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Kate Bellamy

Educational and Research Staff member

Name
Dr. K.R. Bellamy
Telephone
+31 71 527 6420
E-mail
k.r.bellamy@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Fields of interest

  • The evolution of language and culture
  • Linguistic anthropology
  • The languages of Mesoamerica
  • Historical linguistics
  • The languages of the Caucasus
  • Typology

Research

I am part of the ERC project 'The Linguistic Past of Mesoamerica and the Andes: A search for early migratory relations between North and South America'. My PhD project focuses on Purépecha (previously known as Tarascan), a language isolate spoken by around 100,000 people in the state of Michoacán, western Mexico. I aim to contextualise prehistoric and early modern interaction between Purépecha and other languages of Mesoamerica and South America, through linguistic studies of lexical and structural borrowing as well as interdisciplinary work that integrates findings from archaeology, anthropology and genetics with linguistic data. I also offer a more synchronic areal perspective on Purépecha through, in particular, the language of perception. 

Curriculum vitae

  • 2012-2013 
    Research Assistant, Evolutionary Processes in Language and Culture Research Group, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen 
  • 2010-2012 
    Research Master in Linguistics: Structure and Variation in Languages of the World, Leiden University 
  • 2010-2012 
    Student Assistant, Evolutionary Processes in Language and Culture Research Group, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen 
  • 2009-2010 
    Project Coordinator, Université de la Grande Région, University of Luxembourg 
  • 2005-2009 
    Research Officer/Senior Analyst, UK National Recognition and Information Centre, Cheltenham 
  • 2000-2004 
     BA (Hons) Modern and Medieval Languages, University of Cambridge

Educational and Research Staff member

  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
  • Leiden Univ Centre for Linguistics
  • LUCL TCIA

Work address

P.N. van Eyckhof 2
2311 BV Leiden
Room number 2.04b

Contact

Publications

  • Opgenomen in intern register

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