Director of the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages, Dr. Anderson specializes in the languages of Siberia and tribal languages of India. He has degrees in Linguistics from Harvard (A.B. 1989) and the University of Chicago (Ph.D. 2000), and has conducted extensive fieldwork into the languages of the Altai Sayan group and among speakers of Munda languages in India. Greg has done fieldwork in Nigeria on Eleme, on Koro Aka, Hruso and other Tibeto-Burman languages in Arunachal Pradesh, in Bolivia on Kallawaya and Chipaya, in Paraguay on Yshyr (Chamacoco), Mak’a and Toba-Qom, on nearly a dozen languages belonging to eight different families in Papua New Guinea, in Chile on Tsesungun (Hulliche), and in Oregon on Siletz Dee-Ni. He has published widely in the fields of historical linguistics, descriptive grammar, morphology, verb typology, and the linguistics of Munda, Salishan, and Ogonoid languages.
Associate Professor of Linguistics at Swarthmore College and Director of Research for the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages. His research focuses on endangered and little-documented languages, with primary emphasis on Turkic languages of Inner Asia (Central Siberia and Western Mongolia). To date, he has investigated Tuvan, Tsengel Tuvan, Tofa, Ös (Middle Chulym), Tuha (Dukha), and Monchak. In 2005, he began fieldwork on three Munda languages of Northeast India, in 2006 on the Siletz Dee-ni language of Oregon, and in 2007 on the Kallawaya language of Bolivia.
As a theoretician, David focuses on phonology (sound structures) and morphology (word structures). As a field linguist, he adopts the position that languages exist solely within a cultural matrix, and must be studied holistically and in their natural context. This means that in addition to studying abstract structures in the mind (such as grammar), he is keenly interested in what people have to say and how languages shape the structure of human knowledge.
Jonathan M. Anderson, has served as our principal financial officer since August 2008 and as our legal counsel since our inception. Jonathan currently advises small businesses and financial sponsors on matters of corporate and finance law in Palo Alto, California and brings years of legal and financial expertise and experience to the Living Tongues table. He also serves on our board of directors. Jonathan received his Juris Doctor degree from New York University School of Law in 1996 and his B.A. degree in German Studies from Amherst College in 1991.