Claire Bowern. PhD, Harvard University, 2004


Dr. Bowern is currently Associate Professor of Linguistics in the Yale University Linguistics Department. Most of her research involves Australian languages, particularly those of the Nyulnyulan and Pama-Nyungan families. More specifically, she complied a comparative database of body part terms and basic vocabulary for as many Pama-Nyungan languages as possible, and she is currently working on data entry and reconstruction. She is also working on descriptive and learner’s materials of Bardi and Yan-nhangu. Her interests include historical linguistics and language change, language documentation and fieldwork on undescribed languages, and typology. She is the lead PI and general coordinator of the Dynamics of Hunter-Gatherer Language Change project.

Selected Publications

Bowern, Claire. (2008) Linguistics Fieldwork: A practical Guide. Palgrave Macmillan.

Morphology and Language History. (2008). Bowern, Claire, Bethwyn Evans and Luisa Miceli (eds.). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Keith Hunley. PhD, University of Michigan, 2002


An Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of New Mexico, Dr. Hunley uses genetics and molecular methods to address anthropological questions. His research interests include modern human origins, the sociopolitical correlates of genetic structure in small-scale populations, genetic and linguistic correspondence, and nature and causes of human biological variation.

Selected Publications

Hunley, Keith, G Cabana, D Merriwether and J Long. (2007). A formal test of linguistic and genetic coevolution in Native Central and South America. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. 132 (4): 622-631

Hunley, Keith, M Dunn, E Lindstršm, G Reesink, A Terrill, H Norton, L Scheinfeldt, F Friedlaender, DA Merriwether, G Koki and J Friedlaender. (2007). Inferring prehistory from genetic, linguistic, and geographic variation. In Genetics, Linguistics, and Culture History in the Southwest Pacific. J Friedlaender (ed). Cambridge. Cambridge University Press.

Hunley, Keith and J Long. (2005). Gene Flow across Linguistic Boundaries in Native North Americans. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 102(5): 1312-7.

Jane Hill. PhD, UCLA, 1966


Jane H. Hill is Regents' Professor of Anthropology and Linguistics at the University of Arizona. She is a specialist on Native American languages, focussing on the Uto-Aztecan family, with fieldwork on Cupeño, Tohono O’odham, and Nahuatl. Her current work focuses on the prehistory of the Uto-Aztecan family, including especially the U-A presence in Mesoamerica, the Southwest, and California. Professor Hill is the author of over 100 books and articles. She has served as President of the Society for Linguistic Anthropology and as President of the American Anthropological Association. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2004 she was awarded the Viking Fund Medal in Anthropology.

Selected Publications

Hill, Jane H. 2001. Proto-Uto-Aztecan: A community of cultivators in central Mexico? American Anthropologist 103 (4):913-34.

Hill, Jane H. 2003. Proto-Uto-Aztecan and the northern devolution. In Peter Bellwood and Colin Renfrew (Eds.), Examining the Farming/Language Dispersal Hypothesis, pp. 331-40. Cambridge: McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research.

Hill, Jane H. 2005. A Grammar of Cupeño. University of California Publications in Linguistics 136. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Hill, Jane H. 2007a. The Proto-Uto-Aztecan Cultivator hypothesis: New linguistic evidence. To appear in Proceedings of 33rd Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society.

2007b. The Zuni language in southwestern areal context. In Zuni Origins: Anthropological Approaches on Multiple Americanist and Southwestern Scales, eds. David A. Gregory and David R. Wilcox, pp. 22-38. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.

Hill, Jane H. 2008a. Northern Uto-Aztecan and Kiowa-Tanoan: Evidence for contact between the proto-languages? International Journal of American Linguistics 74:155-88.

Hill, Jane H. 2008b. Otomanguean loans in the Proto-Uto-Aztecan maize vocabulary? In John D. Bengtson (ed.), In Hot Pursuit of Language in Prehistory: Essays in the four fields of anthropology in honor of Harold Crane Fleming. Philadelphia: John Benjamins.

