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Kerry Hull

Professor
Ancient Scripture

270D JSB
Provo, UT 84602

Biography

Kerry Hull is a Professor in the department of Religion at Brigham Young University. He earned a B.A. in Spanish and B.A. in French in 1992 from Utah State University. He received an M.S. in Applied Linguistics from Georgetown University in 1993. He completed a Ph.D. in Linguistic Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin in 2003. His academic interests include Maya linguistics and anthropology, Polynesian linguistics, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, and Maya epigraphic studies. He has conducted linguistic, ethnographic, and archaeological fieldwork in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras. He specializes in the language and culture of the Ch’orti’ Maya of southern Guatemala. He has also carried out linguistic fieldwork on the Ua Pou dialect of Northern Marquesan and on the dialect used on the island of Raivavae in the Austral chain in French Polynesia.

Languages: (Fluent): French, Spanish, Ch’orti’ Mayan, Japanese. (Read): Middle Egyptian, Maya hieroglyphs, Greek, Latin, Hawaiian. (General abilities): Italian, Sanskrit, Hebrew, Old English, various Mayan languages

Courses Taught

2020

  • REL A 250 : Section 028
  • REL A 122 : Section 009
  • REL A 211 : Section 012
  • REL A 211 : Section 023
  • REL E 595 : Section 001
  • REL A 122 : Section 003
  • REL A 122 : Section 006
  • REL A 122 : Section 010
  • REL A 122 : Section 023
  • REL A 211 : Section 022

2019

  • REL A 121 : Section 025
  • REL A 121 : Section 030
  • REL A 122 : Section 001
  • REL A 122 : Section 004
  • REL A 121 : Section 002
  • REL A 121 : Section 004

2018

  • REL A 510R: Section 001
  • REL A 121 : Section 009
  • REL A 122 : Section 014
  • REL A 122 : Section 015
  • REL A 122 : Section 019
  • REL E 595 : Section 001
  • REL A 122 : Section 034

2017

  • REL A 121 : Section 026
  • REL A 121 : Section 028
  • REL A 121 : Section 039
  • REL A 122 : Section 001
  • REL A 122 : Section 006
  • REL A 122 : Section 002
  • REL A 121 : Section 007
  • REL A 121 : Section 010
  • REL A 121 : Section 011
  • REL A 121 : Section 021

2016

  • REL A 121 : Section 029
  • REL A 121 : Section 031
  • REL A 121 : Section 047
  • REL A 122 : Section 015
  • REL A 122 : Section 017
  • REL E 595 : Section 001
  • REL A 121 : Section 005
  • REL A 121 : Section 011
  • REL A 121 : Section 021

2015

  • REL A 121 : Section 010
  • REL A 121 : Section 014
  • REL A 121 : Section 057
  • REL A 121 : Section 013
  • REL A 121 : Section 015
  • REL A 122 : Section 027
  • REL A 122 : Section 031

2014

  • REL A 121 : Section 037
  • REL A 121 : Section 038
  • REL A 121 : Section 051
  • REL A 121 : Section 053
  • REL A 121 : Section 003
  • REL A 121 : Section 014
  • REL A 121 : Section 016
  • REL A 122 : Section 062

2013

  • REL A 122 : Section 017
  • REL A 122 : Section 019
  • REL A 122 : Section 024

