742–775 [PDF] [Reasearchgate.net]
* Le Guen, O. (2014) Expressive morphology in Yucatec Maya in Jean-Léo Léonard & Alain Khim (eds.) Patterns in Mesoamerican morphology. Paris, M. Houdiard, 2014, pp. 178-211 [PDF] [Reasearchgate.net]
* Le Guen, O. (2014) Experiencia de campo entre dos comunidades de habla en la península de Yucatán: entre hablantes de maya yucateco y señantes de la lengua de señas maya yucateca, Rutas de Campo (2) (abril-junio), pp. 35-54 [PDF] [Researchgate.net]
* Le Guen, O. (2014) Experiencia de campo entre dos comunidades de habla en la península de Yucatán: entre hablantes de maya yucateco y señantes de la lengua de señas maya yucateca, in B. Granados (comp.) Manual de Experiencia en trabajo de campo (Proyecto PAPIME PE401317), Laboratorio de materiales orales, pp. 1-33
* Proyecto Lengua de Señas Maya Yucateca (2014) Vocabulario en línea del la LSMY de Nohkop y Chicán: http://ymslproject.org/
* Le Guen, O. (2014) La documentación de una nueva lengua indígena en Yucatán: La lengua de señas maya yucateca, ICHAN marzo 283 [PDF]
* Le Guen, O., Iliev, R., Lois X., Atran, S. y D. Medin (2013) A Garden Experiment Revisited: Inter-generational Change in Environmental Perception and Management of the Maya Lowlands, Guatemala. Journal of the Royal Antrhopological Institute (19)4, pp. 771-794 [PDF] [Reasearchgate.net]]
* Le Guen, O. (2013) La concepción no lineal y cíclica del tiempo en el maya yucateco. Editorial del ICHAN Tecolotl, 23(274), pp. 3–5. [PDF]
* de Pierrebourg F., Arnauld M-C., Figuerola H., Hoppan J.M., Le Guen  O. y P. Petrich (2012) L’habitation maya. Espaces, frontières et quelques lieux de passage, Ateliers d'anthropologie (37) [PDF] [Reasearchgate.net]
* Le Guen O. (2012) The place of supernatural entities in Yucatec Maya daily life and socialization, Maya daily life. 13th EMC proceedings, Verlag Anton Saurwein., Acta MesoAmericana (volume n° 21) [PDF] [Reasearchgate.net]
* Le Guen O. (2012) Exploration in the domain of time: from Yucatec Maya time gestures to Yucatec Maya Sign Language time signs in Zeshan U. & De Vos C. (eds) Endangered sign languages in village communities: anthropological and linguisitic insights. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter & Ishara Press [PDF] [Reasearchgate.net]
* Le Guen O. y Pool Balam L.I. (2012) No metaphorical timeline in gesture and cognition among Yucatec Mayas. Frontiers in cultural Psychology (3)271 [PDF] [Reasearchgate.net]
* Le Guen, O. (2012) Ideophones in Yucatec Maya. Proceedings of the CILLA V conference, Austin, Texas [PDF] [Reasearchgate.net]
* Le Guen, O. (2012) Cognitive anthropological fieldwork: cross-disciplinary perspectives on Yucatec Maya culture and cognition. Topics in Cognitive Science [PDF] [Reasearchgate.net]
* Sauter, D. A., Le Guen, O. & Haun, D. B. M. (2011) Categorical perception of emotional facial expressions does not require lexical categories. Emotion, 11(6), pp. 1479-83 [PDF] [Reasearchgate.net]
