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Name: Søren  K. Wichmann
Institution: Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
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Homepage: http://email.eva.mpg.de/~wichmann/
State and/or Country: Germany   
Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Language Documentation
Writing Systems
Anthropological Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Tlapanec, Azoyú
Language Family(ies): Mayan
Selected Publications: Books:
The Relationship among the Mixe-Zoquean Languages of Mexico (University of Utah Press, 1995)
Cuentos y colorados en popoluca de Texistepec (Reitzels Forlag, 1996)
Diccionario analítico del popoluca de Texistepec (UNAM, 2003)
The Linguistics of Maya Writing (University of Utah Press, 2005)
Announced on LINGUIST :  Studies in Voice and Transitivity (Estudios de voz y transitividad)
 The Typology of Semantic Alignment
 Temporal Stability of Linguistic Typological Features
 Quantitative Approaches to Linguistic Diversity
Courses Taught: Mayan hieroglyphs, Nahuatl, Mesoamerican culture history, areal linguistics, etc.
Reviewer of: Sociolinguistics: Niemeier & Dirven, eds. (2000) (LL Issue 12.1123)
Academic Paper Abstract: On the power-law distribution of language family sizes
A computer simulation of language families

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