Presentations

  • Hull KM. God Food: Ch’orti’ Deity Alimentation Rituals. 17th Annual Tulane Maya Symposium. March, 2020.
  • Hull KM. Introduction to the Ch’orti’ Mayan Language. 17th Annual Tulane Maya Symposium. March, 2020.
  • Hull KM, Zender M. The Hieroglyphic Forum: An Epigraphic View of Continuity and Change in Maya Foodways. 17th Annual Tulane Maya Symposium. March, 2020.
  • Hull KM, Wright MA. Ancient Maya Literature: A Performative Approach,” . Hawaiʻi International Conference on English Language and Literature Studies . March, 2020.
  • Hull KM. Myth, Ritual, and Etiology in Ch’orti’ Maya Sacred Geography. The 2020 Mesoamerican Meetings, University of Texas at Austin. January, 2020.
  • Hull KM. The Mythos of Origin: The Personhood of Animals in Ancient and Modern Maya Traditions. 2019 Annual Meetings of the American Academy of Religion. November, 2019.
  • Hull KM. Discourse Framing: Epistemicity and Modality in Ch’orti’ Maya Narrative Structure. The International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019 Perspectives Conference. November, 2019.
  • Hull KM. Bears in Indigenous Cultures of North America: Archaeological and Ethnographic Perspectives. Bear and Human in Archaeology: Facets of a Multi-layered Relationship. October, 2019.
  • Hull KM. Contextualizing Warfare in Ancient Mesoamerica and in the Book of Mormon. ENG 268. September, 2019.
  • Hull KM. Scholarly Online Resources for the Study of the Book of Mormon. Education Week 2019. August, 2019.
  • Hull KM. Seer Stones in the Ancient World. LDS Fireside. August, 2019.
  • Hull KM, Blumell LH, Aliberti C. An Inscribed Greek Mummy Cloth in Triplicate?. 29th International Congress of Papyrology . July, 2019.
  • Hull KM, Fergus R. Birds among the Modern and Ancient Maya. The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, . June, 2019.
  • Hull KM. Informing the Message of the Book of Mormon through Scholarship” . Utah State University Institute In-service Meeting . June, 2019.
  • Hull KM. Warfare in Ancient Mesoamerica and in the Book of Mormon. Book of Mormon Geography Symposium. April, 2019.
  • Hull KM, Fergus R. Birds Among the Modern and Ancient Maya. Birding Club of Delaware County Annual Meeting. March, 2019.
  • Hull KM. Stones of Light’: The Indigenous Origins of Seer Stones in the New World. Friday Faculty Forum, . March, 2019.
  • Hull KM, Fergus R. Data in Flight: The Use of Technology in the Urgent Documentation of Bird Data in Mayan Languages. ICLDC6: 6th International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation. March, 2019.
  • Hull KM. Portraying Life in Death: Emotive Representation in Female Iconography on Syrian Funerary Monuments. Material Culture and Women’s Religious Experience in Antiquity . March, 2019.
  • Hull KM. Unpublished Aramaic Inscriptions in Collections in Japan. Second International Conference of Aramaic & Syriac Studies. March, 2019.
  • Hull KM. The Literary Connections between the Book of Mormon and Ancient Mesoamerican Traditions. ENG 268 . January, 2019.
  • Hull KM. New Sake in Old Bottles: Excising Buddhist and Shinto Ideology from Early Translations of the Japanese Bible. Twenty-Fifth Annual Japan Studies Association Conference . January, 2019.
  • Hull KM. Writing and Literacy in the Book of Mormon and in Mesoamerica. In-service Meeting. November, 2018.
  • Hull KM. Culturally Marked Lexis: Conceptualizing Weather in Mayan Languages. Language and Weather / Sprache und Wetter. October, 2018.
  • Hull KM. Los Sentitdos Sobresalientes: Locuciones Emotivas en Ch'orti’ Maya. Forma y Análisis en la Lingüística Maya (FAMLi) 5, . August, 2018.
