Welcome to my website. You will find here information about my research, current and past projects, and my interests in general.
I am a linguistic anthropologist interested in the ways we people think, communicate, and structure our societies across the wide diversity of the world’s cultures. In my work, I investigate how the combination of culture-specific social structures and cross-culturally shared cognitive mechanisms impact certain dimensions of language, gesture, and depiction. I more specifically work in indigenous contexts and in collaboration with the Paamese community of Vanuatu and with the Sámi community of Northern Norway.
Currently, I am a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the Department of Language and Culture of the Arctic University of Norway (UiT), in Tromsø and a researcher at the Department of Language and Literature at Lund University, in Sweden. In parallel, I am the secretary and treasurer for the International Cognitive Linguistic Association (ICLA).
Beside being an academic, I am a husband, a dad, a musician, and a composer.
Don’t hesitate to contact me if you want to talk about language, culture, cognition, the weather, heavy metal, or combat sports!
Dr Simon Devylder