5 Søren Wichmann - Curriculum Vitae
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søren wichmann


Curriculum Vitae

Place/date of birth: Copenhagen, 1964
Present position: Senior Scientist, Dept. of Linguistics, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (since April 2009)

Professional career

Fall 1995

Visiting Scholar, Linguistics Dept., University of California, Santa Barbara

Spring 1996

Part-time teacher, Dept. of Native American Languages and Cultures, University of Copenhagen

1996-2000

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Native American Languages and Cultures, University of Copenhagen

2000-2001

Senior Researcher, Danish Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities

2001-2002

Visiting Professor, Departamento de Letras y Lingüística, Universidad de Sonora

2002-2005

Associate Research Professor, Dept. of General and Applied Linguistics, University of Copenhagen

2003

Visiting Professor, Departamento de Letras y Lingüística, Universidad de Sonora (Nov. 9-18)

2003-2009

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Linguistics, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig

2005-2008

Assistant Professor, Languages and Cultures of Indian America, Leiden University

2007-2011

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Faculty of Archaeology, Leiden University

2014

Visiting Professor, Faculty of Philology, Kazan Federal University (Febr. 1-May 9)

2009-2015

Senior Scientist, Department of Linguistics, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig


University Education

1982-1983

Coursework toward a B.A. in English, Honor’s College, University of Oregon

1985

B.A. in Comparative Literature, University of Copenhagen

1987-1992

Studies at Dept. of Native American Languages and Cultures and Dept. of Linguistics (University of Copenhagen)

1992

M.A. in Comparative Literature, University of Copenhagen. "The Relationship between the Mixe-Zoquean Languages of Mexico."

1993

Coursework at 1993 Linguistic Institute, The Ohio State University

1996

Ph.D. in Native American Languages and Cultures, University of Copenhagen. "Description and Typology of Some Grammatical Categories in Azoyú Tlapanec."


Courses taught (longer-term host institutions in bold)

2014

Kazan Federal University:

  • Quantitative methods in linguistics (12 lectures, March-April)

IMPRS Human Origins (An international Max Planck research school):

  • Computational historical linguistics (1 lecture)

2013

IMPRS Human Origins (An international Max Planck research school):

  • The Automated Similarity Judgment Program (1 lecture)

2012

IMPRS Human Origins (An international Max Planck research school):

  • The Automated Similarity Judgment Program (1 lecture)

2011

16th European Maya Conference (Copenhagen):

  • Advanced Workshop on Nahuatl writing (with Alfonso Lacadena; 4 days)

IMPRS Neurocom (An international Max Planck research school):

  • Typological distributions (3 lectures)

2010

3L International Summer School on Language Documentation and Description, Leiden:

  • Introduction to the Tlapanec language (5 days)

2005-9

Leiden University:

  • Introduction to Nahuatl I-III
  • Introduction to Ch’orti’ I-II
  • Introduction to Maya Hieroglyphs I
  • Writing systems
  • Mesoamerican languages (one block)
  • Overview of Mesoamerican cultures
  • Tlapanec (part of linguistics structure course)

2008

13th European Maya Conference (Paris):

  • Classic Maya Grammar - Possessive expressions in Maya hieroglyphic texts and relevant extant Mayan languages (4 days, with Alfonso Lacadena and Albert Davletshin)

2007

Vigésima séptima semana de vida y lengua mixes:

  • Advanced Mixe (July 31-August 3, 2007)

2006

Kulturarvens Forskerskole, Copenhagen:

  • Contribution on Mesoamerican writing and other symbolic communication to the course "Visuel Viden? En perspektivering af aflæsning og tolkning af kulturgenstande som nonverbal viden" (May 2, 2006)

Leipzig Spring School on Linguistic Diversity:

  • New approaches to language and prehistory from typology, genetics, and quantitative linguistics (March 20-21 & 23-24)

2003

Depto. de Letras y Lingüística, Universidad de Sonora:

  • Introduction to areal-typological linguistics (9 days intensive course, in Spanish

Preceding the Fifth World Archaeological Congress, Washington:

  • Nahuatl writing (1 day workshop, with Alfonso Lacadena, assisted by Marc Zender)

2002

7th European Maya Conference (London):

  • Classic Maya grammar (advanced workshop, 3 days, with Alfonso Lacadena)

2001

Depto. de Letras y Lingüística, Universidad de Sonora:

  • The dynamics of language in Eastern Mesoamerica during the first millenium A.D. (one semester seminar, in Spanish)

1999

4th European Maya Conference (Copenhagen):

  • Classic Maya grammar (advanced workshop, 3 days)

1996

Museo Goeldi, Belem, Pará, Brazil:

  • Intensive course on comparative linguistics (3 days)

1994-1999

Dept. of Native American Languages and Cultures, University of Copenhagen:

  • Structure and history of (Mesoamerican) studies
  • Nahuatl linguistics
  • Maya writing
  • Yucatec Maya linguistics
  • Native languages and cultures of the Americas
  • History and culture of the Aztecs
  • The Mesoamerican ballgame
  • 16th and 17th century sources on the Yucatec Maya
  • 16th and 17th century sources on the Native Peoples of Colonial Mexico
  • The Maya

Refereeing etc.

