Suzanne van der Meer
After a year of reading grammars of African languages, Suzanne is now working on getting her MA degree in Linguistics from Leiden University. Her main interests are linguistic typology and descriptive linguistics, in the broadest sense.

First language: Nederlands 

Hedvig Skirgård
Hedvig is Swedish and has a name that never fails to generate a mention of the great works of JK Rowling. It is actually a compound of two Germanic roots, both meaning "war/battle". This means that a ‘Hedvig’ is someone who fights, a valkyria/shieldmaiden. This is something she likes to point out in a very serious manner when the owl is brought up for the nth time.

She did her MA in General linguistics at Stockholm University and is interested in grammatical typology, contact linguistics and linguistic complexity. She used to work at the MPI Nijmegen on a grammatical survey of African languages. She is currently a PhD student at ANU in Canberra, Australia. You can read more about the project she's in here. She also has a web page here and can be reached at hedvig.public {snabel-a}

First language: Swedish

For Hedvig's posts click here.

Nik Rolle
Nik is a PhD student at the University of California, Berkeley, who is very interested in the syntax and phonology of West African languages, especially those of Southern Nigeria. He claims Prussian ancestry, grew up in the Rust Belt of America, compulsively collects vinyl records, and likes to bike. A lot. 

He finished his M.A at the University of Toronto, presenting an analysis of Esan subject markers as referential pronouns. Find him at

First language: English

Jeremy Collins no information up yet
First language: English

You can find Jeremy's posts here.

Siva Kalyan
Siva is a PhD student at Northumbria University and visitor at the ANU. He works on describing grammar in terms of information structure, as well as on developing computational methods for historical linguistics (non-treelike representations of language families) and typology (automated language sampling).

He enjoys rederiving his name (and others’) into different branches of Indo-European, even though Vedic śiváḥ may not be of Indo-European origin.

First language: spoken Tamil
Dominant language (age 4 onwards): English

You can find Siva's posts here.

Jesse Stewart 

Jesse is an Assistant Professor at the University of Saskatchewan. His primary area of research looks at questions pertaining to the production and perception of phonemic conflict sites in mixed languages; specifically relating to Media Lengua (Ecuador). As of late, he's dabbling in the perception and production of other mixed languages as well; specifically Michif (Canada) and Gurindji-Kriol (Australia). In addition, he's currently working on new ways of measuring nasality. In the past, he's worked on discourse analyses of ASL disfluencies and sign lengthening. He thinks he does other stuff as well, but can't remember what exactly.

Jesse enjoys writing about himself in third person and wishes he had more time to blog. He also wishes he knew more about typology, but, luckily for him, everyone else on this blog seems to have him covered. In his free time he's probably procrastinating from work. His musings can be found here.

First language: English

Annemarie Verkerk 

Annemarie did her PhD at the MPI in Nijmegen, and is currently a postdoc at the University of Reading. She originally fell in love with linguistics during a lecture by Leon Stassen on Altaic in 2004, and has enjoyed reading grammars more or less since. She has a website here. 

First language: Nederlands
You can find Annemarie's posts here.

Hilário de Sousa

Hilário studied linguistics at Auckland and Sydney, and has since had a number of postdocs in Europe. He wrote a reference grammar of Menggwa Dla (Papuan), and is in the process of renewing the Menggwa Dla reference grammar, and writing a reference grammar of Nanning Pinghua (Sinitic). Both are under-documented and disappearing. One is spoken on both sides of a sometimes-politically-unstable border, where there is no road/ navigable river/ electricity/ running water/ internet/ mobile phone coverage, and the other is spoken in a place with underground trains and high-speed rail.

He has too many interests within linguistics. His views on morpho-syntax are mostly functional-typological oriented, and he is also interested in various formal phonological theories. Another things that he enjoys is semantic typology.
As for his e-mail address: replace the first dot with an arroba.


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