  • Hull KM. Semantic Sophistication: Verbs of Affect in Ch’orti’ Mayan. International Conference on Linguistics and Literature, . June, 2018.
  • Hull KM. Raptors in Myth and Ritual in North American Indigenous Traditions. Raptor and Falconry Depictions throughout the Millennia on a Global Scale. March, 2018.
  • Law D, Hull KM. Discourse in the Longue Durée: A View of Mayan Poetic Inertia. 116th American Anthropological Association Annual Meeting. November, 2017.
  • Hull KM. Elite Modes of Transportation in Mesoamerica: Cultural and Linguistic Investigations. 50th Annual Chacmool Conference on Archaeology. November, 2017.
  • Hull KM. Incorporation of Biblical Narratives in Mesoamerican Oral Traditions. American Academy of Religion. November, 2017.
  • Hull KM. Chiastic Messaging in Mesoamerican Texts. Chiasmus: An Open Conference on the State of the Art. August, 2017.
  • Hull KM. Shifting Identities: The Effects of Globalization and Evangelization on a Maya Community in Guatemala. The Asian Conference on Cultural Studies 2017. June, 2017.
  • Wright MA, Hull KM. Ethnobotanical Medicines for Treating Snakebites Among the Indigenous Maya Populations of Belize. 19th International Conference on Ethnomedicine and Traditional Medicine. May, 2017.
  • Fergus R, Hull KM. Muut Questions: Exploring Modern and Ancient Mayan Connections to Birds. Pre-Columbian Society Meeting. May, 2017.
  • Wright MA, Hull KM. Balancing Blood: An Ethnographic Look at the Mythical and Medicinal Use of Plants among the Mopan Maya of Belize. Lecture to School of Family Life . April, 2017.
  • Hull KM. Language Loss and Wellbeing among the Ch’orti’ Maya. 5th International Conference on Language Documentation & Conservation . March, 2017.
  • Hull KM. Ancient Mesoamerican Literary Traditions and the Book of Mormon. Book of Mormon Unified Conference. January, 2017.
  • Hull KM. Leading Down the Primrose Path: Ensuring Rigor in Book of Mormon Scholarship. Book of Mormon Unified Conference. January, 2017.
  • Hull KM. Semitic Features in Ancient Mesoamerica. Book of Mormon Unified Conference. January, 2017.
  • Hull KM. The Nature of Maya Hieroglyphic Writing. Book of Mormon Unified Conference. January, 2017.
  • Hull KM. War in the Book of Mormon and Mesoamerica. Book of Mormon Unified Conference. January, 2017.
  • Hull KM. Writing in Ancient Mesoamerica and in the Book of Mormon. Book of Mormon Unified Conference. January, 2017.
  • Hull KM, Fergus R. Birds among the Modern and Ancient Maya. Delaware Valley Ornithological Club Meeting. June, 2016.
  • Hull KM. The Smoking of Bones: The Use of Tobacco and Ritual Tobacco Substitutes among the Ch’orti’ Maya. Society for American Archaeology 81st Annual Conference. April, 2016.
  • Hull KM, Fergus R. Believing Birds: Human-Avian Interaction in the Lacandon Maya Forest. 39th Annual Ethnobiology Conference. March, 2016.
  • Hull KM, Wright MA. Avian Actors: Transformation and Sorcery in Mesoamerica. 39th annual Midwest Mesoamerican Conference on Archaeology and Ethnohistory. March, 2016.
  • Hull KM, Wright MA. Balancing Blood”: An Ethnographic Look at the Mythical and Medicinal Use of Plants among the Mopan Maya of Belize. NDFS Seminar . March, 2016.
  • Hull KM, Wright MA. Gender, Myth, and Forest Botanicals: Traditional Means of Addressing Issues of Female Health among the Mopan Maya of Belize. Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences. October, 2015.
  • Hull KM. Power and Prestige: Portable Shrines among the Ancient, Colonial, and Modern Maya. Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences. October, 2015.
