After concluding my PhD, I lived in Belém, in the Brazilian Amazon, where I worked as a linguistics visiting professor at the Federal University of Pará (2012-2013) and on the documentation and description of two endangered Amazonian languages, Aikanã and Kwazá (Rondônia, Brazil), in a project coordinated by Hein van der Voort, under a DoBeS post-doc grant from the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics.
Between 2014 and 2016, I was a Peter Buck Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Museum of Natural History (Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC), under the guidance of William Merrill, Curator for Latin America. My research project, entitled "Language and prehistory in South America: A reconstruction of Proto-Jê and an in-depth investigation of the Macro-Jê hypothesis", aimed at conducting a thorough reconstruction of Proto-Jê, the common ancestor of around a dozen indigenous languages spoken from the Amazon to southern Brazil.
I'm one of the moderators of Etnolinguistica.Org, a discussion list and online repository of information on Native South American languages. I also manage the Curt Nimuendaju Digital Library, an online collection of hard-to-find books and articles on South American languages, and a collaborative, interdisciplinary project to create an online Macro-Jê bibliography.
agriculture arawák boróro caipira chiquitano contact dzubukuá ergativity historical_linguistics jabutí jê karajá karirí kipeá kirirí language_contact lga lgp loanwords macro-jê maxakalí morphology nheengatú ofayé otukê paleobotany person_marking phonology portuguese possession proto-jê purí tapirapé tupimania tupinambá umutína vowel_harmony
(Riobaldo Tatarana, em Grande Sertão: Veredas, de Guimarães Rosa)