* Le Guen, O. (2011) Modes of pointing to existing spaces and the use of frames of reference. Gesture (11)3, pp. 271-307 [PDF] [Reasearchgate.net]
* Le Guen, O. (2011) Speech and gesture in spatial cognition among the Yucatec Mayas. Cognitive Science (35)5, pp. 905–938 [PDF] [Reasearchgate.net]
* Le Guen O. (2011) Review of the book New perspectives on endangered languages (Flores Farfán & Ramallo, Eds.). International Journal of the Sociology of Language (212), pp. 181-187 [PDF] [Reasearchgate.net]
* Le Guen O. (2011) Materiality vs. expressivity: The use of sensory vocabulary in Yucatec Maya. Senses and Society (6)1, pp. 117-125 [PDF] [Reasearchgate.net]
* Vapnarsky V. & O. Le Guen (2011) The guardians of space: understanding ecological and historical relations of the contemporary Yucatec Mayas to their landscape, Isendahl, C. & B. Liljefors Persson (eds.) Ecology, Power, and Religion in Maya Landscapes. 11th European Maya Conference, Verlag publication [PDF] [Reasearchgate.net]
* Petrich, P., R. Piedrasanta, H. Figuerola y O. Le Guen (2010) Variantes y variaciones en la percepción de los antepasados entre los mayas, in Figuras mayas de la diversidad, Monod Becquelin, A., Breton, A. y M. H. Ruz (eds), UNAM, pp. 255-275 [PDF] [Reasearchgate.net]
* Le Guen O. (2009) Ubèel pixan: El camino de las almas entre los Mayas Yucatecos de Quintana Roo. Peninsula (3)-1, pp. 83-120 [PDF] [Reasearchgate.net]
* Le Guen O. (2009) Geocentric Gestural Deixis among Yucatecan Maya (Quintana Roo, México), in 18th IACCP Book of Selected Congress Papers, Pedio Books Publishing, Athens, Greece, pp. 123-136 [PDF] [Reasearchgate.net]
* Le Guen, O. (2009) The ethnography of emotions: a field worker's guide, in Asifa Majid (ed.), Field Manual Volume 12, Nijmegen: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, pp. 31-34 [MPI Website]
* Le Guen, O., Gunter S. & M. Sicoli (2008) Language of perception: views from anthropology. In Asifa Majid (ed.), Field Manual Volume 11, Nijmegen: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, pp. 29-36 [MPI Website]
* Le Guen O. (2005) Geografía de lo sagrado entre los Mayas Yucatecos de Quintana Roo: configuración del espacio y su aprendizaje entre los niños. Ketzalcalli (1), pp. 54-68 [PDF] [Reasearchgate.net] [Journal]
* Andrieu C., Figuerola H., Jacquemot E., Le Guen O., Roullet J. & C. Salès (2005) Parfum de Rose, odeur de sainteté. Un sermon tzeltal sur la première sainte des Amériques. Atelier (29), pp.11-67 [Reasearchgate.net] [Journal]
* Colazo-Simon A., Geslin S. & E. Reyes (coll. O. Le Guen) (2005) Les reconstructions de la vie de Jésus-Christ en aire maya : Deux parcours miraculeux recueillis chez les Tzeltal et les Yucatèques (Mexique). Atelier (29), pp. 69-182 [Reasearchgate.net] [Journal]
* Le Guen O. (2003) Quand les morts reviennent, réflexion sur l'ancestralité chez les Mayas des Basses Terres. Journal des Américanistes (89)2, pp. 171-205 [PDF] [Reasearchgate.net] [Journal]

