Hilary McMahan

Department of Linguistics, University of Chicago


I'm a seventh year PhD candidate at the University of Chicago Department of Linguistics.

My research focuses on spatial language and deixis in Kalaallisut, a Yupik-Inuit language spoken in Greenland. I am currently working on my dissertation, which investigates ongoing change in Kalaallisut's complex and typologically unusual demonstrative system.

Broadly, my interests include language variation and change, anthropological linguistics, and the interaction between language structure, culture, and environment. My particular focus is on the indigenous languages of the Arctic and North America.