I am a linguist in the Department of Language and Linguistics at the University of Essex. My main interests are phonology, morphology, and the description/documentation of minority and endangered languages.
I work primarily on two Indigenous languages of Oaxaca State, Mexico: Huave (isolate) and Amuzgo (Oto-Manguean). I am grateful to my language teachers and friends in these communities, and hope to make my research useful for local projects and initiatives.
My PhD (UC Berkeley, 2008) was a phonological and morphological description of San Francisco del Mar Huave. From 2009 to 2017, I worked at the University of Manchester. I also specialize in Finnish and Swedish, including a Fulbright year on Fenno-Swedish dialects at the University of Helsinki. My household is bilingual English-Brazilian Portuguese, and I always aspire to improve in Korean, which I began learning to understand and speak at age 16.
I am interested in ecology, biodiversity, and their links with Indigenous knowledge and culture. In 2018, I completed a PgDip (=MSc minus the thesis) in Biological Recording at Manchester Metropolitan University.
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