Willem F.H. Adelaar#

Willem F.H. Adelaar
Membership Number:5085
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:THE NETHERLANDS

Present and Previous Positions

  • 2016 - 2018 Local PI in ERC Twinning project Engaged Humanities (cooperation with University of Warsaw and SOAS, London)
  • 2012 - 2017 Director and principal investigator of ERC Advanced project “The Linguistic Past of Mesoamerica and the Andes" (cooperation with Max Planck Institute EVA, Leipzig, and Oxford University)
  • 2002, 04-07 Visiting Fellow Research Centre for Linguistic Typology, La Trobe University, Victoria (Australia)
  • 1999 - 2000 Resident-fellow of NIAS (Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study of the Humanities and Social Sciences), Wassenaar
  • 1996 - 1998 Member of the directory board and vice-dean of the Faculty of Arts, Leiden University
  • 1994 - 2017 Full professor of Languages and Cultures of Indigenous America, Leiden University
  • 1985 - 1990 Directory board of the Foundation of Linguistics of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, The Hague
  • 1978 - 1993 Senior lecturer in Amerindian linguistics in the department of Comparative Linguistics, Leiden University
  • 1971 - 1978 Lecturer in the departments of General, resp. Comparative linguistics, Leiden University
  • 1970 - 1971 Grantee of the Netherlands Organization for Pure Scientific Research (ZWO) for field research on Quechua in Peru

Fields of Scholarship
  • Language description (phonology, grammar, semantics, lexicon)
  • Digital transcription and interpretation of unpublished handwritten sources on Amazonian languages
  • Areal typology
  • Historical linguistics and linguistic reconstruction
  • Language endangerment
  • Andean languages (Aymara, Mapudungun, Mochica, Pukina, Quechua, other minor languages)
  • Amazonian languages (Guaraní, Harakmbut, Katukina, Amuesha, Chiquitano, Jê languages)
  • Interface of linguistics, archaeology and human population genetics
  • Language contact
  • Mesoamerican languages (Mayan)

Honours and Awards
  • 2017 Honorary Member of the Linguistic Society of America
  • 2014 Knight of the Order of the Netherlands Lion
  • 2011 ERC Advanced Grant "The Linguistic Past of Meso-America and the Andes".
  • 2011 Honorary Professor of the Academic Department of Humanities, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima, Peru
  • 2007 Doctor Honoris Causa, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Peru

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