  • Project referee for U. S. National Science Foundation (ten, 1994-)
  • Remote referee for ERC,  the European Research Council (two, 2008-)
  • Project referee for Agence Nationale de la Recherche, the French Research Council (one, 2012)
  • Project referee for FWO Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek - Vlaanderen (one, 2012)
  • Project referee for ELDP (one, 2014)
  • Project referee for Swiss National Science Foundation (one, 2010)
  • Project referee for CONACyT, the Mexican Research Council (one, 2001)
  • Special researcher (consultant) for Institute for Asian and American Studies, Dankook University, Seoul, South Korea) (2007-)
  • Consultant for Den Store Danske Encyclopædi - Danmarks Nationalleksikon (1999-2001)
  • Occasional referee for the following journals and publishers (* = on more than one occasion):
    • Multidisciplinary Journals:
    • *Advances in Complex Systems
    • *Journal of the Royal Society Interface
    • Nature
    • *Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Series B
    • *PLoS ONE
    • *Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S.A.
    • Science

    • Linguistics journals:
    • Acta Linguistica Hafniensia
    • Amerindia
    • *Anthropological Linguistics
    • *Diachronica
    • *International Journal of American Linguistics
    • Journal of Greek Linguistics
    • Journal of Historical Linguistics
    • Journal of Language Contact
    • *Journal of Linguistics
    • *Language
    • Language and Linguistics in Melanesia
    • Leeds Working Papers in Linguistics & Phonetics
    • Lingua
    • Linguistic Typology
    • Linguistics
    • *Morphology
    • Oceanic Linguistics
    • Studies in Language
    • Tidsskrift for sprogforskning
    • Transactions of the Philological Society

    • Physics journals:
    • Europhysics Letters
    • International Journal of Modern Physics C
    • *Physica A

    • Computer science journals:
    • *Computational Methods in Science and Technology
    • *Computer Speech and Language

    • Anthropology journals:
    • Current Anthropology
    • Food, Culture and Society
    • Tidsskriftet Antropologi

    • Journals on the science of religion:
    • The Journal of Religious History

    • Americanist journals:
    • *Ancient Mesoamerica
    • *Estudios de Cultura Maya
    • Iberoamérica. Journal of the Institute of Iberoamerican Studies
    • Journal de la Société des Américanistes
    • *Latin American Antiquity
    • Latin American Indian Literatures Journal
    • Tlalocan
    • Wayeb Notes

    • Biology journals:
    • Biology

    • Psychology journals:
    • Child Development

    • University presses:
    • *Cambridge University Press
    • Editorial UniSon
    • *Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
    • University of Oklahoma Press
    • *University of Utah Press
  • Member of program committees/refereeing of conference submissions or abstracts:
    • International Conference on Mathematical Modeling in Physical Sciences (IC-MSQUARE), Madrid, Spain, August 28-31, 2014.
    • Societas Linguistica Europaea, Stockholm, Sweden, 2012, Split, Croatia, 2013, Poznań, Poland, 2014.
    • 14th Conference on Cognitive Modelling in Linguistics (CML), Milano-Marittima, September 14-21, 2013.
    • Computational approaches to the study of dialectal and typological variation, a workshop at the European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information, Opole, Poland, August 6-10, 2012.
    • Uncovering Language History from Multilingual Resources, a workshop at the 13th Conference of the European Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics, Avignon, France, April 23-24, 2012.
    • 20th International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Osaka, Japan, July 25-30, 2011.
    • TextGraphs-4: Graph based Methods for Natural Language Processing, Suntec, Singapore 2009.
  • Member of prize award committees:
    • Von der Gabelentz Award of the Association for Linguistic Typology, 2013.

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Member of Ph.D. advisory committees


Member of Ph.D. promotion committees


Linguistic fieldwork

2007-8

Ulterior Mixe. 6 weeks

2004

Cucapá (also called Cocopa) (Pozas de Arvizu, Baja California, Mexico). 1 week

1991-1994,
2003-2004, 2007

Tlapanec (Azoyú, Guerrero, Mexico). 12 months

1998

Ch’orti’ (Olopa, Guatemala). 2 weeks

1993-1998

Texistepec Popoluca (Veracruz, Mexico). 5 months

1996

Pira-Tapuyo, Tuyuca, and Desana (São Gabriel das Cachoeiras, Amazônas, Brazil), 7 weeks

1993

Sierra Popoluca (Veracruz, Mexico). 1 week
Pastores Nahuatl (Azoyú, Guerrero, Mexico). 2 weeks


Zoque (Tabasco, Mexico). 2 weeks

1990

South Highland Mixe (Tamazulapan and Ayutla, Oaxaca, Mexico). 2 weeks

1988

Chiapas Zoque-NE dialect (Oxolotán, Tabasco, Mexico). 7 weeks


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Last updated: August 31, 2014