Dr Jeanette Sakel

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  • Qualifications:PhD Linguistics 2003 University of Nijmegen The Netherlands and Max Planck and Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology Leipzig Germany, MA Linguistics 1999 Aarhus Universitet Denmark, BA Linguistics and Finnish 1998 Aarhus Universitet Denmark
  • Position:Director of Student Experience, ACE
  • Department:Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries, and Education (ACE)
  • Telephone:+4411732 82389
  • Email:Jeanette.Sakel@uwe.ac.uk
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About me

Director of Student Experience, Faculty of ACE
National Teaching Fellow

Elected to UWE Academic Board

Area of expertise

I am responsible for the Student Experience in the Faculty, including student surveys, graduate destinations and innovative learning and teaching.

In my academic capacity, I am a linguist conducting research on language contact; in particular grammatical contact phenomena. I have conducted extensive fieldwork on various language contact situations: Mosetén and Spanish in Bolivia Pirahã and Portuguese in Brazil Somali in contact with English in the UK.

I am the author of 'Study Skills for Linguistics' (2015, Routledge). It is an introductory book to Linguistics and Languages with a lot of useful advice about studying and getting the best out of your degree. I am the co-author of Linguistic Fieldwork (Cambridge University Press, red textbook series 2012), with Dan Everett. I have co-edited the book Grammatical Borrowing in Cross-Linguistic Perspective (2007) with Yaron Matras, University of Manchester, published by Mouton de Gruyter. I've also edited volume on clause combining in Amerindian languages with Marianne Mithun and Pier Marco Bertinetto; a volume on Amerindian languages with Thomas Stolz and a special issues of International Journal of Bilingualism with Jeanine Treffers-Daller.

My other research interests include language typology, Amerindian languages, linguistic fieldwork and grammar-writing, with a special focus on the languages of the Amazon. I have done extensive fieldwork on Mosetén (Mosetenan, unclassified) and written a descriptive grammar of the language (2004, Mouton de Gruyter, Mouton Grammar Library, vol. 33). I have additionally worked on several aspects of Mosetén grammar, such as the complex predicate system, the gender agreement system, argument coding and the introduction of an inclusive/exclusive distinction in the 1st person plural. Another Amazonian language I have conducted fieldwork on is Pirahã (Muran). I have carried out new fieldwork on the question whether Pirahã has recursion. Other fieldwork experience includes work on voice structures in Greenlandic (in Greenland and Denmark).

I love linking my research to my teaching, getting my students involved hands-on in my teaching, as well as working through real-world problems and research scenarios in class. I also produce YouTube-videos on basic grammatical terminology:

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My publications can be found here:


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