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Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Department of Anthropology

Ruth RouvierRuth Rouvier

Program Manager, Recovering Voices

Division: Recovering Voices Program

Area of Specialization: Historical linguistics, typology, morphology, Miskitu, California Indian languages, language documentation and revitalization

Phone:  202-633-5033
Fax:  202-357-2208
E-mail Address:

Department of Anthropology Mailing Address


M.A. in Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley (2006)
B.A in Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley (2002)

Professional Activities:

Linguistics Society of America/Committee on Endangered Languages and their Preservation (CELP)
Asociación Centroamericana de Lingüística
Pro-Moskitia Foundation (Vice-President)

Research Interests/Profile:

My work involves facilitation of collaborative research, outreach and revitalization projects between members of the Recovering Voices team and institutional and community partners around the world. I have strong connections with indigenous communities in northwest California and in the Moskitia of Nicaragua and Honduras. My linguistics research focuses on Misumalpan templatic morphology, including the historical morphophonology of agentive reduplication in Misumalpan and the morphosemantics of Miskitu nominal possession.

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