My interests lie in the documentation of under-described languages in Eastern Indonesia and the Amazon. I am primarily interested in the evolution and maintenance of linguistic systems.
My research is part of the bigger NWO project entitled 'Reconstructing the past through the languages of the present: The Lesser Sunda Islands', lead by Marian Klamer. I focus on the process of language shift taking place in a coastal Abui village in the Eastern Indonesian island of Alor. The local Papuan language, Abui, is threatened by the prominence of local Malay, a process not only alternating the mode of communication amongst youngsters but also changing the make up of the Abui spoken by people below 40. I focus on several of the areas most affected by contact with Malay such as lexical semantics, possession, semantic alignment, and aspect, to name but a few.
MA Linguistics @ Radboud University Nijmegen (2014)
Thesis: A Grammar sketch of Shuar: With a focus on the verb phrase (Supervisors: Pieter Muysken & Simeon Floyd)
BA Liberal Arts & Sciences @ University College Utrecht (2010)
Thesis: It's Kili time, make the most of it: A report on village banking in Marangu, Tanzania