I’m interested in morphosyntax and phonology, with an empirical focus on the Mayan and Bantu language families. Specifically, my research has explored the identity condition on ellipsis, optional agreement, linearization, syntactic ergativity, information structure, and sibilant harmony.
My work also focuses on language reclamation/revitalization and documentation. I’ve led projects in these areas in California (Rumsen) and my home country, Guatemala (Xinka, Kaqchikel, Tz’utujil).
I carry out my fieldwork in Patzún, Sumpango, Tecpán (Kaqchikel), Santiago Atitlán (Tz’utujil), and El Novillero (K’iche’) through UMD’s Guatemala Field Station.
rranero [at] umd [dot] edu
1417 A Marie Mount Hall
College Park, MD 20742
(Lake Atitlán photograph by Gaby Andy Films & Photography)