Willem F. H. Adelaar

Professor of Amerindian Languages and Cultures at Leiden University. He has conducted extensive field research on different varieties of Quechua and on the minor languages of the Andes. He has also worked on the genetic relations of South American languages of the Andes and the Amazonian region, and of Mesoamerica, on linguistic typology, contact and areal linguistics, and has been involved in international activities addressing the issue of language endangerment. His further areas of expertise cover oral literature and cultural history of Native American peoples, and the interface of linguistic studies with archaeological and historical research. His publications include Tarma Quechua (1977) and a comprehensive volume The Languages of the Andes (2004) of which he is the main author.

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