Patience Epps. PhD, University of Virginia, 2005


Dr. Epps is an Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research interests include documentary and descriptive linguistics, linguistic typology, language contact and language change, and the indigenous languages of Amazonia. She has worked most closely with Hup, a language of the Nadahup (Makú) family of the northwest Amazon. Her work has examined the effects of language contact between the Nadahup peoples and their Tukanoan neighbors, and she is also currently investigating broader areal-typological patterns within Amazonia.

Selected Publications

Epps, Patience. 2008. A Grammar of Hup. (Mouton Grammar Library 43.) Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Epps, Patience. 2007. The Vaupés melting pot: Tukanoan influence on Hup. In Grammars in Contact: A Cross-linguistic Typology, edited by Alexandra Aikhenvald and R.M.W. Dixon, 267-289. Explorations in Linguistic Typology 4, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Epps, Patience. 2006. Growing a numeral system: the historical development of numerals in an Amazonian language family. Diachronica 23:2, 259-288.

Patrick McConvell. PhD, SOAS University of London, 1973


Dr. McConvell has done grammar and dictionary work on Australian Indigenous languages, especially in the west of the Northern Territory, and on the Kimberleys and Pilbara of Western Australia. He is interested in interdisciplinary prehistory, kinship, and the relationship between language, society, and culture. He has also studied linguistic phenomena such as language maintenance, creole formation, and code switching (and the effects of these on language acquisition).

Selected Publications

McConvell, Patrick and Kazuko Obata. (2006). A higher order of kinship semantics:  Trirelational kinship terms and kin-based pronouns in Australia.  Poster presented at the Third Oxford-Kobe Linguistics Seminar: The linguistics of endangered languages. Kobe, Japan, 2--5 April 2006.

McConvell, Patrick and M. Florey. (2005). Language shift, code-mixing and variation. Australian Journal of Linguistics, Vol. 25, No. 1 (Special Issue).

McConvell, Patrick and F. Meakins. (2005). Gurindji Kriol: A mixed language emerges from code-switching. Australian Journal of Linguistics, Vol. 25, No.1, pp. 9-30.

McConvell, Patrick. (2004). A short ride in a time machine: Linguistics, culture history and Native Title in Toussaint, S. (ed.): Crossing Boundaries: Cultural, legal, historical and practice issues in Native Title. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.

McConvell, Patrick and M. Laughren. (2004). Ngumpin-Yapa Languages, in H. Koch and C. Bowern (eds): Australian Languages: Reconstruction and Subgrouping. Amsterdam: Benjamins.

McConvell, Patrick and M. Smith. (2003). Millers and mullers: The archaeolinguistic stratigraphy of seed-grinding in Central Australia, in H. Andersen (ed.): Language Contacts in Prehistory: Studies in Stratigraphy. Amsterdam: Benjamins.

John W. (Jack) Ives. PhD, University of Michigan, 1985


Dr. Ives is the Executive Director of the Institute of Prairie Archeology of the University of Alberta. His interests lie in Plains, Subarctic, and Northeast Asian prehistory (Palaeolithic, Jin Dynasty), archaeological theory (kinship and economic organization), and Public Archaeology. With linguist Sally Rice, he has explored Athapaskan language family history, developing a comparative lexicon to reveal more about Apachean origins in Canada. He is currently investigating the Promontory Caves archaeological collections (Utah Museum of Natural History) for traces of Apachean presence. From 1979-2007, Ives served with the Archaeological Survey of Alberta, the Royal Alberta Museum, and the Historic Resources Management Branch, with senior management responsibilities as Alberta’s Provincial Archaeologist for 21 years, and extensive cross-ministry experience in Aboriginal policy initiatives (including leading the drafting team for Canada’s only repatriation legislation, the First Nations Sacred Ceremonial Objects Repatriation Act of Alberta). He has undertaken executive and curatorial roles in developing the World Heritage Site of Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, the Royal Alberta Museum’s Gallery of Aboriginal Culture and international exhibitions (Rise of the Black Dragon)Ives is the recipient of the University of Michigan’s Distinguished Dissertation Award and three Alberta Premier’s Awards.

