My name is Lev Michael, and I am an assistant professor in the Linguistics department at the University of California, Berkeley. My research focuses on Amazonian languages, and I am particularly interested in language documentation and description, typology, language contact and areal linguistics, comparative and historical linguistics of Amazonian languages, socially strategic uses of language and culture-driven grammaticalization, language revitalization, and language politics. I have  worked with speakers of Aʔɨwa (isolate), Iquito (Zaparoan), Máíhɨki (Tukanoan), Matsigenka (Arawak), Muniche (isolate), Nanti (Arawak), Omagua (Tupí-Guaraní), and Záparo (Zaparoan). Some of my work is available here.

I can be reached at firstnamellastname (at)

4 Responses to “About”

  1. Mark Says:

    Have you considered listing an email address? Anyway, feel free to delete this comment when you’ve read it; this is simply to notify you of a post of mine on Zotero. As you’ve written on research software before, I thought you might be interested.

  2. Lev Michael Says:

    Thanks for the heads up, Mark. And yes, I suppose it *would* be a good idea to list an email address. I have been paranoid about getting spammed as a result, but I’ll give it a try, and see what happens

  3. Don’t list the full address, though! There are lots of ways to put it so that your conspecifics will understand it, but spambots won’t.

  4. Ben Says:

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