  • Hull KM, Wright MA. "Building Blood”: Plants in Medicine and Myth among the Mopan Maya of San José, Belize. 38th Annual Conference of the Society of Ethnobiology . May, 2015.
  • Hull KM, Fergus R. Archetypal Harbingers: Ethno-ornithology and the Ch’orti’ Maya. 38th Annual Conference of the Society of Ethnobiology . May, 2015.
  • Hull KM. Inside the World of the Otherworld: Notions of Cause and Effect in Curing Rites of the Ch’orti’ Maya. 2015 Mesoamerican Symposium: In the Realm of the Vision Serpent – Decipherments and Discoveries in Mesoamerica: A Symposium in Homage to Linda Schele. April, 2015.
  • Hull KM. The History Phrasal Verbs in English: A Pedagogical Re-assessment. The Asian Conference on Language Learning 2015. April, 2015.
  • Hull KM. Walking like a Ch’orti’: Affect Verbs and Perception in Ch’orti’ Mayan. 2nd International Conference on Mesoamerican Linguistics. March, 2015.
  • Hull KM. Encounters with the Supernatural: Syncretism and Phenomenology in the Ch’orti’ Maya Religious Experience. Vernacular Religion, Folk Belief, and Traditions of the Supernatural. March, 2015.
  • Hull KM. Marcando el tiempo entre los mayas ch’orti: un acto expresivo de cultura. Mesures et Textures du Temps chez les Mayas le dit, l’écrit, le vécu. October, 2014.
  • Hull KM. When Letters Represent More Than Sounds: Ideology vs Practicality in the Development of a Standard Orthography for Ch’orti’ Mayan. Fourth Cambridge Conference on Language Endangerment. July, 2014.
  • Hull KM. Archaeological and Ethnographic Contexts of Jaay Ceramic Vessels in the Maya Area. 37th Annual Midwest Mesoamericanist Meeting. March, 2014.
  • Hull KM. The Ch’olan Languages: Issues of Migrations, Linguistic Contact, and Lexical Borrowing. 112th annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association. November, 2013.
  • Hull KM. The Linguistic Status of Raivavaean. 44th annual conference of the Australian Linguistic Society. October, 2013.
  • Hull KM, Fergus R. Ethno-Ornithological Research Among the Chontal Maya of Tabasco, Mexico. 36th Annual Ethno-biology Conference. May, 2013.
  • Hull KM. The Process of Semantic Generalization in Two Numeral Classifiers in Ch'orti' Mayan. The 16th Annual Workshop on American Indigenous Languages. April, 2013.
  • Hull KM. Drinking from a Poisoned Well: Use and Misuse of Linguistic and Ethnographic Data. 17th European Maya Conference. December, 2012.
  • Hull KM, Fergus R. Birds of the Ancient and Modern Maya. Wyncote Audubon Society, Plymouth Meeting. October, 2012.
  • Hull KM. Bird and Human Interactions among the Ancient Maya. 54th ICA International Congress of Americanists,. July, 2012.
  • Hull KM. Function and Form of Jaay Vessels from the Classic Period to the Modern Maya. 77th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. April, 2012.
  • Hull KM. Parallelismus Membrorum: The Central Trope of Ancient Maya Literature. 2012 Maya Meetings. March, 2012.
  • Hull KM, Fergus R. Birds among the Ancient and Modern Maya. Monmouth County Audubon Society. September, 2011.
  • Hull KM. Animacy Marking and Semantic Generalization in Ch’orti’ Numeral Classifiers. 20th International Conference on Historical Linguistics. July, 2011.
  • Hull KM, Fergus R. Ethno-Ornithological Research among the Chontal Maya of Tabasco, Mexico. 10th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences. June, 2011.
  • Hull KM. The Creation Myth of the Ch’orti’ Maya. 10th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences. June, 2011.
  • Hull KM. The Decipherment of Ancient Maya Writing. The Ancient Maya. June, 2011.
  • Hull KM. The History of the Ancient Maya. The Ancient Maya . June, 2011.
  • Hull KM. The Nature of Maya Hieroglyphic Writing. The Ancient Maya. June, 2011.
