C. Andrew Hofling | Anthropology | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

C. Andrew Hofling

Professor Emeritus

C. Andrew Hofling

My research is concerned with exploring the interrelationships of language, culture and cognition in discourse with an areal focus on the lowland Maya of southern Mexico, Guatemala and Belize.

Research Interests

This research includes contributions to the general topical areas of discourse analysis, grammatical theory, markedness theory, semiotics, linguistic typology, hieroglyphic writing, historical linguistics, and culture history, language revitalization, and also reflects my commitment to Mayan linguistic and cultural research. Since 1991, I have devoted most of my efforts to documenting Itzaj Maya, a language spoken in northern Guatemala that is on the verge of extinction. In 2002 I began work on a dialect survey of the Yucatán Peninsula and since then I have been compiling data from all extant Yukatekan Mayan languages to create an etymological dictionary of Proto-Yukatekan.


  • Anth 240B: Anthropological Linguistics
  • Anth 301: Language in Culture and Society
  • Anth 310i/470i: Peoples and Cultures of Mesoamerica
  • Anth/Ling 415: Sociolinguistics
  • Anth 420: Mayan Texts
  • Anth 490: Field Methods and Analysis in Linguistic Anthropology
  • Anth 500B: Theory and Method in Linguistic Anthroplogy
  • Anth/Ling 544: Discourse Analysis
  • Anth 545: Advanced Mayan Hieroglyphs


2006    A Sketch of the History of the Verbal Complex in Yukatekan Mayan Languages. International Journal of American Linguistics 72(3).

2004    Language and Cultural Contacts Among Yukatekan Mayans. Collegium Antropologicum 28, Suppl. 1:241-48. Zagreb, Croatia.

2003    Tracking the Deer: Nominal Reference, Paralleism and Preferred Argument Structure in Itzaj Maya Narrative Genres. Preferred Argument Structure: Grammar as Architecture for Function. John W. Dubois, Lorraine Kumpf, and William J. Ashby eds. John Benjamins, pp. 385-411.

2000    (Charles Andrew Hofling with Félix Fernando Tesucún). Itzaj Maya Grammar. University of Utah Press.

1997    (Charles Andrew Hofling with Félix Fernando Tesucún). Itzaj Maya Dictionary: Itzaj Maya-Spanish-English . University of Utah Press. 1997.

1996    Indigenous Revitalization and Outsider Interaction: The Itzaj Maya Case. Human Organization 55(1):108-116.

1993    Marking Space and Time in Itzaj Maya Narrative. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology 3(2):34-54.

1991    Itzá Maya Texts with a Grammatical Overview. . University of Utah Press. 1991.