Kate Bellamy

PhD Student, Finding the closest linguistic relatives of Purépecha

Kate Bellamy obtained a BA (Honours) in Modern and Medieval Languages from the University of Cambridge in 2004. She then worked as a researcher and project coordinator in the field of cooperation in vocational and higher education before returning to study in 2010, gaining a Research Master in Linguistics in summer 2012. Her MA thesis focused on cross-linguistic variation in the expression of estimation, with emphasis on differences between speakers of English and Georgian. From December 2010 to May 2013 Kate also worked in the Evolutionary Processes in Language and Culture research Group at the MPI for Psycholinguistics. In the present project, Kate will concentrate on identifying the genetic relations of Purepécha (or Tarascan), a language isolate of western Mexico (Michoacán state). As well as the languages and cultures of Meso- and South America, historical and evolutionary linguistics and language isolates, Kate is also interested in cultural and evolutionary anthropology, languages and cultures of the Caucasus, and typology.

E-mail: 

k.r.bellamy [at] hum.leidenuniv.nl