  • Hull KM, Fergus R. Birds of the Ancient and Modern Maya. Society of Ethnobotany 34th Annual Conference. May, 2011.
  • Hull KM, Fergus R. Birds among the Ancient and Modern Maya. Delmarva Ornithological Society at the Ashland Nature Center. February, 2011.
  • Hull KM, Fergus R. Birds and Bird Lore Among the Ancient and Modern Maya. Pre-Columbian Society of Washington DC January Lecture, 2011. January, 2011.
  • Hull KM, Fergus R. Birds of the Ancient and Modern Maya. Huntington- Oyster Bay Audubon Society Meeting. October, 2010.
  • Hull KM, Fergus R. The Woodpecker is a Witch! Birds of the Ancient and Modern Maya. The Precolumbian Society at the University of Pennsylvania Museum. October, 2010.
  • Hull KM, Fergus R. Tz’utujil Maya Avian Ideology: Ethnoornithological Perspectives in the “House of Birds”. 9th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences. June, 2010.
  • Hull KM. Reading into the Past: Hieroglyphs and Symbols of Ancient Egypt. Kashiwa History Club Meeting. May, 2010.
  • Hull KM. Ideology and the Motivation for Linguistic Change: The Process of Revitalization of the Ch’orti’ Mayan Language. Conference on Endangered Languages and Cultures of Native America. April, 2010.
  • Hull KM. Derivación y desviación de los verbos intransitivos en el lenguaje ritual de Ch’orti’ Maya. Congreso de Idiomas Indígenas de Latinoamérica. October, 2009.
  • Hull KM, Fergus R. Birds of the Ancient and Modern Maya. Delaware Valley Ornithological Club, Academy of Natural Sciences. October, 2009.
  • Hull KM, Fergus R. An Ethnoornithological Approach to Human-Bird Relations Among the Mopan Maya of Belize. Fourth Annual Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences. June, 2009.
  • Hull KM. Conceptual Proximity and the Alienable/Inalienable Possessive Contrast in Polynesian Languages. LL4: 4th Conference on Austronesian Languages & Linguistics. June, 2009.
  • Hull KM. Literary Genres and Poetic Styles in Maya Hieroglyphic Writing. American Anthropological Association's 107th Annual Meeting. November, 2008.
  • Hull KM, Fergus R. On a Wing and a Prayer: Ethnoornithological Perspectives on Prognostication in Ch’orti’ Maya Society. "Voices of the Past and the Present" Latin American Indian Literatures Association International Colloquium . March, 2008.
  • Hull KM. The Grand Ch’orti’ Epic: The Story of the Kumix Angel. 12th European Maya Conference. December, 2007.
  • Hull KM. Deciphering the Hieroglyphic Menu: An Epigraphic Dietary Analysis of the Classic Maya Elite. 40th Annual Chacmool Conference. November, 2007.
  • Hull KM. History and Controversy in Paradise: The Fall of the Hawaiian Monarchy. Kashiwa History Club Meeting. October, 2007.
  • Hull KM. The Changing Face of Warfare and the Decline of the Ancient Maya Civilization). Relationship of War and Mayan Hieroglyphics, and the Collapse of the Ancient Maya Civilization. May, 2007.
  • Hull KM. The Decipherment of Maya Hieroglyphic Writing. Relationship of War and Mayan Hieroglyphics, and the Collapse of the Ancient Maya Civilization. May, 2007.
  • Hull KM. Ritual and Cosmological Landscapes of the Ch’orti’ Maya. 11th European Maya Conference. December, 2006.
  • Hull KM, Fergus R. 2,000 Years of Becoming Bird: Ch’orti’ Maya Ethnoornithology and Human-Bird Relationships. Middle States Division Association of American Geographers Conference. October, 2006.
  • Hull KM. Severing the Link: Ritual and Identity of the Ch’orti’ Maya. XVII International Symposium on Latin American Indian Literatures. May, 2006.
