Mary Jill BrodyMary Jill Brody

Professor Emerita, Retired, 2022.


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


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