Research on Amazonian languages
|This is an ongoing project.||
Contact DetailsPatience Epps
One ongoing effort is the Amazonian part of a larger, collaborative project ('Dynamics of Hunter-Gatherer Language Change'), which seeks to define what drives language shift, spread, and other aspects of language change among hunting-gathering populations, and to what extent these dynamics are different from those at work in agricultural populations. It involves compiling lexical and grammatical data (from grammars, dictionaries, etc.) on a variety of Amazonian languages, and making inferences about language change and contact-related patterns.
Other areas of research are more descriptive/documentary in nature. They include compiling dictionaries of the Amazonian languages Hup, Daw, and Nadeb from available word lists, and working with Dr. Epps to process and digitize a collection of texts in Hup.
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