Amalia Horan Skilton

Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Linguistics
University of California, Berkeley

I am a linguist and fieldworker with an areal commitment to lowland South America.

My research centers on pragmatics, semantics, and the social dimensions of language: sociolinguistics and linguistic anthropology. I also study phonetics and phonology. I have conducted over 24 months of in situ fieldwork on Ticuna (Ticuna-Yuri) and Máíhɨ̃ki (Tukanoan), two languages of northwestern Amazonia.

Contact Me

Email: amalia dot skilton at berkeley dot edu
Mail: 1203 Dwinelle Hall, Berkeley CA 94720
Office: 1314 Dwinelle Hall


  • January 2019: I presented a poster titled "Speaker and addressee in spatial deixis: New experimental evidence" at the 2019 annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of America. This research is joint work with David Peeters (Tilburg University & MPI for Psycholinguistics). Full-size version of the poster available here.

  • May 2018: I presented a talk titled "'Nominal tense' in Ticuna is not tense" at Semantics in Underrepresented Languages of the Americas (SULA) 10. Handout here.

  • April 2018: I traveled to the Netherlands. There, I presented talks titled "Perceptual and attentional features in Ticuna demonstratives" at Leiden University and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics.

  • This site last updated January 4, 2019.