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5Dr. Søren Wichmann was a short-term fellow at the center and is based at the University of Leiden, where he is co-investigator of the project The Linguistic Past of Mesoamerica and the Andes (MESANDLIN(G)K), funded by the European Research Council. Dr. Wichmann was born in 1964 in Copenhagen, studied a B.A. in English at Honor’s College, University of Oregon (1982-83), received an M.A. in Comparative Literature at the University of Copenhagen in 1992, and a Ph.D. from the same institution in Native American Languages and Cultures in 1996. Before Tübingen and Leiden, he held appointments at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, the University of California at Santa Barbara, the University of Copenhagen, the Danish Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, and the Universidad de Sonora. Wichmann specializes in the writing systems and native languages of Mesoamerica, in particular the languages Tlapanec (Otomanguean), Ch’orti’ (Mayan), Texistepec Popoluca and Mixean (Mixe-Zoquean), and Nahuatl (Uto-Aztecan). His research is oriented towards language history and tends to draw in the wider cultural context of the languages studied. Most recently, he has been engaged in cross-disciplinary oriented research on world linguistic prehistory.


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