Chapman Linguist Pilar Valenzuela Publishes Book on Grammar of Body-Part Expressions

Chapman linguist Pilar Valenzuela, a professor in the Department of World Languages and Cultures, and Roberto Zariquiey, associate professor at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, are co-editors of a book recently published by Oxford University Press, “The Grammar of Body-part Expressions: A View from the Americas.”

The volume comprises 16 studies by leading specialists in the field, who focus on specific morphological and syntactic patterns found in some 50 languages from South, Central and North America. This publication will have a significant impact on linguistic typology and cognitive linguistics. It is the first collection devoted to the grammar of body-part expressions as well as on the languages of the Americas, particularly South America.

Pilar, Ph.D., is the co-author of two studies included in the volume, including one that focuses on Shiwilu, an Amazonian language from the Kawapanan family, currently spoken by some 25 people in Peru.