Conferences & Talks


- Le Guen O. (2017) Bix ujeelpaja’ le maayao’ ¿Por qué el maya (yucateco) es diferente? Implicaciones para procesos de traducción, enseñanza y documentación (Conferencia magistral), 1er Coloquio de Jóvenes Investigadores, Universidad de Oriente, January 19-20, Valladolid, Yucatán
- Le Guen O. (2016) Hacia la raíz del maya. La importancia de entender rasgos lingüísticos para la preservación y el fortalecimiento del la lengua maya yucateca, Aproximaciones diacrónicas al maya y el español en la Península de Yucatán, Festival Internacional de la Cultura Maya, October 20-21, Mérida, Yucatán, México
- Le Guen O. (2016) Taller: Acercamiento a la lengua maya desde la lingüística, 3r Encuentro Peninsular: Cosmogonia, Tradiciones y Costumbres de la Enseñanza de la Lengua, Universidad Intercultural Maya de Quintana Roo, October 10, José María Morelos, Q.Roo, Mexico
- Le Guen O. & R. Petatillo Balam (2016) Metacognition among Yucatec Maya children, Dividnorm workshop, April 31 – June 1, Paris, France
- Le Guen O. (2016) Del arux al duende. Ecología, religión, cognición y cambio cultural entre tres grupos mayas de las tierras bajas, 10 congreso internacional de mayistas, July 26 – August 1, Izamal, Yucatán, Mexico
- Le Guen O. (2016) Paths of lexicalization from Yucatec Maya co-speech gestures to Yucatec Maya Sign Language signs - Panel: From co-speech gesture to sign. Cases of sign language creation in Middle and South America (Olivier Le Guen, organizer), 7th Conference of the International Society for Gesture Studies (ISGS 7), Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3, July 18, Paris, France
- Le Guen O. (2016) Why are Yucatec Mayas good at inventing sign languages? From multimodal interaction to Yucatec Maya Sign Languages, Lünd University – Linguistics dept. talk May 5, Lünd, Sweden
- Le Guen O. (2016) Multimodal interaction among the Yucatec Mayas as a basis for the creation of similar varieties of Yucatec Maya Sign Languages, Stockholm University, Högre seminarium, May 03, Stockholm, Sweden
- Le Guen O. (2016) A linguistic-anthropological approach to epistemicity among the Yucatec Mayas, Annual Meeting of the Society for Applied Anthropology, Society for Applied Anthropology (SfAA), March 3 – April 4, Vancouver, Canada
- Safar J. y O. Le Guen (2016) Intergenerational evolution of the use of signing space in Yucatec Maya Sign Language. Theoretical Issues in Sign Language Research (TISLR) 12. January 5, Melbourne, Australia
- Le Guen O. (2015) La integración de los préstamos en maya yucateco: una visión lingüística y una reflexión sobre la ideología lingüística, II Coloquio UNAM en la Península “el maya: entre la variación y la estandarización”, 3 - 5 de noviembre, Mérida, Yucatán, México
- Le Guen O. (2015) A linguistic anthropological approach to epistemicity, Example from Yucatec Maya, Cultural diversity in social learning, October 8th, Ohio State University, Colombus, USA
- Le Guen O. (2015) Introducción y presentación del coloquio, Primer Coloquio Lenguas de Señas Emergentes en las Américas, 10 y 11 de septiembre, CIESAS, México D.F.
- Le Guen O. (2015) La documentation de la langue des signes maya yucatèque, Laboratoire Structures formelles du langage, Uni. of Paris 8, France
- Le Guen O. & J. Machault (2015) La invención de la mitología maya por los investigadores. El ejemplo de las traducciones del Chilam Balam ,V Congreso Internacional Mitos Prehispánicos en la Literatura Latinoamericana. Reflejos del pasado: visiones multidisciplinarias. 4 - 7 de noviembre, ENES Morelia, México.
