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 West Germanic (especially High Alemannic and varieties of English), Romance (especially Iberian Romance and Romansh), and Basque.
I also hold a degree in economics and worked for some years at Swiss Re, the largest Swiss reinsurer. A number of short stories of mine might be somewhere on the web, and I have two unfinished novels and other literary sketches on my notebook. My favorite authors have traditionally been Ursula Le Guin, Philip Dick, Julio Cortázar, and Jorge Luis Borges. I was a piano teacher and pianist some years ago.