I hold the chair of General Linguistics in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Bern. My current work focuses on morphological typology and grammatical voice, and my recent work has centered around morphosyntactic clause alignment, as well as benefaction and malefaction. I have specialized in the indigenous languages of the Americas (especially the Algonquian languages of North America and Mapudungun in the Southern Cone), but I am also very much interested in Basque, West Germanic (especially High Alemannic and varieties of English), and Iberian Romance.
I also hold a degree in economics and worked for some years at Swiss Re, the largest Swiss reinsurer. I am very interested in literature, especially contemporary fiction in English and Spanish dealing with issues of identity and the role(s) of an individual in a community, in addition to well-written speculative fiction (my favorite authors have traditionally been Ursula K. Le Guin, Philip K. Dick, Julio Cortázar, and Jorge Luis Borges) — and I also like many things related to 221B Baker Street. Lastly, I was a piano teacher and pianist some years ago.