Johanna Nichols

LSA 202: Computational methods in linguistic reconstruction

Johanna Nichols is Professor in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Affiliate Professor in the Department of Linguistics, UC Berkeley. She is co-founder with Balthasar Bickel of the Autotyp databases and research program. Her languages of interest are Slavic languages, Ingush, Chechen, and other languages of the Caucasus. Her areas of interest are historical linguistics; typology, including historical typology; phylogeny and genealogical relatedness; linguistic geography, areal linguistics, and language spread; and language succession and spread at the western Eurasian steppe periphery. She was awarded the LSA's Bloomfield Book Award in 1994 and the Order of Merit by the government of Ingushetia in 2005 for her work on the Ingush language.

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