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Dr J Diego Quesada got his BA. in English in 1986 and his Master´s in Linguistics in 1989 at the University of Costa Rica. In 1994 he got his PhD in Linguistics and the University of Bielefeld, Germany, thanks to a four-year fellowship from the German  Academic Exchange Service (German  acronym DAAD). After completing his doctoral studies he was hired as Assistant Professor in Linguistics at the University of Toronto, Canada, where he worked for six years, after which he was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. He spent a year at the University of Erfurt,  Germany, where he completed his book The Chibchan Languages (Editorial Tecnológica, 2007), which continues to be the most comprehensive survey on the morphosyntax of that Central American language family to date.

Professor Quesada has been a Visiting  Professor at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the German universities of Potsdam and Bielefeld as well as the Zulia State University in Venezuela. He is the author of 7 books on Amerindian and Hispanic linguistics and has published over 50 papers in internationally recognized, peer-reviewed journals such as Linguistic Typology or the International Journal of American Linguistics. Standing out among his publications are the grammars of the Chibchan languages Teribe (Lincom, 2000), and Buglere (Abya Yala, 2012), as well as that of the only Arawakan language spoken in Central America, namely Garifuna (University of Sonora, Mexico, 2017).

Dr. Quesada has been a full professor at Costa Rica’s National University since 2005. In 2007 he created the “Programa de Lingüística Centroamericana” PROLINCA, which  is concerned with the description, typological analysis and revitalization of the languages of Central America, including Spanish and Creole languages. He is also a full professor at the University of Costa Rica at Limon. Professor Quesada is a founding member of the Central American Linguistic Association (Spanish acronym ACALING), of which he was the first Secretary and was recently elected as its president for the period 2017-2019.

Dr. J. Diego Quesada

Estudió lengua inglesa en la Universidad de Costa Rica; en esa misma casa de estudios obtuvo su maestría en lingüística. En 1994 se doctoró en esa misma disciplina en la Universidad de Bielefeld , Alemania, gracias a una beca otorgada por el Servicio Alemán de Intercambio Académico (DAAD). Luego de su graduación como doctor en lingüística fue contratado como profesor de esa disciplina en la Universidad de Toronto, Canadà, institución para la que laboró por seis años, al cabo de los cuales obtuvo una beca de la Fundación Alexander von Humboldt para realizar estudios postdoctorales en la Universidad de Erfurt, Alemania. Producto de esa estadía fue el libro The Chibchan Languages (2007), hasta ahora  la obra más completa sobre la morfosintaxis de esa familia lingüística centroamericana. Ha sido profesor visitante en la Universidad Federal de Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, en las universidades alemanas de Potsdam y Bielefeld, así como en la Universidad del Zulia, Venezuela. El Dr. Quesada es autor de 7 libros sobre lingüística amerindia e hispánica, así como de más de medio centenar de artículos de su especialidad en reconocidas revistas internacionales. Destacan entre sus publicaciones las gramáticas de las lenguas chibchas teribe (2000, Alemania), buglere (2012, Ecuador) y de la única lengua arahuaca hablada en Centroamérica: el garífuna (2017, México). Desde 2007 coordina y dirige el “Programa de Lingüística Centroamericana” PROLINCA, de la Universidad Nacional, el cual se ocupa de describir y tipologizar la variedad lingüística del istmo centroamericano, incluyendo el español y las lenguas criollas. Actualmente es catedrático de la Universidad Nacional y de la Universidad de Costa Rica, Sede del Caribe. El profesor Quesada es también miembro fundador de la Asociación Centroamericana de Lingüística, en 2009, de la cual fue su primer secretario y actualmente funge como fpresidente de la misma para el período 2017-2019.


Joyce Pereira (University of Aruba, joycepereira@setarnet.aw) has a Master's in Dutch Language and Literature. She had taught Dutch and Papiamento didactics at the Instituto Pedagogico Arubano. She is now retired and is currently working on her PhD at the University of Curaçao Dr Moises da Costa Gomez (formerly University of the Netherlands Antilles) on the position of Papiamento in the education system of Aruba.



Guest Speaker

Guest Speakers

J. Diego Quesada, Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica. Dr. Quesada got his BA in English in 1986 and his Master's in Linguistics in 1989 at the University of Costa Rica Read More»

Joyce Pereira (University of Aruba) has a Master's in Dutch Language and Literature. She had taught Dutch and Papiamento didactics at the Instituto Pedagogico Arubano.. Read More»



Host University
The Universidad Nacional de Costa Rica (UNA) is one of five public universities in Costa Rica, with the main campus located in the city of Heredia. Learn more»

Heredia, Heredia Province (Aug 5-8 and 11-12)
One of Costa Rica's most historical cities, founded in 1705 and nicknamed "City of Flowers". Located in central Costa Rica amidst vast coffee plantations and lush greenery. Learn more»

Limón (Aug 8-11)
Stretching along the Caribbean Coast, Limón is considered to be one of the most pristine and lush regions of Costa Rica. Learn more»

important dates

Important Dates

Submission of full papers:
12 August 2018

Early Bird Registration:
ends 30 June 2018

Notification of acceptance:
15 April 2018

Deadline for Abstracts:
15 February 2018
Extended to March 17

Early Notification of acceptance:
20 December 2017

Early Bird Abstracts:
30 October 2017

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