- Machault J & O. Le Guen (2015) Estructura y retórica de una profecía del Chilam Balam de Chumayel, V Congreso Internacional Mitos Prehispánicos en la Literatura Latinoamericana. Reflejos del pasado: visiones multidisciplinarias. 4 - 7 de noviembre, ENES Morelia, México.
- Le Guen O. (2014) A new Mesoamerican language: the Yuctec Maya sign Language, CILLA VI, October 25, Austin Texas, USA
- Le Guen O., Kinil Canche R., Petatillo Balam, R., Petatillo Chan, R. & L.I. Pool Balam (2014) La lengua de señas maya yucateca. Una nueva lengua en Mesoamérica, Tercer Seminario Internacional de Lenguas Indígenas-INALI, Octubre 24, Mérida, Yuc., Mexico
- Le Guen O. (2014) Analyse multimodale du langage spatial chez les mayas yucatèques (Mexique), seminaire du LACITO, October 3, Paris, France
- Le Guen O. (2014) Une conception géocentrique de l’espace chez les Mayas yucatèques. Langage, cognition et gestualité, SPaCCE (2): Des Expressions Spatiales  à leurs Paramètres Culturels et Environnementaux, september 26, Toulouse, France
- Le Guen O. (2014) Managing epistemicity in everyday Mayan interactions, Metacognitive diversity: An interdisciplinary approach, september 25, Institut Jean Nicod, Paris, France
- Le Guen, O. (2014) La poética cotidiana del maaya t'aan. El uso de la morfología expresiva en maya yucateco, Primer coloquio Internacionla de Poéticas de la Oralidad, ENES-UNAM, June 4, Morelia, Mexico
- Le Guen O. (2013) Hacer un trabajo de campo interdisciplinar: diferentes metodologías, varios tipos de datos, Seminario ENES, UNAM Morelia, Mexico
- Le Guen O. (2013) Paths of lexicalization and grammaticalization of gestures into a new sign language, Susan Goldin Meadow’s Lab, Nov. 22nd 2013, Chicago, IL, EEUU
- Le Guen O. (2013) A Garden Experiment Revisited: Inter-Generational Change in Environmental Perception and Management of the Maya Lowlands, Guatemala, 112th American Anthropological Association Meetings, November 21, Chicago, IL, EEUU
- Le Guen O. (2013) A new Mesoamerican language: The Yucatec Maya Sign Language, CILLA VI, October 25, Austin Texas, EEUU
-Le Guen O. (2013) La conceptualización del tiempo entre los mayas yucatecos actuales: aproximación desde los gestos y la psicolingüística, Seminario permanente de lingüística antropológica del CIESAS, March 13, Mexico D.F., Mexico
-Le Guen O., P. Brown, T. Friedrich, D. Hanus, J. Samland & C. Topp (2013) Exploring the Cultural Constitution of (Causal) Cognition: Theoretical Foundations and Empirical Approaches, April 12, Bielefeld, ZiF, Alemania
- Le Guen (2013) When chance is already written... A preliminary description of Yucatec Maya causal cognition and the concept of chance, SASci meeting, February 23, Mobile, EEUU
- Le Guen (2012) Un primer acercamiento a la(s) lengua(s) de señas maya(s) de Yucatán. Seminario Permanente para el Fortalecimiento Institucional del INALI. 23 enero 2013, México D.F.
- Le Guen (2012) Construir un corpus lingüístico de interacciones multimodales y de datos experimentales, Primer Coloquio sobre Documentación y Archivos de Lenguas, 21 noviembre, ENAH, México D.F.
Le Guen (2012) Evolución intergeneracional del sistema pronominal en el lenguaje de señas maya yucateco (YMSL), XII Encuentro Internacional de Lingüística en el Noroeste, 14 noviembre, Hermosillo, Mexico
Le Guen (2012) Intergenerational evolution of pronominal system in a new language: the Yucatec Maya Sign Language, EuroBABEL workshop Rural signing varieties: social dynamics and linguistic structure, 7 noviembre, Leiden, Holanda
Le Guen (2012) L'importance de la gestualité dans les interactions mayas yucatèques : nouvelles perspectives pour les représentations de l'espace et du temps, seminario GERM-EREA, 29 octubre, LESC, Paris, Francia
