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Patience L. Epps

Associate Professor Ph.D., University of Virginia

Associate Professor, Department of Linguistics
Patience L. Epps

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Interests

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

Publications

Books/edited volumes

2013     Epps, Patience, Na'ama Pat-El, and John Huehnergard (eds.). Contact Among Genetically Related Languages. Special edition of the Journal of Language Contact 6.

2013     Epps, Patience and Kristine Stenzel (eds.) Upper Rio Negro: Cultural and Linguistic Interaction in Northwestern Amazonia. Rio de Janeiro: Museu do Índio-FUNAI. 597 pp. Ebook available at http://www.museunacional.ufrj.br/ppgas/livros_ele.html

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

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

 

Journal articles

Forthcoming. Brown, Cecil H., Charles R. Clement, Patience Epps, Eike Luedeling, and Søren Wichmann. 'The Paleobiolinguistics of the Common Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.)’. Ethnobiology Letters.

Forthcoming. Epps, Patience and Andrés Salanova. 'The languages of Amazonia'. Tipiti (Journal for the Anthropology of Lowland South America).

2014     Bowern, Claire, Hannah Haynie, Catherine Sheard, Barry Alpher, Patience Epps, Jane Hill, Patrick McConvell. 'Loan and inheritance patterns in hunter-gatherer ethnobiological nomenclature.' Journal of Ethnobiology 34(2): 195–227.

2014     Brown, Cecil H., Charles R. Clement, Patience Epps, Eike Luedeling, and Søren Wichmann. 'The Paleobiolinguistics of Maize (Zea mays L.)'. Ethnobiology Letters 5:52-64.

2013     ‘Inheritance, calquing, or independent innovation? Reconstructing morphological complexity in Amazonian numerals’. Journal of Language Contact 6:329-357, special ed. Epps, Huehnergard, Pat-El.

2013     Epps, Patience, John Huehnergard, and Na’ama Pat-El. ‘Introduction’. Journal of Language Contact 6, special ed. Epps, Huehnergard, Pat-El.

2013     Brown, Cecil H., Charles R. Clement, Patience Epps, Eike Luedeling, and Søren Wichmann. 'The Paleobiolinguistics of Domesticated Manioc (Manihot esculenta)'. Ethnobiology Letters 4:61-70.

2013     Epps, Patience and Andrés Salanova. ‘As línguas da Amazonia.’ LIAMES (Línguas Indígenas Americanas) 12:7-38. [modified version of Epps & Salanova above, in Portuguese]

2013     Brown, Cecil H., Charles R. Clement, Patience Epps, Eike Luedeling, and Søren Wichmann. 'The Paleobiolinguistics of Domesticated Chili Pepper (Capsicum spp.)'. Ethnobiology Letters.

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

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

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

2009     ‘O nascimento de um sistema de classificação nominal,’ [‘Birth of a noun classification system’], (revised and translated version of Epps 2007, in Wetzels [ed.]). Invited contribution to ReVEL (Revista Virtual do Estudo da Linguagem, a Brazilian linguistics journal); special edition on indigenous languages of Brazil, edited by Wilson Silva.

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

2009     Epps, Patience and Herb Ladley. ‘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.

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

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

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

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

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

 

Book chapters  

Forthcoming. Epps, Patience and Lev Michael. ‘The areal linguistics of Amazonia.’ In Cambridge Handbook of Areal Linguistics, ed. by Raymond Hickey. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Forthcoming. ‘Amazonian linguistic diversity and its sociocultural correlates.’ In Language Dispersal, Diversification, and Contact: A Global Perspective, ed. by Mily Crevels, Jean-Marie Hombert, & Pieter Muysken. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

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.

Forthcoming. 'Temperature terms in Hup, a Nadahup language of Amazonia.' In The Linguistics of Temperature, ed. by Maria Koptjevskaja-Tamm. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Forthcoming. Epps, Patience and Kelsey Neely. 'Movimiento y orientación en construcciones verbales: una perspectiva amazónica'. In Movimiento y espacio en lenguas de América, ed. by Lilián Guerrero. México: Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. 

2014     'Historical linguistics and socio-cultural reconstruction.' In The Routledge Handbook of Historical Linguistics, ed. by Claire Bowern and Bethwyn Evans, 579-597. London/New York: Routledge.

2014     ‘Reduplication in Hup.’ In Reduplication in South American Indian Languages, ed. by Gale Goodwin Gómez and Hein van der Voort. Leiden: Brill.

2013     Epps, Patience and Kristine Stenzel. 'Introduction: Cultural and linguistic interaction in the Upper Rio Negro region'. In Epps and Stenzel (eds.), Upper Rio Negro: Cultural and linguistic interaction in northwestern Amazonia, 13-52. Rio de Janeiro: Museu do Índio-FUNAI.

2013     Epps, Patience and Melissa Oliveira. 'Upper Rio Negro astronomies: At the intersection of daily life, ritual, and verbal art'. In Epps and Stenzel (eds.), Upper Rio Negro: Cultural and linguistic interaction in northwestern Amazonia, 91-182. Rio de Janeiro: Museu do Índio-FUNAI.

2012     Brown, Cecil H., Eike Luedeling, Soeren Wichmann, & Patience Epps. 'The paleobiolinguistics of domesticated squash (Cucurbita spp.).' In Explorations in Ethnobiology: The Legacy of Amadeo Rea,ed. by Dana Lepofsky and Marsha Quinlan. (Contributions in Ethnobiology Series.) Denton: Society of Ethnobiology.

2012     ‘Between headed and headless relative clauses.’ In Typological and Empirical Studies of Relative Clauses, edited by Zarina Estrada and Bernard Comrie. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

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.

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

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

2010     ‘A escola entre os Hupd'äh do Alto Rio Negro: encontrando um caminho.’ [‘School among the Hupd’äh of the Upper Rio Negro: finding a path.’] Viviendo en el Bosque: Ensayos Sobre los Makú del Noroeste Amazónico, edited by Gabriel Cabrera. Universidade Nacional de Colombia - Sede Medellín.

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.

2009     Epps, Patience and Alexandre Arkhipov. ‘Introduction.’ In New Challenges in Typology: Transcending the Borders and Refining the Distinctions, edited by Patience Epps and Alexandre Arkhipov, pp. 1-8. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

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.

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.

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.

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

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