John   O.  Foreman

Associate Professor  

Office: ELABS 231
Phone: (956) 665-3427
Email: john.foreman@utrgv.edu

Dr. John O. Foreman

Professor Foreman received his PhD in Linguistics from UCLA in 2006. His research is on syntax and the documentation of endangered languages, particularly Macuiltianguis Zapotec native to Oaxaca, Mexico.





Selected Publications


  • John Foreman and Brook Lillehaugen. "Positional Verbs in Colonial Valley Zapotec," University of Chicago Press, Chicago, IL: International Journal of American Linguistics 83, no. 2 (April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2017): 263-305.

  • John Foreman. "The syntax of ain't," Ain'thology: The history and life of a taboo word. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2015: 113-155.

  • John Foreman and Sheila Dooley. "Causative morphology in Macuiltianguis Zapotec," Valence Changes in Zapotec: Synchrony, Diachrony, Typology. Benjamins, 2015: 237-279.

  • John Foreman. Review of the book Null subjects, by J. A. Camacho. The LINGUIST List. Bloomington, IN: The LINGUIST List, Department of Linguistics, Indiana University, October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2014: electronic.

  • John Foreman. ""Locative" possessive constructions in Macuiltianguis Zapotec," Expressing location in Zapotec. LINCOM Studies in Native American Linguistics 61. Munich: Lincom Europa, 2012: 195-220.

  • Brook Lillehaugen and John Foreman. "Body parts and the encoding of thing and place in Zapotec," Studies in Role and Reference Grammar. Mexico City: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Instituto de Investigaciones Filológicas, 2009: 138-158.

  • John Foreman and Pamela Munro. "Reconstructing a typologically marked strategy for Zapotec relative clauses.," Proceedings of the sixth annual High Desert Linguistics Society Conference . Albuquerque, NM: University of New Mexico, 2007: 141-153.

  • Jerwen Jou and John Foreman. "Transfer of learning in avoiding false memory: The roles of warning, immediate feedback, and incentive.," The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 60, no. 6 (2007): 877-896.

  • John Foreman. The morphosyntax of subjects in Macuiltianguis Zapotec [dissertation thesis]. 2006: 662.

  • John Foreman. "Syntax of negative inversion in Non-Standard English," WCCFL 17: The proceedings of the seventeenth West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics. Stanford, CA: CSLI, 1999: 15 pages.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • John Foreman. Macuiltianguis Zapotec Trilingual Children's Storybook Project, Engaged Scholarship and Learning, $2,000.00 (October 1, 2017 - July 31, 2018)

  • John Foreman. Faculty Development Leave, Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs & Diversity, (September 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017)

  • Pechis Martinez. Engaged Scholar Award, Office of Engaged Scholarship and Learning, $2,000.00 (December 21, 2016 - August 31, 2017)

  • John Foreman. Faculty Travel Support Program-"LSA Annual Meeting, SSILA Annual Meeting, Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs & Diversity, $431.00 (January 5, 2017 - January 8, 2017)

  • John Foreman. Junior Faculty Travel Support, Office of the Vice Provost, $500.00 (March 5, 2015 - March 9, 2015)

  • Diane Zaragoza. Undergraduate Research Initiative, $2,000.00 (March 5, 2015 - March 9, 2015)

  • John Foreman. Junior Faculty Travel Support, Office of the Vice Provost, $431.06 (October 2013 - October 2013)

  • John Foreman. A Dictionary and Wiki of Macuiltianguis Zapotec [ZAA], National Science Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities Documenting Endangered Languages program, $54,000.00 (August 2008 - July 2009)

  • John Foreman. Faculty Leadership Fund Award to attend the International Conference on Role and Reference Grammar, Utica College, $640.00 (August 2007 - August 2007)

  • John Foreman. Model of an Interactive Multimedia Dictionary for Macuiltianguis Zapotec, Utica College, $2,300.00 (June 2007 - July 2007)



Selected Presentations


  • Kate Riestenberg and John Foreman. "El sistema de tonos en zapoteco de Macuiltianguis," Seminario Zapoteco, Teotitlan del Valle, Oaxaca, Mexico (August 2018)

  • John Foreman, Paula Foreman, Sheila Dooley, and Catharina Ybarra. "A sketch of verb classes in Macuiltianguis Zapotec," Symposium on Oaxacan Linguistics, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA (June 2018)

  • Pamela Munro, John Foreman, and Aaron Sonnenschein. "Covert subjects in Zapotecan," Symposium on Oaxacan Linguistics, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA (June 2018)

  • Kate Riestenberg and John Foreman. "El sistema de tonos en zapoteco de Macuiltianguis," Coloquio sobre Lenguas Otomangues y Vecinas VIII: Coloquio Antionio Penafiel, Biblioteca de Investigacion Juan de Cordova, Oaxaca City, Oaxaca, Mexico (April 2018)

  • John Foreman. "Positional verbs in Macuiltianguis Zapotec," SSILA 2017, Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas, Austin, TX (January 2017)

  • John Foreman, Paula Foreman, Javier Piña, Diane Zaragoza, Alejandra Tiburcio, Ayla Galván, Brenda Gomez, Melissa Icaza, Cristina Mendez, Kiara Wing, Cesar Cepeda, Adaiah Sanchez, and Sergio Sanchez. "Collaborating with beginning undergraduates on language revitalization: The case of the Macuiltianguis Zapotec storybook project," 45th Linguistic Association of the Southwest Annual Meeting, Linguistic Association of the Southwest, University of Texas at Austin Center for Mexican American Studies, Austin, TX (September 2016)

  • John Foreman, Diane Zaragoza, Javier Piña, Ayla Galván, and Paula Foreman. "A phonetic study of tone in Macuiltianguis Zapotec," Second International Conference on Mesoamerican Linguistics, California State University, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA (March 2015)

  • John Foreman. "Control and movement in Macuiltianguis Zapotec," Second International Conference on Mesoamerican Linguistics, California State University, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California (March 2015)

  • John Foreman. "Backward reflexives in Zapotec," UTPA Applied Linguistics Colloquium, University of Texas Pan American English Department, Edinburg, TX (November 2014)

  • John Foreman and Brook Lillehaugen. "The development of the positional verb system from colonial to modern Valley Zapotec," 42nd Linguistic Association of the Southwest Annual Meeting, Linguistic Association of the Southwest and Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ (September 2013)

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ENGL 4361 02I - Modern English Syntax:
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ENGL 3362 01 - English Grammar:
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ENGL 6360 02I - Desc Linguistics for Teachers:
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ENGL 3362 01 - English Grammar:
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ENGL 4361 01I - Modern English Syntax:
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ENGL 7300 01 - Thesis:
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ENGL 3362 05 - English Grammar:
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ENGL 6360 01I - Desc Linguistics for Teachers:
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ENGL 6362 01 - Modern English Syntax:
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