Eliciting Associated Motion Constructions in Two Zapotec Languages


  • Fe Silva-­Robles Senderos
  • Felipe H. Lopez Seton Hall University
  • John Duff University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Carolyn Anderson Wellesley College


In associated motion constructions, verbal morphology adds a motion event to a main verb. The resulting construction can have complex interactions with verbal meaning that merit careful investigation in a fieldwork setting. In this paper, we describe our experiences as semanticists and language consultants exploring associated motion in two Zapotec languages: Dille’ xhunh Laxup (Santiago Laxopa Zapotec) and Dizhsa (San Lucas Quiaviní Zapotec). We present an original storyboard and other materials used in our work, and reflect on our experiences at three different levels: (i) what we have learned about the semantics of associated motion constructions in these particular languages; (ii) what we have learned about eliciting associated motion constructions; and (iii) what we have learned about working together as fieldworkers and language experts.