Dr. N.Q. (Nicholas) Emlen

  • Researcher

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 3678
E-Mail: n.q.emlen@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Univ Centre for Linguistics, LUCL postdoc
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
P.N. van Eyckhof 2
2311 BV Leiden
Room number 2.05b

Fields of interest

  • Linguistic anthropology
  • Language contact
  • Historical linguistics
  • Ethnographic approaches to multilingualism
  • Semiotics
  • Agricultural frontiers


My research focuses on the linguistic, social, economic, and historical relationships that link the Andes and Amazonia. My doctoral research examined a situation of complex language contact between Quechua, Matsigenka, and Spanish in a small trilingual community on the Andean-Amazonian coffee frontier of Southern Peru. At LUCL I am part of the Linguistic Past of Mesoamerica and the Andes project (http://mesandlingk.eu/), where I am working on reconstructions of Proto-Quechuan and Proto-Aymaran, investigating the short- and long-distance external relations of these families, researching the status of the extinct Pukina language, and continuing to explore the linguistic relationships that connect the Andes and Amazonia.

Teaching activities

  • Topics in South American linguistics
  • Language contact
  • Linguistic anthropology

Curriculum vitae

  • Ph.D. Linguistic Anthropology, University of Michigan, 2014
  • M.A. Linguistic Anthropology, University of Michigan, 2010
  • B.A. Anthropology-Linguistics, Brown University, 2003

Last Modified: 11-12-2015