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Ivan Roksandic (PhD University of British Columbia) is a broadly trained linguist with a background in archaeology, epigraphy, history of script, and mythopoeia. His current research deals with indigenous languages of South America, specifically with Arawakan and Chibchan language families. He is interested in problems such as the subdivisions of Arawakan family and the spread of Arawakan languages across northeastern portion of South America. Furthermore, combining linguistic and archaeological lines of research, he explores the patterns of successive migrations and colonization of the Caribbean islands and the linguistic heritage of different pre-Colombian ethnic groups as expressed in the toponymy of this region.

His other field of study concerns itself with the influence of, and complex interrelations between, mythology and folk traditions, on one hand, and literature, written history, and cultural heritage of specific ethnic groups, on the other.

Recent publications include The Ouroboros Seizes Its Tale: Strategies of Mythopoeia in Narrative Fiction (2010), and Cuban Archaeology in the Circum-Caribbean Context (2016). He is currently working on the Dictionary of Pre-Columbian Place Names in the Caribbean.


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