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Department of Linguistics

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
D-04103 Leipzig
Germany


phone: +49 (0) 341 3550 - 300
fax: +49 (0) 341 3550 - 333

e-mail: cissewski@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de

Curriculum Vitae

Present positions

Since February 2014

Assistant professor, University of Amsterdam

Since August 2009Senior Researcher in the Department of Linguistics,
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig

Previous positions

August 2009

Professor. Linguistic Society of America Summer Institute. Class taught: Nominal classification

Oct. 2007 - July 2009 

Wissenschaftlicher Assistent [assistant professor] at the Universität Regensburg

Sep. 2004 - July 2009

Principal researcher and coordinator of the project “Documenting the languages of the People of the Centre, especially Bora and Ocaina (North West Amazon)”

Sep. 2004 - Sep. 2007

Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter [Postdoc] at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum

University education and degrees

Feb. 2001 - Oct. 2005

Ph.D. in linguistics cum laude, Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen. Thesis title: “The Structure and Use of Shape-Based Noun Classes in Miraña (North West Amazon)”, supervised by S. C. Levinson, N. Himmel-mann, and N. J. Enfield. Examination committee: P. Muysken, G. G. Corbett, E. Gómez-Imbert, W. Bisang, G. Senft, C. Grinevald, S. Meira. Ph.D. research carried out at the Language and Cognition group at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen

Feb. 1999 - Jan. 2001 

M.A. in Etnolingüística, Centro Colombiano de Estudios de Lenguas Aborígenes (CCELA), Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia. Thesis title: “El sistema de clasificación nominal del miraña [The System of Nominal Classification of Miraña]”, supervised by J. Landaburu

Oct. 1992 - Jan. 1999

M.A. in General Linguistics, Freie Universität Berlin. Major: German and general linguistics. Minors: Spanish, sociology. Additional studies in German literature, psychology, anthropology. Thesis title:  “Grundfragen bei der Dokumentation bedrohter Sprachen [Fundamental Issues in the Documentation of Endangered Languages]”, supervised by H. H. Lieb

Sep. 1996 - May 1997

Studies in General linguistics, experimental phonetics, Spanish literature and Catalan language at the Universitat de Barcelona

Awards and grants

Dec. 2005

Mary R. Haas Award, presented by the Society for the Study of the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (SSILA) for a manuscript from a younger scholar that makes a significant substantive contribution to the knowledge of American Indian languages

Mar. 2001 - Feb. 2004 

Ph.D. stipend of the Max Planck Gesellschaft

Feb. 1999 - Jan. 2001

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) stipend for graduate students

Sep. 1996 – Jun. 1997

Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) stipend for undergraduate students of Romance Studies

Acquisition of external funding

June 2012

Research project “The relative frequencies of nouns, pronouns, and verbs cross-linguistically”, 144,992€, Volkswagen Foundation

June 2011 

Workshop “Potentials of Language Documentation: Methods, Analyses, and Utilization”, 27,260€, Volkswagen Foundation

May 2004

Language documentation project “Documenting the languages of the People of the Center, especially Bora and Ocaina (North West Amazon)”, 285,200€, Volkswagen Foundation

Dissertation committees

Sept. 2013

Doris Fagua (Université Paris Diderot - Paris 7). Committee member and pré-rapporteur for Ph.D. thesis "Aspects morphosyntaxiques de l’ocaina"

Sept. 2013 

Ergin Öpengin (Université Sorbonne Nouvelle - Paris 3). Committee member for Ph.D. thesis "Clitic/affix interactions. A corpus-based study of person marking in the Mukri variety of Central Kurdish"

Sept. 2012

Marine Vuillermet (Université Lumière Lyon 2): Committee member for Ph.D. thesis "A grammar of Ese Ejja"

July 2012

Olga Krasnoukhova (Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen): Committee member for Ph.D. thesis "The Noun Phrase in the Languages of South America"

since 2011

Katherine Bolaños (MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig): Day-to-day supervision for Ph.D. thesis "A grammar of Kakua"

2010

Helder Pereira (CIESAS, Mexico): Committee member for M.A. thesis "Los Clasificadores Nominales del Yanomama de Papiu (Brazil)"

Conferences, symposia, and workshops organized

Aug. 2013

Co-chair of the local organizing committee of the Association for Linguistic Typology 10th Biennial Conference (ALT 10) Leipzig, August 12-13, 2013

Aug. 2013 

Organization of the international workshop "The relative frequencies of nouns, pronouns, and verbs in discourse", Leipzig, August 12-13, 2013

July 2012

Organization of the symposium “Arawakan linguistic and cultural identities” at the 54th International Congress of Americanists (ICA), Vienna, July 15-20, 2012 (with Françoise Rose)

Nov. 2011

Organization of the conference “Potentials of Language Documentation: Methods, Analyses, and Utilization”, Leipzig, November 3-4, 2011.

