1203 Dwinelle
UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
94720

SJQI am an eighth-year graduate student in linguistics. My research centers on the documentation of Amazonian indigenous languages, on the people who speak them, and their history and culture. I am a generalist and arealist, with theoretical linguistic interests focused on morphosyntax, semantics, information structure, and historical linguistics. I am also interested in the long-term preservation of linguistic materials in language archives. Since 2010 I have carried out fieldwork in Peru on Omagua (Tupí-Guaraní), Caquinte (Arawak), Taushiro (isolate), and Omurano (isolate). Materials from these projects are deposited with the Survey of California and Other Indian Languages here. My PhD dissertation is a grammar of information structure in Caquinte. I am also a genealogist and French horn player.

Individual and collaborative projects include the documentation, description, and analysis of Caquinte, as my primary field language, as well as Omagua, Taushiro, and Omurano; a computational phylogenetic classification of Tupí-Guaraní (video below); the reconstruction of Proto-Omagua-Kukama; exegesis of texts in Old Omagua; and a Matsigenka text corpus. I encourage you to check out my CV for digital versions of work in progress, publications, and conference and working group presentations, and important mention of collaborators.