Matthias Pache

Matthias Pache holds a doctorate degree in linguistics from Leiden University (Netherlands, 2018) and master degrees in anthropology, psychology and Latin American studies from the University of Bonn (Germany) and the Sorbonne Nouvelle (France). He has held postdoc positions in Bonn (2017–18) and Tübingen (2018–21). At KU Leuven, he works as a Feodor Lynen Research Fellow (Humboldt Foundation). His research has a major focus on historical linguistics, including the application of the comparative method in the context of South and Central American indigenous languages. Moreover, he has published various papers on topics in descriptive linguistics, contact linguistics, the historiography of American indigenous linguistics and typology. A particular focus of his research are genealogical relationships between American indigenous languages.

Selective bibliography

  • Pache, Matthias. 2016. "The grammaticalization of plant-part terms in Chibchan languages." International Journal of American Linguistics 82 (4): 425–452.
  • Pache, Matthias. 2016. "Pumé (Yaruro) and Chocoan: Evidence for a new genealogical link in northern South America." Language Dynamics and Change 6 (1): 99–155.
  • Pache, Matthias, Arjan Mossel and Willem F.H. Adelaar. 2017. "Language diversity, contact and change in the Americas: The model of Filippo Salvatore Gilij (1721–1789)." In Language Contact and Change in Mesoamerica and Beyond, edited by Karen Dakin, Claudia Parodi, and Natalie Operstein, 355–382. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
  • Pache, Matthias. 2018. "Lengua X: An Andean puzzle." International Journal of American Linguistics 84 (2): 265–285.
  • Pache, Matthias. Accepted. "Evidence for a Chibcha–Jê connection." International Journal of American Linguistics.


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