Dr. E.B. (Eithne) Carlin

  • Lecturer
  • cariban arawakan languages cultures guiana

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2624
E-Mail: e.b.carlin@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Univ Centre for Linguistics, LUCL TCIA
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
P.N. van Eyckhof 2
2311 BV Leiden
Room number 1.02c
Personal Homepage: www.eithnecarlin.nl

Homepage of Eithne Carlin


Cariban and Arawakan languages and cultures in the greater Guiana region native American philosophies; morphology, semantics; cognitive linguistics; anthropological linguistics, the interface and correlation between language and culture; descriptive linguistics, endangered languages and cultures; shamanism

Key publications

  • ‘Feeling the need: The borrowing of Cariban functional categories into Mawayana (Arawak)’. (2006). In: Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald and R.M.W. Dixon (eds.) Grammars in Contact: A cross-linguistic perspective’, Explorations in Linguistic Typology, Vol. 4. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 313-32.
  • [with co-editor Grazyna J. Rowicka), (2006). What’s in a verb? Studies in the verbal morphology of the languages of the Americas. Utrecht: LOT, Occasional Series, pp.252.
  • A Grammar of Trio, a Cariban Language of Suriname. (2004). Duisburg Papers on Research in Language and Culture, 55, Frankfurt etc.: Peter Lang, pp. 549.
  • ‘The experiencer role in the expression of mental states and activities in Trio’. (2003) Amerindia (Paris), 28:161-182.
  • [with co-editor Jacques Arends], Atlas of the Languages of Suriname. (2002). Leiden and Kingston: KITLV Press and Ian Randle Publishers, pp. 345.
  • ‘Of Riches and Rhetoric: Language in Suriname. (2001). In: Rosemarijn Hoefte and Peter Meel (eds.), 20th Century Suriname: Continuities and Discontinuities in a New World Society. Kingston and Leiden: Ian Randle Publishers and KITLV Press, pp.220-243

Other publications can be found under 'Published work' (top page).

Teaching activities

The structure of Trio; Languages of the Guianas; Oral traditions of the Amerindians of the Guianas.


Born in Northern Ireland, studied Irish and German at Trinity College Dublin, and German language and literature at several German universities. 

Degrees held: Ph.D. in Linguistics in 1993 from the University of Cologne, Germany, with a thesis on a moribund language of Uganda, “The So Language”, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Hans-Jürgen Sasse. B.A. (Hons) and M.A. from Trinity College Dublin in German and Irish.  

Besides general linguistics, I have work experience in African linguistics, clinical neurolinguistics, and Amerindian linguistics. I have been working on the Amerindian languages of the Guianas (Cariban and Arawakan) since 1996.

Last Modified: 11-12-2015