Nicholas Q. Emlen

Nicholas Emlen

Dr. Emlen is a postdoctoral researcher in historical linguistics at LUCL. He received his Ph.D. in linguistic anthropology from the University of Michigan in 2014. His research focuses on the linguistic, social, economic, and historical relationships between the Andes and Amazonia, and on interregional multilingual networks in Western South America. His doctoral research, based on 19 month of fieldwork in the forested hills connecting the Andean highlands and Amazonian lowlands of Southern Peru, examined a situation of complex language contact between Quechua, Matsigenka, and Spanish that has arisen from the recent expansion of the coffee frontier into the lowland forests. Dr. Emlen also has research interests in metapragmatics, language ideologies, language as social action, semiotics, and the genetic and contact history of Western South American languages, including the Quechuan family, the Aymaran family, Pukina, and the Kampan Arawak languages. Within the Linguistic Past of Mesoamerica and the Andes project, he will work on reconstructions of Proto-Quechuan and Proto-Aymaran, investigate the short- and long-distance external relations of these families, conduct further research on the status of the extinct Pukina language, and continue to explore the linguistic relationships linking the Andes and Amazonia.

Ph.D. Linguistic Anthropology, University of Michigan, 2014
M.A. Linguistic Anthropology, University of Michigan, 2010
B.A. Anthropology-Linguistics, Brown University, 2003


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