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Nora Julmi

PhD candidate

N.P. Julmi
+31 71 527 2727

Nora Julmi is a PhD student at the Centre for Linguistics.

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Fields of interest

  • Contact linguistics
  • Historical linguistics
  • Language documentation
  • Linguistic anthropology
  • Phonetics and phonology
  • Typology


My PhD project focuses on various extant and extinct indigenous languages of the Ecuadorian highlands and neighboring regions. This area is particularly interesting for studies of contact and historical linguistics because it seems to be characterized by relatively recent radical changes in the linguistic landscape as well as old contact patterns or shared ancestry. The main goal is to understand and reconstruct the ethnolinguistic and social past of present-day Quichua speakers (particularly from Cañar and Imbabura) and their relations to other indigenous groups. This will be achieved using a combination of traditional and innovative approaches, including interdisciplinary and computational methods. My research is part of the project “South American population history revisited: multidisciplinary perspectives on the Upper Amazon (SAPPHIRE)”, which investigates the complex patterns of linguistic and cultural diversity in Upper Amazonia and the adjacent Andes.

Curriculum Vitae

2016-2019: MA in Linguistics, Department of Comparative Language Science, University of Zurich. Thesis: A phonological description of Cha’palaa

2013-2016: BA in Linguistics, Department of Linguistics, University of Bern. Thesis: Classification of the Quechuan language family

PhD candidate

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Univ Centre for Linguistics


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