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South American population history revisited: multidisciplinary perspectives on the Upper Amazon

Project description

Linguistic diversity as a window to the past

The Upper Amazon in western South America is a microcosm of linguistic diversity. As such it provides a unique natural laboratory for scientists studying the sociological dynamics that influence the evolution of linguistic diversity. The EU-funded SAPPHIRE project aims to uncover socio-historical factors that led to the observed diversity patterns by analysing (mis)matches between traces of history in the geographical, genetic, ethnographic, and linguistic records. This will allow the reconstruction of past events, such as migrations, language shifts and trade. Ultimately, the project will further our understanding of the development and maintenance of linguistic diversity and increase its potential in helping scientists gain insight into the interaction between ecology and human behaviour.

Call for proposal

ERC-2018-COG
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Host institution

UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN
Address
Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 993 378

Beneficiaries (1)

UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 1 993 378
Address
Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments