Amazonian Linguistics

Cooperating Institutions

This project is made possible with the support of four cooperating instutions: VUCAL, CELIA, the Leiden Centre for Amerindian Studies, and the Universidade Federal do Amazonas.

CELIA (Centre d’Etudes des Langues Indigènes d’Amérique)

CELIA, the centre for the study of indigenous languages of America, is currently headed by Prof. Dr. Francesc Queixalos (director). CELIA integrates 32 people, including ten permanent researchers and six university researchers, among associated researchers from France and abroad. As a research unit, CELIA is part of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) and of the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD). CELIA publishes Amerindia, an important journal in the field of Amerindian linguistics.

LUCL (Leiden University Centre of Linguistics)

The Leiden Centre for Amerindian Studies is part of the research institute Leiden University Center of Linguistics (LUCL) and co-operates closely with the Leiden University Faculty of Archaeology. The director of the Amerindian Languages and Cultures curriculum is Prof. Dr. Willem Adelaar, an international authority in the field of comparative Amerindian linguistics. Program and department members of the group conduct research on descriptive and historical-comparative linguistics of Amerindian languages spoken in Latin America, the Guyanas (Surinam) and the Pacific Northwest (USA, Canada). Of particular interest is the study of endangered languages in South America, with ongoing projects in Surinam and Brazil. Historical-comparative research is directed towards the languages of the Andes, the languages of the Amazon, and the languages of Mesoamerica (e.g. the reconstruction of Classical Maya).

UFAM (Universidade Federal do Amazonas)

Instituto de Ciências Humanas e Letras (ICHL-UFAM) & Departamento de Antropologia of the Instituto de Ciências Humanas e Letras of the Universidade Federal do Amazonas (UFAM)
Recently, Frantomê Pacheco, who has his PhD in indigenous linguistics from the state University of São Paulo in Campinas (UNICAMP), was added to the staff of the UFAM anthropology department to mark the department’s decision to create space for the study of indigenous linguistics. In addition, an educational program was started, headed by Ana Carla Bruno (Nucleo de Pesquisas em Ciências Sociais e Humanas, NPCSH) of the Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia (INPA), which has as one of its objectives, the documentation of the languages and cultures of the indigenous peoples Tenharim, Parintintin, Torá, Diahoi, Mura, Apurinã and Mundurucu. Dr. Frantome Pacheco and Dr. Ana Carla Bruno are professors of the post-graduate programme in social anthroplogy in the area of indigenous ethnology.