- Le Guen (2012) La importancia de los gestos en el estudio del maya yucateco actual, Primer coloquio internacional de estudios de maya yucateco, 5 octubre, Colegio de México, México D.F.
- Tenbrink, T. &O. Le Guen (2012) Spatial reference frames in language and gestures. Cognitive Summer Seminar, 10-11 junio, Oslo, Noruega
- Le Guen (2012) El uso de video en lingüística y en antropología, Seminario de la INAH, 29 febrero, México D.F.
- Le Guen, O. (2011) An overview of Yucatec Maya Sign Language and its origins, Nijmegen Gesture Center, MPI Nijmegen, December 2, The Netherlands
- Le Guen, O. (2011) Do emergent languages get created from scratch? The case of Yucatec Maya Sign Language and its sociolinguistic setting, Ethnology Colloquium, Hamburg University, November 15, Hamburg, Germany
- Le Guen, O. (2011) Ideophones in Yucatec Maya, CILLA V, October 7, Austin Texas, USA
- Le Guen, O. (2011) The conception of space and time among the Yucatec Maya (Mexico): Insights from gesture, Panel 'Space (and Time) for Culture', 33rd annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, July 22, Boston, USA
- Le Guen, O. & L. Pool Balam (2011) Expressive morphology in Yucatec Maya, February 1, Meso-American Inflectional Morphology (MAM), Paris, France
- Le Guen O. (2010) The semantic dimensions of emotion terms. A model and some examples from Yucatec Maya, Affect and Interaction Workshop, December 10, MPI, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
- Le Guen O. (2010) Existe t-il des émotions en Maya yucatèque? Une analyse sémantique des termes émotionnels en Maya yucatèque, December 7, Séminaire Typologie de l'expression des émotions : syntaxe et sémantique-CNRS, Paris, France
- Le Guen O. (2011) Handling Frames of Reference: the co-dependence of speech and gesture in spatial cognition among the Yucatec Mayas, September 22, SASci Meeting, Pilsen, Czech Rep.
- Le Guen O. (2010) Multimodalidad y expresividad en maya yucateco: el uso de las palabras expresivas en el discurso cotidiano, August 24, CIESAS-Sureste, Mexico
- Le Guen O. (2010) Manipular los marcos de referencia, August 23, CIESAS-Sureste, Mexico
- Le Guen O. (2010) La concepción del espacio y del tiempo entre los mayas yucatecos: Una aproximación lingüística-antropológica a través el análisis de los gestos co-verbales, August 20, CIESAS DF, Mexico
- Le Guen O. (2010) Temperature terms and their meaning in Yucatec Maya, Workshop on Linguistics and Temperature, March 19-20, Stockholm, Sweden
- Le Guen O., et al. (2010) A Garden Experiment Revisited: Inter-generational Changes in the Sacred and the Profane in Petén, Guatemala, Society for Anthropology of Science meeting, February 17-20, Albuquerque, NM, USA
- Le Guen O. (2009) “Understanding geocentric gestures”, Goldin-Meadow Lab., December 8, Chicago University, Chicago, USA
- Le Guen O. (2009) Senses, language and perception: The hidden grammar of Yucatec Maya, panel on The senses in language and culture, 108th American Anthropological Association Meetings, December 2-6, Philadelphia, USA
- Brown P., Le Guen O. and M. Sicoli (2009) Dialogic repetition in Tzeltal, Yucatec, and Zapotec conversation, July 17, SSILA Summer Conference, Berkeley, USA
- Le Guen O. (2009) Geocentricity and indexicality in Yucatec Gestural deixis, Nijmegen Gesture Center, April 28, MPI, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
- Le Guen O. (with the coll. of L. Pool Balam) (2009) The Wheels of Time: Time, Space and Cyclicity Among the Yucatec Maya presented at the Time in Space workshop, April 14-15,
- Sauter D. and O. Le Guen (2009) Emotion debate: Are there universal emotion categories?, Language of Perception Group Meeting, April 9, MPI, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
