Balthasar Bickel biography

Balthasar Bickel

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1965 –


Who is Balthasar Bickel?

Balthasar Bickel, is a Swiss linguist. Bickel is a specialist in linguistic typology and on Tibeto-Burman languages, especially languages of the Kiranti group.

He is currently a professor at the Seminar for General Linguistics at the University of Zurich. Between 2002 and 2011, he taught at the University of Leipzig in Germany. He received his graduate training at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen and earned his doctoral degree from the University of Zurich. As a postdoctoral researcher, he spent several years at the University of California, Berkeley, where he became a close collaborator of Johanna Nichols.

Bickel has made contributions to the study of tense and aspect, grammatical agreement and grammatical relations, morphological typology, phonological word domains, areal typology, linguistic relativity, and more recently to quantitative methods in language typology. He has done extensive fieldwork on a number of Kiranti languages of Nepal, especially Belhare, Chintang and Puma. He is co-editor of the journal Studies in Language.

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Dec 19, 1965
  • University of Zurich

on July 23, 2013


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