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 20 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


  • October 2017: I presented a talk titled "Tono y acento en el ticuna de Cushillococha" ("Tone and stress in Cushillococha Ticuna") at CILLA 8 at the University of Texas Austin. Slides available in English and Spanish.
  • July 2017: My paper "Three speakers, four dialects: Documenting variation in an endangered Amazonian language" appeared in Language Documentation and Conservation. Final article available open access here.
  • February 2017: My paper "Assertive questions in Máíhɨ̃ki" appeared in Journal of Pragmatics. Prepublication manuscript here.
  • January 2017: I presented a poster titled "Variation in contrastive voice quality in Cushillococha Ticuna" at the LSA Annual Meeting. Handout here.
  • December 2016: New manuscript on aperiodic poetic meter in Máíhɨ̃ki and cross-linguistically posted in Research.

  • This site last updated October 30, 2017.