Selected Publications

             Ives, John W., 2008, Review of Athapaskan Migrations. The Archaeology of Eagle Lake, British Columbia, by R. G. Matson and Martin P. R. Magne. University of Arizona Press.Canadian Journal of Archaeology 32:153-159.

Ives, John W., 2006, 13,001 Years Ago—Human Beginnings in Alberta. In Alberta Formed—Alberta Transformed, edited by Michael Payne, Don Wetherell, and Cathy Cavanaugh, Volume 1, pp. 1-34.  Calgary/Edmonton:  University of Calgary/University of Alberta Presses.

Ives, John W., 2003, Alberta, Athapaskans and Apachean Origins. In Archaeology in Alberta, A View from the New Millennium, edited by Jack W. Brink and John F. Dormaar, pp. 256-289. Medicine Hat, Alberta: The Archaeological Society of Alberta.

Peck, Trevor R. and John W. Ives, 2001, Late Side-Notched Projectile Points in the Northwestern Plains. Plains Anthropologist 46(176):163-193.

                               Ives, John W., 1999, Rise of the Black Dragon. Provincial Museum of Alberta. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Ives, John W., 1998, Developmental processes in the Pre-Contact History of Athapaskan, Algonquian and Numic kin systems. In Transformations of Kinship, the Round Table: Dravidian, Iroquois and Crow-Omaha Kinship Systems, edited by Maurice Godelier Thomas R. Trautmann, and Franklin Tjon Sie Fat, pp. 94-139. Washington and London: Smithsonian Institution Press.

             Ives, John W., 1990 A Theory of Northern Athapaskan Prehistory. Boulder, Colorado/Calgary, Alberta: Westview Press/University of Calgary Press.

Russell Gray. PhD, University of Auckland


Dr. Gray’s current research spans four areas: language evolution, animal cognition, avian evolution, and philosophy of biology. The work on language evolution focuses on the application of phylogenetic methods to questions about human prehistory. The research on animal cognition uses the New Caledonian crow as a model for examining debates about the links between tool manufacture, cognition and cultural evolution. The work on avian evolution uses phylogenetic methods to answer questions origin of groups like penguins and Pelecaniforms and the evolution of their behaviour. His research on the philosophy of biology has focused on the nature/nurture debate and the role developmental systems play in evolution. Dr. Gray’s work in all these apparently disparate areas is united by a strong emphasis on evolutionary thinking and principles.

Selected Publications

Gray, R.D. (2005). Pushing the time barrier in the quest for language roots. Science, 309, 2007-2008.

Gray, R.D. & Atkinson, Q. (2003). Language-tree divergence times support the Anatolian theory of Indo-European origins. Nature, 426, 435-439.

Gray, R.D. & F.M. Jordan. (2000). Language trees support the express-train sequence of Austronesian expansion. Nature, 405, 1052-1055.

Greenhill, S.J., Blust, R. and Gray, R.D. (2008). The Austronesian Basic Vocabulary Database: From bioinformatics to lexomics. Evolutionary Bioinformatics, 4, 271–283.

O’Brien, M. J., Lyman, R. L., Collard, M., Holden, C. J., Gray, R. D. and Shennan, S. J. (2008). Phylogenetics and the evolution of cultural diversity. In: Cultural Transmission and Archaeology: Issues and Case Studies, M. J. O’Brien (ed), Society for American Archaeology Press, Washington, D.C., pp. 39-58.

Nicholls, G.K. and Gray, R.D. (2008). Dated ancestral trees from binary trait data and its application to the diversification of languages. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Series B, 70(3), 545–566.

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