Adjoint Professor

Dr. Kristine Stenzel lives and works in Brazil, where she is a Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ). She received her PhD in Linguistics in 2004 from the University of Colorado and did post-doctoral work at the National Museum/UFRJ. She returned to the University of Colorado Linguistics Department to spend the 2014-2015 academic year as a visiting scholar, during which time she offered a graduate course on Amazonian languages and worked with students on analyses related to phonetics, morphosyntax, diachrony and multilingualism. Dr. Stenzel’s research focuses primarily on the description, documentation and analysis of Kotiria (Wanano) and Wa’ikhana (Piratapuyo), languages of the East Tukano family, spoken in the Upper Rio Negro region of northwest Amazonia. Her broader interests include issues in linguistic typology, multilingualism, language contact and change, as well as orthography development and production of materials for the maintenance and revitalization of endangered languages. Her publications include A Descriptive Grammar of Kotiria (Wanano); Cultural and Linguistic Interaction in Northwestern Amazonia (co-edited with Patience Epps), and the forthcoming On This and Other Worlds: Voices from Amazonia (co-edited with Bruna Franchetto). She has published articles in International Journal of American Linguistics, Studies in Language, Amerindia, Language Documentation and Conservation, and Critical Multilingualism Studies, has contributed chapters to several volumes in the Typological Studies in Language series, and is currently co-authoring chapters for the forthcoming Handbook of Amazonian Languages and Oxford Handbook of Evidentiality.