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I am a Ph.D. student at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. I document endangered minority languages, and have a special interest in languages of the American Pacific Northwest, and Southeast Asia.

My main theoretical interest lies in the typology of syntax, in particular the distribution, origins, and syntactic correlates of verb initiality on a global scale. I also take interest in the syntax and pragmatics of clause linking, as well as in questions of semantic typology, most particularly the linguistic encoding of spatial relations. (More information on my Research site.)

I am passionate about language maintenance and activism, and I am actively involved in the teaching and preserving of endangered languages.

You can contact me at kbaetsch [at] hawaii [dot] edu.