- Le Guen O. (2009) The way he fell. Ideophones and Sound Symbolism in Yucatec Maya, Universal Sound Symbolism Workshop, February 26-27, MPI, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
- Le Guen. O. (2008) The place of Supernatural Entities in Maya daily life and socialization, 13th European Maya Conferences, December 5th, Paris, France
- Le Guen, O. (2008) Indexicality and geocentric space, Geocentric Workshop, June 10, MPI, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Le Guen, O. et L. Pool Balam (2008) The emotional world of the Yucatec Maya, Lab. presentation, June 12, MPI, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
- Le Guen. O. (2008) The ritual instantiation of space, SAHI (Slovak Archaeological and Historical Institute), May 13, Bratislava, Slovak Republic (Invited by Prof. Milan Kovac)
- Le Guen. O. (2008) The knowledge transmission and distribution concerning Supernatural Entities in three Maya groups, Slovak Association for the Study of Religion, May 12, Bratislava, Slovak Republic (Invited by Prof. Milan Kovac)
- Le Guen. O. (2008) Religion, écologie et changement culturel: Analyse des processus de transmission et de distribution du savoir relatif aux entités surnaturelles dans trois groupes mayas, Séminaire d’Anthropologie Américaniste, EREA, LAS, & CERMA, Paris, March 28, Paris, France
- Piedrasanta R., Le Guen O., Figuerola H. and P. Petrich (2007) Variantes y variables en la percepción de los antepasados entre los mayas, Colloque Variantes et variations en pays maya, December 10-12th, Paris, France
- Le Guen O. (2007) La instanciación ritual del espacio, VII Congreso Internacional de Mayistas, July 10, Mérida, Yucatán, México
- Le Guen O. (2007) Cognitive Anthropology Fieldwork: Studying Spatial Cognition among the Yucatec Maya in México, Annual Midwest Conference on Culture, Language, and Cognition, May 12, Evanston, USA
- Le Guen O. (2007) Cognition and Gender in Cultural Space: Getting Lost among the Yucatec Maya, Department of Anthropology, Northwestern University, Evanston (IL. USA), November 19 (invited lecture by Cynthia Robin)
- Le Guen O. (2007) Experiencing and understanding fear among Yucatec children. An example of non-alignment in emotional behaviour, Department of Psychology, Grand Valley State University (MI, USA), February 12 (invited lecture by Wolfgang Friedlmeier)
- Vapnarsky, V. and O. Le Guen (2006) The guardians of space: understanding ecological and historical relations of the contemporary Yucatec Mayas to their landscape, 10th European Maya Conferences, December 8, Malmö, Sweden
- Le Guen, O. (2006) Geocentric gestural deixis among Yucatec Maya (Quintana Roo, México), 18th International Conference of the International Association for Cross-Cultural Psychology (IACCP), July 12, Spetses, Greece
- Le Guen, O. (2005) Le système géocentrique à Repères Spatiaux et la deixis gestuelle chez les Mayas Yucatèques, Laboratoire de Psychologie interculturelle et d’Anthropologie de l’éducation, Geneva, Switzerland, September 14 (invited lecture by Pierre Dasen)
- Le Guen, O. (2004) Los espacios sagrados: construcción de los lugares a través de las marcas espaciales, VI congreso Internacional de Mayistas, July 13, Villahermosa, Tabasco, México
Posters
- Pool Balam, L. y O. Le Guen (2012) La integración de préstamos en maya yucateco, Primer coloquio internacional de estudios de maya yucateco, 5 octubre, Colegio de México, México D.F.
- Le Guen, O. y L. Pool Balam (2008) The emotional world of the Yucatec Maya : from universal to culturally specific, 13th European Maya Conference (EMC), December 1-6, Paris, France

