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Elizabeth Merrill was born in Atlanta, GA, and grew up there, leaving to attend the University of Texas at Austin, where she graduated with a double B.A. in Honors Liberal Arts and Honors English in 1993.
She joined SIL in 1993 and finished her M.A. in Linguistics with a minor in Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin in 1995. Her thesis was "The Semantics and Discourse Usage of 'Baruch Ha Shem'". Elizabeth began fieldwork in Oaxaca in 1996, briefly did some documentary linguistics for San Felipe Tejalapan Zapotec, and then began working in Tilquiapam Zapotec in 2000. See the References page and the Items Posted page for some available articles resulting from this fieldwork, and also a list of easy reading books now available in Tilquiapam Zapotec.
In addition to fieldwork, Elizabeth has also taught linguistics to indigenous speakers on various occasions, at the Diplomado en Lingüística Descriptiva y Empatía Cultural (Course in Descriptive Linguistics and Cultural Empathy) at the Universidad Madero in Puebla and later at the Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosí.
Elizabeth's research interests extend to lexicography, phonology, comparative Zapotec studies, language documentation, and linguistics in general.
For a detailed professional curriculum vitae, contact Elizabeth.