Erin Donnelly

I am a PhD Candidate in linguistics at UC Berkeley. I ask questions about the mechanisms of language variation and change, especially sound change. My in-progress dissertation on the historical linguistics and dialectology of Northern Zapotec languages addresses some of those questions.

My work centers on dialectology, linguistic geography, historical linguistics, and variationist sociolinguistics.

I am a Mesoamericanist, with a focus on the Otomanguean stock and the Zapotecan family. I work documentation and description of Choapan Zapotec, as well as El Nigromante Zapotec (a Villa Alta Zapotec koiné). I have also done fieldwork on Lalana Chinantec.