Historical and Areal Linguistics

Deborah Anderson

Associate Research Linguist


Script Encoding Initiative The Script Encoding Initiative (SEI), established in the UC Berkeley Department of Linguistics in April 2002, is a project devoted to the preparation of formal proposals for the encoding of scripts and script elements not yet currently supported in Unicode (ISO/IEC 10646).

Wesley dos Santos

PhD student

Language documentation and description, historical linguistics, Amazonian languages (especially Kawahiva, a Tupí-Guaraní language)

Emily Drummond

PhD student

Syntax, semantics, language variation and change, language documentation, Polynesian languages, Nukuoro

Rebecca Jarvis

PhD student

Syntax, semantics, language documentation, Atchan

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Edwin Ko

PhD student

Syntax, semantics, morphosyntax, language variation and change, historical and comparative linguistics, language documentation and revitalization, Alaska Native and Native American languages (especially Aleut, Crow, Hidatsa, and Northern Pomo)

Raksit Tyler Lau-Preechathammarach

PhD student

Sound change, experimental phonetics, tonogenesis, perception-production link, documentation & revitalization, Austroasiatic languages, Ryukyuan languages

Wendy L. A. López Márquez

PhD student

Morphosyntax, historical linguistics, language documentation, Mesoamerican linguistics (especially Mixe-Zoquean languages: Highland Popoluca)

James A. Matisoff

Professor Emeritus of Linguistics

Southeast Asian languages, especially Tibeto-Burman and Thai, Chinese, Japanese, field linguistics, Yiddish studies, historical semantics, psychosemantics, language typology, area linguistics

Johanna Nichols

Professor Emerita of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Historical linguistics; typology, including historical typology; linguistic geography and areal linguistics. Chechen, Ingush, Russian

Zachary O'Hagan

Postdoctoral Scholar; Manager, California Language Archive

PhD, UC Berkeley

Caquinte (Arawak), Omagua (Tupí-Guaraní), Taushiro (isolate), and Omurano (isolate); language documentation, description, history and contact in Amazonia; historical linguistics; morphosyntax; semantics; information structure