Mary Jill BrodyMary Jill Brody

Doris Z. Stone Distinguished Professor for Latin American Studies


Ph.D. Washington University, 1982
M.A. Anthropology, Washington University, 1976
B.A. Anthropology, Ohio University, 1973


Dr. Brody investigates Tojol-ab’al Mayan language and culture. She is the only person in the U.S. certified to interpret Tojol-ab’al in U.S. courts.

Selected Publications

Brody, M. J. (2018). Exact repetition in Tojol-ab’al Maya. In Exact Repetition in Grammar and Discourse. Ed. by Rita Finkbeiner and Ulrike Freywald. (pp. 350-365). Berlin: Mouton De Gruyter.

Brody, M. J. (2018). Borrowed Spanish discourse markers in narrative: A comparison across three generations of Tojol-ab'al (Mayan) speakers. In Language Variation and Contact-Induced Change. Ed. by Jeremy King and Sandro Sessarego. (pp. 111-126). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Brody, M. J. (2017). “You’re just workin’ for yourself:” Strategies for indirect directives in Yoga Instructional discourse. In Imperatives and Other Directive Strategies. Ed. by Daniël Van Olmen and Simone Heinold. (pp. 159-180). Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 

Brody, M. J. (2017). Court Interpretation of an Indigenous Language: Experiences of an Unexpected LSP Participant. In Trends in Language for Specific Purposes Research and Curriculum Development. Ed. by Mary K. Long. (pp. 157-167). Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press. 

Courses Taught

Language and Culture
Field Methods in Linguistics
Discourse and Conversation
North American Indians
Women, Place, Culture


Anthropology Undergraduate Advisor
Co-editor of the International Journal of the Linguistics Association of the Southwest

Howe-Russell-Kniffen Geoscience Complex
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: 225-578-6174
Fax: 225-578-4420



Mary Jill Brody's CV