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Pieter Muysken

WP 5 Language evolution and diversity

Pieter Muysken is professor of Linguistics at Radboud University Nijmegen.

His research focuses on the ways of human languages interact, and the contact-induced language change that results from this interaction. As one of the first Muysken different formal  models of language to study these processes of contact. He has done fieldwork in the Andes, the Caribbean, as well as with bilingual groups in the Netherlands.

Pieter Muysken has been involved in a number of projects trying to communicate research to a wider audience, most recently through the website Stemmen van Afrika. He was also involved in producing a four volume series of grammars in Spanish on the indigenous languages of Bolivia, www.ru.nl/lenguasdebolivia.

He is currently coordinating WP5. As a participating PI, his contribution to WP5 of Language in Interaction is based on his interest in language diversity and language change under different circumstances. Pieter Muysken also tries to build bridges between different subdisciplines in Linguistics and the research programme of Language in Interaction.

 For more information on Pieter Muysken, please visit his www.ru.nl/linc.