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Luis Miguel Rojas Berscia

WP 5 Language evolution and diversity

Luis Miguel Rojas Berscia (Lima 1991) is a Peruvian linguist, holding a Licentiate degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru (PUCP) with a thesis on the syntax and semantics of causative constructions in Balsapuerto Shawi and a MA from Radboud University Nijmegen with a thesis based on a thorough description of the Selk'nam language.

His research hoists from two axes: linguistic theory and grammatical description. He is currently working on the development of an ontological theory of language and languages (Memetic Linguistics), and on the description and revitalisation of some South American languages: Shawi (Kawapanan), Munichi (isolate), Munichis Quechua (Quechuan) and Selk'nam (Chonan).

Luis Miguel Berscia has been involved in projects related to language and education in Peru and is currently supervising the development of a Selk'nam dictionary for the Chilean audience with the only remnant semi-speaker of this language, Keyuk Yanten.

He is currently working within WP5 of Language in Interaction, mainly doing research on the perception of variation in small Shawi communities in the Upper Amazon. This research is fieldwork-based and will account for both internal variation (within communities of the same language) and external variation (in cases of multilingualism or contact with languages such as Lamas Quechua (Quechuan), Aguaruna (Jivaroan), Candoshi (Candoan) Chamicuro (Arawakan), Muniche (isolate), Shiwilu (Kawapanan), and Munichis Quechua (Quechuan)).

More information on Luis Miguel's PhD project.