I'm a linguistics doctoral student at the University at Buffalo, where my research focuses on the languages of Papua New Guinea, specifically those in the Torricelli language family. I am completing my dissertation: A Grammar of Yeri, a Torricelli language of Papua New Guinea under the guidance of Dr. Matthew Dryer.

I am funded through a doctoral fellowship awarded by the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, and will be based in Leipzig, Germany until May 2015.


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Research Interests

I strongly believe that linguists have a responsibility to document the world's endangered languages while this is still possible, and I am committed to using that research to a) inform current linguistic theory, b) study the nature of language change, and c) reach a better understanding of the linguistic relationships within these underdocumented areas.
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Contact Info

jlw55@buffalo.edu jennifer_wilson@eva.mpg.de

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

Tel.: +49 (341) 3550 - 754 Office: U1.21