Matthias Urban recieved his MA in 2008 from the University of Cologne and subsequently held a doctoral stipend at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig from 2009-2011; the resulting thesis on lexical typology was defended in 2012 at Leiden University. Within this project, his primary task will be to assess possible evidence for connections between languages from Mesoamerica down to the Middle Andes. This involves the search for relationships of a genealogical nature by application of the comparative method of historical linguistics and, informed by language contact theory, also possible secondary lexical and grammatical convergence due to prehistoric language contact. A focus will be on languages spoken on or near the Pacific rim, and languages that went extinct in post-Columbian times will receive due attention where data permit.
m.urban [at] hum.leidenuniv.nl