  • Hull KM. Responsibility amid Objectification: Negotiating Ethics in Fieldwork and Data Collection. Japan Linguistic Society of Endangered Languages Conference. February, 2006.
  • Hull KM. In the Eyes of Healers: Curing Ideology and Worldview among the Ch’orti’ Maya. 04th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. December, 2005.
  • Hull KM. An Analysis of Translation Strategies in the Creation of a Ch’orti’ Maya New Testament. Politics of Conversion: Mission Strategies, Bible Translations and Cultural Transformations by US-Based Evangelical Mission to Communities in Guatemala, Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago. May, 2005.
  • Hull KM. Resourcing the Present, Citing the Past: Adaptive Strategies in the Definition of Ch’orti’ Maya Identity. 9th European Maya Conference. December, 2004.
  • Hull KM. Irrealis Modality in Ch’orti’ Maya. 12th Linguistic Research Seminar at Reitaku University. November, 2004.
  • Hull KM. Parallel Genders: Ch’orti’ Maya Conceptions of Duality and Order. 37th Annual Chacmool Conference. November, 2004.
  • Hull KM. Deciphering Gender: ‘Agentive’ Prefixes in Classic Maya Inscriptions. 102nd Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. November, 2003.
  • Hull KM. The Lakes are Alive: Water in Ch’orti’ Mythology and Curing Ideology. 36th Annual Chacmool 2003 Conference. November, 2003.
  • Hull KM. Así Hablan los Ángeles: The Poetics of Ch’orti’ Ritual Speech and Oral Narratives. 8th European Maya Conference. November, 2003.
  • Hull KM. La Verdad, la Pura Verdad, y Nada Sino la Verdad—O Así Dicen: Las Partículas Evidenciales en Ch’orti’. Primer Congreso de Idiomas Indígenas de Latinoamérica. October, 2003.
  • Hull KM. CVC-Imperatives in Maya Hieroglyphic Writing. Crabs and Glyphs. September, 2003.
  • Hull KM. Reconstructing the Past: Ritual Revitalization and Identity among the Ch’orti’ Maya. 2nd Hawaii International Conference on Social Sciences. June, 2003.
  • Hull KM. Género y la Estructura Poética en el Lenguaje de los Curanderos y Curanderas Ch’orti’s. Tercera Mesa de Estudios de Género Sede: Dirección de Etnología y Antropología Social. April, 2003.
  • Hull KM. Classic Maya Literary Tradition: Hieroglyphs and Poetics. 26th Annual Midwest Conference on Mesoamerican Archaeology and Ethnohistory. March, 2003.
  • Hull KM. Journey from the Ancient Maya Tomb: Ropes, Roads, and the Point of Departure. 7th European Maya Conference. November, 2002.
  • Hull KM. Coronation and Continuity: Investiture Ceremonies of the Classic Maya. 24th Annual Midwestern Mesoamericanists Meetings. March, 2001.
  • Hull KM. A View from the Milpa: Cosmology and Mythology in Ch’orti’ Maya Agricultural Rituals. ILASSA Conference on Latin America. February, 2001.
  • Hull KM, Carrasco MD. Mak-”portal” Rituals Uncovered: An Approach to Interpreting Symbolic Architecture and the Creation of Sacred Space among the Maya. 5th European Maya Conference at the University. December, 2000.
  • Hull KM. Literacy among the Classic and Modern Maya: A Parallel Function for Power and Status. 99th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association . November, 2000.
  • Hull KM, Carrasco MD. Framing the Portal: An Iconographic, Epigraphic, and Contextual Analysis of Painted Capstones of the Yucatan. 2000 Midwestern Mesoamericanists Meetings. March, 2000.
  • Hull KM. Poetic Discourse in Mayan Oral Tradition and in the Hieroglyphic Script. Languaging 99: A Conference across Linguistic, Literature, and Writing. March, 1999.
  • Hull KM. Seats of Power: Palanquins and Political Clout in Mesoamerica. XIX Annual Institute of Latin American Studies: Conference on Latin America. February, 1999.
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