Olivier Le Guen website

Olivier Le Guen's Publications

Articles and books in press or accepted:

    1. Le Guen, O., Samland, J., Friedrich, T., Hanus D., & P. Brown (to appear) Making sense of (exceptional) causal relations. A cross-cultural and crosslinguistic study, Frontiers in Psychology
    2. Le Guen, O. (in press) Existe t-il des émotions en Maya yucatèque? Une analyse sémantique des termes émotionnels en Maya yucatèque, Mexique, in N. Tersis & P. Boyeldieu (éds), Le langage de l'émotion : variations linguistiques et culturelles, Paris, Peeters.
    3. Le Guen, O. (en dictamen) Esbozo de la situación sociolingüística de la(s) lengua(s) de señas maya(s) yucateca(s). Libro en edición CIESAS e INALI

Articles and book chapters:

  • 2015
    • 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]
    • 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]
  • 2014
    • 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]
    • 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 (abril-junio)
    • 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 [LINK]
    • Proyecto Lengua de Señas Maya Yucateca: Vocabulario en línea del la LSMY de Nohkop [LINK]
    • Le Guen, O. (2014) La documentación de una nueva lengua indígena en Yucatán: Le lengua de señas maya yucateca, ICHAN marzo 283 [PDF]
  • 2013
    • 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] [LINK to JRAI]
    • 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] [link to ICHAN]
  • 2012
    • de Pierrebourg F., Arnauld M-C., Figuerola H., Hoppan J.M., Le Guen  O. & P. Petrich (2012) L’habitation maya. Espaces, frontières et quelques lieux de passage, Ateliers d'anthropologie (37) [LINK]
    • Le Guen O. (2012) Socializing with the supernatural: 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]
    • 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, pp. 209-250 [PDF] [LINK]
    • Le Guen O. & Pool Balam L.I. (2012) No metaphorical timeline in gesture and cognition among Yucatec Mayas. Frontiers in cultural Psychology (3)271 [LINK TO FRONTIERS]
    • Le Guen, O. (2012) Ideophones in Yucatec Maya. Proceedings of the CILLA V conference, October 2011. Austin, Texas (online papers) [PDF]
    • Le Guen, O. (2012) Cognitive anthropological fieldwork: cross-disciplinary perspectives on Yucatec Maya culture and cognition.Topics in Cognitive Science,Volume 4(3), pp. 445–452 [PDF] [LINK TO TOPICS]
  • 2011
    • Sauter, D. A., Le Guen, O. & Haun, D. B. M. (2011) Categorical perception of emotional facial expressions does not require lexical categories. Emotion, Dec;11(6), pp. 1479-1483 [PDF] (see also this link)
    • Le Guen, O. (2011) Modes of pointing to existing spaces and the use of frames of reference. Gesture (11)3, pp. 271-307 [PDF] [LINK to GESTURE]
    • 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] [LINK to IJSL]
    • Le Guen, O. (2011) Speech and gesture in spatial cognition among the Yucatec Mayas. Cognitive Science (35)5, pp. 905–938 [PDF] [LINK to CS]
    • Le Guen O. (2011) Materiality vs. expressivity: The use of sensory vocabulary in Yucatec Maya. Senses and Society (6)1, pp. 117-125 [PDF] [LINK to S&S]
    • 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]
  • 2010
    • 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
  • 2009
    • 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]
    • 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]
    • 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 http://fieldmanuals.mpi.nl/volumes/2009/ethnography-of-emotions/
  • 2008
  • 2005
    • 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]
    • 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.Ateliers d'anthropologie (29), pp.11-67 [http://ateliers.revues.org/document174.html]
    • Colazo-Simon A., Geslin S., Reyes E.& 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). Ateliers d'anthropologie (29), pp. 69-182 [http://ateliers.revues.org/document208.html]
  • 2003
    • 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 [http://jsa.revues.org/document1560.html]

 

Unpublished PhD dissertation (in French)

"L’organisation et l’apprentissage de l’espace chez les Mayas Yucatèques du Quintana Roo, Mexique" (Organisation and learning of space among the Yucatec Mayas of Quintana Roo, Mexico)

Download: Part_01, Part_02, Part_03(annexes)

Online article:

  1. Le Guen O. (2004) La géographie des morts à x-K'opch'en, Quintana Roo, http://www.mae.u-paris10.fr/germ/aci/NiveauIII/Mort/kopchen.htm

Poster

  1. Le Guen, O. et L. Pool Balam - « The emotional world of the Yucatec Maya : from universal to culturally specific », XIIIe Conférence maya européenne (EMC), 1-6 décembre 2008, Paris [PDF]

Other contributions

  • Pointing among the Yucatec Maya. A reply to Emmanuel Dupoux, on www.cognitionandculture.net [read more]

