Rik van Gijn

My research focuses on the languages of South America, ranging from description to typology. My PhD (Radboud University Nijmegen) and subsequent DoBeS documentation project (MPI Nijmegen) focused on the description of Yurakaré, an isolate language spoken in central Bolivia. After that I carried out a comparative project on subordination strategies in the languages of South America, sponsored by NWO (Radboud University Nijmegen), and formed part of the Languages in Contact (LinC) group. Between 2012 and 2016 I formed part of the project "Islands in an ocean of polysynthesis" which aims at describing and comparing languages in South America with respect to their morphological profile. From 2016 I am part of the SNF Sinergia Project Linguistic Morphology in Time and Space, which studies the diachronic development of morphological structure in several different geographical and genealogical contexts.