Since December 2012 Matthias Pache is investigating the languages of the Intermediate Area and their external relations in the MesAndLin(g)k project with a special focus on Chibchan languages. His work centers on the reconstruction of elements of Proto-Chibchan and their subsequent comparison with respective elements of other indigenous languages of the Americas. Matthias received his M.A. degrees in Anthropology of the Americas (2007) and in Psychology (2009) at the University of Bonn and a maîtrise in Contemporanean Societies – Europe-Americas at the University of Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle (2006). From 2009 to 2012 he has been teaching Mapudungun and Aymara at the University of Bonn besides working as a school psychologist. Since 2004 he has undertaken several fieldwork trips to South America. Beyond the languages of the Intermediate Area his research interests include historical linguistics, linguistic reconstruction, language contact in the Americas, descriptive linguistics, and Andean languages and cultures (Aymara, Uru-Chipaya, Quechua, and Mapuche).
PhD Student, Chibchan languages / external relations of the Intermediate area
m.j.pache [at] hum.leidenuniv.nl