George Aaron Broadwell, Ph.D.

Published: November 1st, 2013

Category: Faculty, People

Elling Eide Professor of Anthropology
Office: Turlington Hall, Room B364
Phone: (352) 294-7598


  • Ph.D. UCLA, 1990
  • M.A., UCLA, 1986
  • B.A., Harvard, 1983

Research Interests

Linguistic anthropology, syntactic theory, language, cognition, American Indian languages, Choctaw, Timucua, Copala Triqui, and Zapotec

Personal Statement

Dr. Broadwell’s primary research agenda focuses on endangered languages, primarily Native American languages of the United States and Mesoamerica. He is interested in the issues of integrating language description and documentation with contemporary work in linguistic theory.

His long-term descriptive commitments have been to grammatical and lexical descriptions of Choctaw, contemporary Zapotec (San Dionisio Ocotepec, Macuiltianguis, and Sierra Juarez varieties), Colonial Valley Zapotec, Copala Triqui, Timucua, with occasional work on grammatical issues in a number of other languages around the world (Mon, Kaqchikel, Kiche, Turkish, Crow, Creek).

From a theoretic point of view, he has been interested in word order, causative structures, lexical semantics, negation, diachronic syntax, and syntactic typology. In collaboration with colleagues in Computer Science, Education, Communication, and Psychology, he has also worked on issues in computational sociolinguistics, language in the classroom, and the computational identification of metaphors.

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Selected Publications

Vidal-Lopez, Román. (2012). Nana naguan’ rihaan nij síí chihaan’ | Consejos para la gente Triqui | Words of counsel for the Triqui people. Edited by George A Broadwell, Ashley LaBoda, Sharone Horowit-Hendler, and Gabriela Aquino Dehesa. IMS Occasional Publication No. 16. Albany NY: University at Albany.

Broadwell, George A; Matsukawa, Kosuke; Martín del Campo, Edgar; Scipione, Ruth,; and Susan Perdomo (eds). (2009). The origin of the sun and moon: A Copala Triqui legend (Román Vidal López, narrator). Munich: Lincom Europa.

Broadwell, George A. (2006). A Choctaw reference grammar. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press.

Albany Triqui Working Group (G.A. Broadwell director; Román Vidal López principal language consultant) (2014). A Copala Triqui – Spanish – English dictionary

Broadwell, George Aaron. (2014). A San Dionisio Ocotepec Zapotec – Spanish – English dictionary.

Broadwell, George A. (in press). Valence-changing morphology in San Dionisio Ocotepec Zapotec. in Natalie Operstein and Aaron Huey Sonnenschein, eds. Valency-changing devices in Zapotecan. Leiden: Brill.

Broadwell, George A. (2014). Timucua -ta: Muskogean parallels. in Michael Picone and Catherine Evans Davies, eds. New perspectives on Language Variety in the South: Historical and contemporary perspectives. Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press.

Broadwell, George Aaron. (2014). Lexical-Functional Grammar. in Andrew Carnie, Yosuke Sato, and Daniel Siddiqi, eds. Routledge Handbook of Syntax.

Broadwell, George A. (2006). Valence, information structure, and passive constructions in Kaqchikel. in L. Kulikov, A. Malchukov, and P. de Swart, eds. pp. 375-392. Case, Valency, and Transitivity. John Benjamins.

Broadwell, George A. (2005). Choctaw. in Heather Hardy and Janine Scancarelli, eds. Native languages of the southeastern United States, pp.157-199. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska Press.
Journal articles

Broadwell, George Aaron and Brook Danielle Lillehaugen. (in press) Building an electronic database for Colonial Valley Zapotec, International Journal of Linguistic Association of the Southwest.

Broadwell, George Aaron. (2015). The historical development of the progressive aspect in Central Zapotec. International Journal of American Linguistics. 81:151–85.

Oliveira, Alandeom; Broadwell, George Aaron; Boz, Umit; and Troy Sadler. (2014). Student leadership in small group science inquiry. Research in Science & Technological Education

Broadwell, George Aaron ; Jennifer Stromer-Galley; Tomek Strzalkowski; Samira Shaikh, Sarah Taylor, Umit Boz, Alana Elia, Laura Jiao, Ting Liu, and Nick Webb. (2012). Modeling socio-cultural phenomena in discourse. Journal of Natural Language Engineering.

More Publications Available on Google Scholar

Contribution to Science


Research Support

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Completed Research Support (within the past three years)

2012-2015 IARPA, Metaphor program
REMND – Robust Extraction of Metaphors from Novel Data [co-PI with Tomek Strzalkowski (PI); Laurie Feldman (co-PI) and Sarah Taylor (co-PI)] ($5,504,316.65)


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