Assistant Professor -Linguistic & Sociocultural Anthropology
PhD 2006 (University of Arizona)
Office: Social Science Centre 3408
Tel: 519 661-2111 ext. 85096
I am an Anthropologist and a Linguist interested in Language broadly understood. My geographical area of focus has been Indigenous languages of Venezuela, having worked on Mapoyo (Carib family) and Kurripako (Arawak family). I am now beginning a new research project on Salivan languages, encompassing Piaroa, Maco and Hoti. My topics of interest are varied and encompass both anthropological and linguistics themes. I am interested in endangered languages, language documentation and description, language revitalization, language shift and maintenance, language ideologies, language policy, discourse, storytelling, verbal art, linguistic typology, writing systems, phonology, morphosyntax, sociolinguistics, historical linguistics, language and culture, metaphors, bi/multilingualism, language acquisition, ethnoclassification and many other topics!
I also incorporate into my work many socio-cultural topics such as kinship, political economy, religion, landscape, and others as necessary to understand the complex world of indigenous people and their languages.