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Patience L. Epps

Associate Professor Ph.D., University of Virginia

Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics
Patience L. Epps



Amazonia; indigenous languages; language documentation; historical linguistics; prehistory


Brown, Cecil H., Eike Luedeling, Soeren Wichmann, & Patience Epps. Forthcoming. 'The paleobiolinguistics of domesticated squash (Cucurbita spp.).' In Explorations in Ethnobiology: The Legacy of Amadeo Rea, ed. by Dana Lepofsky and Marsha Quinlan.

Epps, Patience. Forthcoming. ‘Between headed and headless relative clauses.’ In Typological and Empirical Studies of Relative Clauses, edited by Zarina Estrada and Bernard Comrie. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Epps, Patience. Forthcoming. ‘Reduplication in Hup.’ For a volume on reduplication in Amazonian languages, ed. by Gale Goodwin Gómez and Hein van der Voort. Leiden: Brill.

Epps, Patience. Forthcoming. 'Review of A Grammar of Cavineña, by Antoine Guillaume.' Anthropological Linguistics.

Epps, Patience. Forthcoming. ‘Language and subsistence patterns in the Amazonian Vaupés.’ In The Languages of Hunter-gatherers: Global and Historical Perspectives, edited by Tom Güldemann, Richard Rhodes, and Patrick McConvell. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Epps, Patience. 2012. ‘On form and function in language contact: A case study from the Amazonian Vaupés region.’ In Dynamics of Contact-Induced Language Change, edited by Isabelle Léglise and Claudine Chamoreau. Berlin: de Gruyter Mouton.

Patience Epps, Claire Bowern, Cynthia Hansen, Jane Hill, and Jason Zentz. 2012. 'On numeral complexity in hunter-gatherer languages.' Linguistic Typology 16: 39-107.

Bowern, Claire, Patience Epps, Russell Gray, Jane Hill, Keith Hunley, Patrick McConvell, and Jason Zentz. 2011. 'Does lateral transmission obscure inheritance in hunter-gatherer languages?' PLoS ONE 6(9):e25195.

Epps, Patience. 2011. ‘Reciprocal constructions in Hup.’ In Reciprocals and Semantic Typology, edited by Nicholas Evans, Alice Gaby, Stephen Levinson and Asifa Majid, pp.315-328. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Epps, Patience. 2010. ‘Linking valence change and modality: Diachronic evidence from Hup.’ International Journal of American Linguistics 76(3):335-356.

Epps, Patience. 2010. ‘Linguistic typology and language documentation.’ The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Typology, edited by Jae Jung Song. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Epps, Patience. 2010. ‘A escola entre os Hupd'äh do Alto Rio Negro: encontrando um caminho.’ In Viviendo en el Bosque: Ensayos Sobre los Makú del Noroeste Amazónico, edited by Gabriel Cabrera. Universidade Nacional de Colombia - Sede Medellín.     

Epps, Patience. 2009. ‘Escape from the noun phrase: From relative clause to converb and beyond in an Amazonian language.’ Diachronica 26(3):287-318.

Epps, Patience and Alexandre Arkhipov (eds.). 2009. New Challenges in Typology: Transcending the Borders and Refining the Distinctions. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. xi + 428.

Epps, Patience. 2009. ‘Language classification, language contact, and Amazonian prehistory.’ Language and Linguistics Compass 3(2):581-606.

Epps, Patience and Herb Ladley. 2009. ‘Syntax, souls, or speakers? On SIL and community language development.’ In Lise Dobrin et al. ‘Academic priorities, SIL International, and the past and future of linguistics’ (set of associated short papers), Language 85(3):640-646.

Epps, Patience. 2009. ‘Where differential object marking and split plurality intersect: Evidence from Hup.’ In New Challenges in Typology: Transcending the Borders and Refining the Distinctions, edited by Patience Epps and Alexandre Arkhipov, pp. 85-104. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Epps, Patience. 2009. ‘Hup vocabulary.’ World Loanword Database. edited by Martin Haspelmath and Uri Tadmor. Munich: Max Planck Digital Library. (Online at www.loanwords. info.)

Epps, Patience. 2009. ‘O nascimento de um sistema de classificação nominal,’ (revised and translated version of Epps 2007, in Wetzels [ed.]). ReVEL (Revista Virtual do Estudo da Linguagem); special edition on indigenous languages of Brazil, edited by Wilson Silva.

Epps, Patience. 2009. ‘Loanwords in Hup, a Nadahup language of Amazonia.’ Loanwords in the world's languages: a comparative handbook, edited by Martin Haspelmath and Uri Tadmor. Berlin and New York: De Gruyter Mouton.

Epps, Patience. 2009. ‘Review of Linguistic Fieldwork, by Claire Bowern.’ Invited review, Linguistic Typology 13(3):491-498.

Epps, Patience. 2008. A Grammar of Hup.  (Mouton Grammar Library 43.) Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. xxiii + 983.

Epps, Patience. 2008. ‘Hup’s typological treasures: Description and explanation in the study of an Amazonian language.’ Linguistic Typology 12(2):169-193.

Epps, Patience. 2008. ‘From “wood” to future tense: Nominal origins of the future construction in Hup.’ Studies in Language 32(2):383-404.

Epps, Patience. 2008. ‘Grammatical borrowing in Hup.’ Grammatical Borrowing: A Cross-linguistic Survey, edited by Yaron Matras and Jeanette Sakel, pp. 551-565. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Epps, Patience. 2007. ‘The Vaupés melting pot: Tucanoan influence on Hup.’ Grammars in Contact: A Cross-linguistic Typology, edited by Alexandra Aikhenvald and R.M.W. Dixon. Explorations in Linguistic Typology 4, pp. 267-289. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 

Epps, Patience. 2007 . ‘Birth of a noun classification system: The case of Hup.’  Language endangerment and endangered languages: Linguistic and anthropological studies with special emphasis on the languages and cultures of the Andean-Amazonian border area, Indigenous Languages of Latin America series (ILLA), edited by Leo Wetzels, pp. 107-128. Publications of the Research School of Asian, African, and Amerindian Studies (CNWS). Leiden University, The Netherlands.

Epps, Patience. 2006. ‘Growing a numeral system: The historical development of numerals in an Amazonian language family.’ Diachronica 23(2):259-288.

Epps, Patience. 2005. ‘Areal diffusion and the development of evidentiality: Evidence from Hup.’ Studies in Language 29(3):617-650.

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