Conference paper presentations

  1. Le Guen O. (2014) A new Mesoamerican language: the Yuctec Maya sign Language, CILLA VI, October 25, Austin Texas, USA
  2. 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
  3. Le Guen O.(2014) Analyse multimodale du langage spatial chez les mayas yucatèques (Mexique), seminaire du LACITO, October 3, Paris, France
  4. 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
  5. Le Guen O.(2014) Managing epistemicity in everyday Mayan interactions, Metacognitive diversity: An interdisciplinary approach, september 25, Institut Jean Nicod, Paris, France
  6. Le Guen (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
  7. Le Guen O. (2013) Paths of lexicalization and grammaticalization of gestures into a new sign language. The Yucatec Maya Sign Language, Susan Goldin Meadow’s Lab, November 22, Chicago, USA
  8. 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, USA
  9. Le Guen O. (2013) A new Mesoamerican language: The Yucatec Maya Sign Language, CILLA VI, October 25, Austin Texas, USA
  10. 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 City, Mexico
  11. 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, Germany
  12. 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, USA
  13. 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, Mexico City
  14. Le Guen (2012) Evolución intergeneracional del sistema pronominal en el lenguaje de señas maya yucateco (YMSL), XII Encuentro Internacional de Lingüística en el Noroeste, November 14, Hermosillo, Mexico
  15. 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, November 7, Leiden, Netherlands
  16. Le Guen (2012) L'importance de la gestualité dans les interactions mayas yucatèques : nouvelles perspectives pour les représentations de l'espace et du temps, seminar GERM-EREA, October 29, LESC, Paris, France
  17. Le Guen (2012) La importancia de los gestos en el estudio del maya yucateco actual, Primer coloquio internacional de estudios de maya yucateco, October 5, Colegio de México, Mexico City
  18. Tenbrink, T. &O. Le Guen (2012) Spatial reference frames in language and gestures. Cognitive Summer Seminar, June 10-11, Oslo, Norway
  19. Le Guen (2012) El uso de video en lingüística y en antropología, Seminario de la INAH, February 29, Mexico City
  20. Le Guen, O. (2011) An overview of Yucatec Maya Sign Language and its origins,Nijmegen Gesture Center, MPI Nijmegen,December 2, The Netherlands
  21. 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
  22. Le Guen, O. (2011) Ideophones in Yucatec Maya, CILLA V, October 7, Austin Texas, USA
  23. 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
  24. Le Guen, O. & L. Pool Balam (2011) Expressive morphology in Yucatec Maya, February 1, Meso-American Inflectional Morphology (MAM), Paris, France
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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.
  28. 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
  29. Le Guen O. (2010) Manipular los marcos de referencia, August 23, CIESAS-Sureste, Mexico
  30. 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
  31. Le Guen O. (2010) Temperature terms and their meaning in Yucatec Maya, Workshop on Linguistics and Temperature, March 19-20, Stockholm, Sweden
  32. 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
  33. Le Guen O. (2009) “Understanding geocentric gestures”, Goldin-Meadow Lab., December 8, Chicago University, Chicago, USA
  34. 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
  35. Brown P., Le Guen O. and M. Sicoli (2009) Dialogic repetition in Tzeltal, Yucatec, and Zapotec conversation, July 17, SSILA Summer Conference, Berkeley, USA
  36. Le Guen O. (2009) Geocentricity and indexicality in Yucatec Gestural deixis, Nijmegen Gesture Center, April 28, MPI, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  37. 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,
  38. 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
  39. 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
  40. Le Guen. O. (2008) The place of Supernatural Entities in Maya daily life and socialization, 13th European Maya Conferences, December 5th, Paris, France
  41. Le Guen, O. (2008) Indexicality and geocentric space, Geocentric Workshop, June 10, MPI, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  42. Le Guen, O. et L. Pool Balam (2008) The emotional world of the Yucatec Maya, Lab. presentation, June 12, MPI, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  43. 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)
  44. 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)
  45. 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
  46. 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
  47. Le Guen O. (2007) La instanciación ritual del espacio, VII Congreso Internacional de Mayistas, July 10, Mérida, Yucatán, México
  48. 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
  49. 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)
  50. 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)
  51. 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
  52. 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
  53. 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)
  54. 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

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Recents papers

No metaphorical timeline in gesture and cognition among Yucatec Mayas (Frontiers in cultural Psychology )

In numerous languages, space provides a productive domain for the expression of time. This paper examines how time-to-space mapping is realized in Yucatec Maya. At the linguistic level, Yucatec Maya has numerous resources to express deictic time, whereas expression of sequential time is highly constrained. Specifically, in gesture, we do not find any metaphorical oriented timeline, but only an opposition between “current time” (mapped on the “here” space) and “remote time” (mapped on the “remote/distant space”). Additionally, past and future are not contrasted.

Gestures for (a) tomorrow, (b) yestarday

Sequential or deictic time in language and gesture are not conceived as unfolding along a metaphorical oriented line (e.g., left-right or front-back) but as a succession of completed events not spatially organized. Interestingly, although Yucatec Maya speakers preferentially use a geocentric spatial frame of reference (FoR), especially visible in their use of gesture, time is not mapped onto a geocentric axis (e.g., east-west). We argue that, instead of providing a source for time mapping, the use of a spatial geocentric FoR in Yucatec Maya seems to inhibit it. The Yucatec Maya expression of time in language and gesture fits the more general cultural conception of time as cyclic. Experimental results confirmed, to some extent, this non-linear, non-directional conception of time in Yucatec Maya.

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Speech and Gesture in Spatial Language and Cognition Among the Yucatec Mayas in Cognitive Science

This paper argues for a multimodal analysis of language that encompasses gesture as well as speech, and shows that the preferred frame of reference in Yucatec Maya is only detectable through the analysis of co-speech gesture and not through speech alone. A series of experiments compares knowledge of the semantics of spatial terms, performance on nonlinguistic tasks and gestures produced by men and women. The results show a striking gender difference in the knowledge of the semantics of spatial terms, but an equal preference for a geocentric frame of reference in nonverbal tasks. In a localization task, participants used a variety of strategies in their speech, but they all exhibited a systematic preference for a geocentric frame of reference in their gestures.[…]

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