Keynote Speakers

Pieter C. Muysken Pieter C. Muysken (Radboud University Nijmegen)

Pieter Muysken (1950) is Academy Professor of Linguistics at Radboud University Nijmegen (Netherlands), having previously taught at Amsterdam and Leiden. He has carried out research and fieldwork in the Andes, Curacao, and the Netherlands. Recent books include Bilingual Speech: A Typology of Code-mixing (2000); Adelaar with Muysken. The Languages of the Andes (2004); Functional Categories (2008); Crevels and Muysken. Lenguas de Bolivia I-IV (2009-2011). His current research is concentrated in the Languages in Contact group in the Centre for Language Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen, where he is studying the effect of language contact at four time scales:

  • 5000 years in South America
  • 500 years in Surinam
  • 50 years in multilingual Netherlands
  • 5 years with Papiamentu- and Turkish-Dutch bilinguals

He is also collaborating with Marianne Gullberg on the interaction of linguistic and processing models for code-switching.

Maria Polinksy Maria Polinsky (Harvard University)

Dr. Maria Polinsky is Professor of Linguistics and Head of the Language Sciences Lab at Harvard University. She has worked in syntactic theory, language universals, and experimental approaches to syntax. Her particular area of interest has to do with incomplete language acquisition as it is reflected in heritage languages. Her current work is divided between theoretical and experimental work on long-distance dependencies, ergativity, island effects, and the morpho-syntactic structure of different heritage languages.