1203 Dwinelle
UC Berkeley
Berkeley, CA
94720

SJQI am a postdoctoral scholar in the Survey of California and Other Indian Languages in the Department of 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 titled Focus 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.