April 2010

Organization of the symposium “Valency increasing strategies in Arawakan languages” at the international conference Amazónicas III: Phonology and Syntax, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá (with Françoise Rose and Lev Michael)

Oct. 2007 - July 2009

Organization of the lecture series “LiFo - Linguistisches Forum” at the Universität Regensburg (with Alexander Kalkhoff and Roland Meyer)

Nov. 2006

Organization of the annual meeting of the Gesellschaft für Bedrohte Sprachen (GBS) at Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS), Berlin

May 2006

Organization of the conference “Festival de langues amazoniennes”, CNRS/DDL, Lyon (with Antoine Guillaume)

July 2003

Organization of the symposium “Las lenguas y culturas del Caquetá-Putumayo” at the 51st International Congress of Americanists, Santiago de Chile (with Juan Alvaro Echeverri and Dimitri Karadimas)

Sept. 2002 - March 2004

Organization of the lecture series “Approaches to Psycholinguistics”, for Ph.D. students at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen (with Pamela Perniss)

Publication reviews

Since 2006

Ad-hoc reviewer for Linguistic Typology, Linguistics, Studies in Language, Diachronica, International Journal of American Linguistics, Language Documentation & Conservation

Since 2008 

Member of the editorial board of Brill’s Studies in the Indigenous Languages of the Americas (one book manuscript reviewd)

2010, 2013

Member of the Scientific Committees of the 43rd and 46th Annual Meetings of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (44 abstracts reviewed)

Academic service

Since Oct. 2012

Member of the Ethics Committee of the  German Linguistic Society (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft, DGfS)

Aug. 2009 - Aug. 2012 

Responsible for the acquisition of linguistics books for the library of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig

Since June 2006

Member of the Steering Committee of the DOBES (language documentation) program of the Volkswagen Foundation

Since Nov. 2005

Coordination of application and selection procedures for stipends of the Gesellschaft für Bedrohte Sprachen (GBS)

Field work

Since July 2003

Field work on Bora (Witotoan) and Resígaro (Arawakan) in Northern Peru, collaboration in field work on Witoto and Ocaina (Witotoan) (total of over 10 months spent in the field)

Mar. 1999 - Oct. 2002 

Field work on Bora-Miraña (Witotoan) in Southern Colombia (total of over 10 months spent in the field)

Feb. - April 1998

Various short field trips to indigenous communities in Colombia: Wiwa, Chimila (Chibchan), Cocama (Tupian) as visiting researcher at the CCELA, Bogotá

In the news

Da fehlen einem die Worte. Die Zeit vom 23. September 2013 (link)

Teaching

Courses taught as regular university courses

Grammatikanalyse [grammatical analysis]. One-semester course for B.A. students at the Universität Leipzig, 2013

Semantische Typologie [Semantic typology]. One-semester course for M.A. students at the Universität Leipzig, 2012

Typologie morphologischer Entlehnungen [Typology of morphological borrowing]. One-semester course for M.A. students at the Universität Leipzig, 2011.

Ethnolinguistik der Amazonassprachen [Ethnolinguistics of Amazonian Languages]. One-semester course for B.A. and M.A. students at the Universität Leipzig, 2010.

Sprachtypologie [Linguistic typology]. One-semester course for B.A. students at the Universität Regensburg, 2009.

Einführung in die Morphologie [Introduction to morphology]. One-semester course for B.A. students at the Universität Regensburg, 2007-2008 and 2008-2009.

Sprachkontakt [Language Contact]. One-semester course for B.A. students at the Universität Regensburg, 2008.

Einführung in die Sprachdokumentation [Introduction to Language Documentation]. One-semester course for B.A. students at the Universität Regensburg, 2008-2009.

Anleitung zum wissenschaftlichen Arbeiten [Scientific methods for Linguistics]. One-semester course for B.A. students at the Universität Regensburg, 2008-2009.

Einführung in die Struktur einer nicht-indogermanischen Sprache I & II: Bora [Introduction to the structure of a non-Indo-European language: Bora, part I & II]. Two-semester course for B.A. students at the Universität Regensburg, 2008-2009.

Methoden der Sprachdokumentation (Georgisch) [Methods of language documentation, with applications to Georgian]. One-semester course for B.A. students at the Universität Regensburg, 2008.

Methoden der Sprachdokumentation (Koreanisch) [Methods of language documentation, with applications to Korean]. One-semester course for B.A. students at the Universität Regensburg, 2009.

Amazonassprachen [Amazonian languages]. One-semester course for B.A. and M.A. students at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, 2006-2007.

Strukturkurs Bora-Miraña [Introduction to the grammatical structure of Bora-Miraña]. One-semester course for B.A. and M.A. students at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, 2006.

Courses taught at summer schools and workshops

Nominal classification. Three-week course given at Linguistic Institute of the Linguistic Society of America, University of California at Berkeley, July-August 2009.

Fieldwork tutorial: Zaza (Indo-Iranian). Seminar taught at the DOBES summer school “Documenting Endangered Iranian Languages”. University of Kiel, August 2007.

Métodos y tecnologías de la documentación lingüística [Methods and technology of linguistic documentation]. Workshop taught at Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogotá, February 2007.

Métodos y tecnologías de la documentación lingüística [Methods and technology of linguistic documentation].Workshoptaught at Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Peru, September 2006.

Orthography development. Seminar taught at the DOBES Summer school “Language Documentation: Methods and Technology”. University of Frankfurt / Main, September 2004.

Fieldwork tutorial: Kariña (Carib). DOBES Summer school “Language Documentation: Methods and Technology”. University of Frankfurt / Main, September 2004.