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The Linguistic Past of Mesoamerica and the Andes: A search for early migratory relations between North and South America

Objective

The aim of the project is to unravel the genetic and contact relations between the indigenous languages of Mesoamerica (Mexico and western Central America) and the Middle Andes region (Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia), as part of a larger endeavour to understand the historical process of the peopling of the Americas as a whole. The deep genetic links between the two regions will be investigated by systematically comparing pairs of languages and language phyla between which no genetic or contact relation has been established before. The project seeks to identify pre-colonial linguistic connections at two levels of antiquity: (i) commonly inherited similarities related to the earliest migrations, and (ii) similarities due to secondary contact between the two regions after they had developed a relatively high population density.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/social problems/migration
  • /humanities/languages and literature/languages - general

Call for proposal

ERC-2011-ADG_20110406
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Funding Scheme

ERC-AG - ERC Advanced Grant

Host institution

UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN
Address
Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden
Netherlands
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 2 390 490
Principal investigator
Willem F.H. Adelaar (Prof.)
Administrative Contact
Andien Vaes (Ms.)

Beneficiaries (3)

UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 2 390 490
Address
Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Principal investigator
Willem F.H. Adelaar (Prof.)
Administrative Contact
Andien Vaes (Ms.)
MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV

Participation ended

Germany
EU contribution
€ 136 922
Address
Hofgartenstrasse 8
80539 Munich
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Alexander Otte
THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 73 200
Address
Wellington Square University Offices
OX1 2JD Oxford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gill Wells (Ms.)