About Me

I am an anthropologist and linguist primarily working among the Yucatec Mayas of Quintana Rooand Yucatán in Mexico. My research lies in the field of linguistic-anthropology and psycholinguistics.
My research is multidisciplinary oriented and integrates methods from anthropology, linguistics and cognitive psychology, to explore the way culture and language can influence or constrain human cognition, specifically through the forms of social interaction.

The main questions that motivate my work are the following:

How and how much the shared foundations in human cognition and social forms of interaction are elaborated and used in specific cultural contexts?

To what extent communication of relevant semiotic information is based on multimodal forms of interactions (e.g. gesture)?

How gesture can help us understand the cognitive representations of space and time?

My area of inquiries is the following:

      • - Cultural and cognitive representation of space and time in Maya language and co-speech gestures
      • - Multimodal interaction
      • - Emerging sign language
      • - Expressivity in multimodal interaction
      • - Ancestor worship among the Lowland Mayas

I was trained as an anthropologist at the University of Paris V (La Sorbonne) and Paris X (Nanterre). My PhD deals with the learning of space and its cognitive conception among Yucatec Maya in Mexico.

In 2007, with a fellowship from the Fyssen Foundation, I integrated the Psychology department at the Northwestern University (USA).

From 2008 to 2010, I was postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in the Language & Cognition Group directed by prof. Stephen C. Levinson.

Since 2011, I am professor-researcher in linguistic-anthropology at CIESAS in Mexico City.

 

Current position and education

 

Grants and awards

2015 – 2016 Fundings from the LANMO for the documention of theYucatec Maya Sign Language (YMSL Project)

2014 – 2016 Fundings from the INALI and CIESAS for the documention of the Yucatec Maya Sign Language (YMSL Project)

2007             Fyssen Fundation Posdoctoral Fellowship (conducted at Northwestern University)

 

Participation to International Research Projects

2015 – 2018 GDRI RITMO (ESP) “Crear, destruir, transformar en Mesoamérica: Las modalidades de las acciones rituales y sus dimensiones temporales” organizado por Valentina Vapnarsky (CNRS) y Philippe Nondédéo (Paris 10) - http://lesc-cnrs.fr/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=63:gdri-ritmo&catid=17:contrats-en-cours&Itemid=221

2015 – 2016 DIVIDNORM organizado por Joëlle Proust (ENS, Paris) - http://www.dividnorm.ens.fr

2011 – 2012 The Cultural Constitution of Causal Cognition organizado por Prof. Dr. Andrea Bender (Bergen), Prof. Dr. Sieghard Beller (Bergen) - https://www.uni-bielefeld.de/(en)/ZIF/FG/2011Cognition/members.html

2005-2009    ACI Geografía del sagrado organizado por Aurore Monod Becquelin (CNRS) y Alain Breton (CNRS)

Conference organization

2016             Forma y Análisis en la Lingüística Maya // Form and Analysis in Mayan Linguistics (FAMLi 4), organizado por Scott AnderBois, Grant Armstrong y Olivier Le Guen, 17 y 18 de noviembre, Universidad de Oriente (UnO), Valladolid, Yucatán, México

2015             Primer Coloquio Lenguas de Señas Emergentes en las Américas, organizado por Olivier Le Guen, Josefina Safar y Lorena Pool Balam 10 y 11 de septiembre, CIESAS, México D.F.

Editorial and administrative assignments

2016 – 2018 Coordinador (Department Chair) del Posgrado en Lingüística Indoamericana del CIESAS

2016 – 2018 Associate editor for the Journal Gesture (since April 2017)

2014 -           Review Editor for Cognitive Science

2014 -           Review Editor for Frontiers (Cultural Psychology)

Languages

  • French [Native language]
  • English [Fluent speaking, reading, writing]
  • Spanish [Fluent speaking, reading, writing]
  • Yukatec Maya [Fluent speaking, reading, writing]
  • Mopan & Itza' (Maya languages) [good comprehension]

 

Fieldwork experience

Over the years I have ben working on various issues all over the Maya lowland. I am grateful to all the people who had welcomed me and helped me in understanding their culture and their language... Dyoos bo'otik! // Bo'otik!

Yucatec Maya

Kopch'e'en (Quintana Roo)

Itsaj

San José (Petén, Guatemela)

Yucatec Maya & YMSL

Che'ma'ax (Yucatán)

Mopan

San Luis (Petén, Guatemela)

YMSL

Chi'kaan (Yucatán)

Yukatáan

Current Projects

More in that soon...

Contact

ompleguen (at) gmail.com