Ivan Roksandic


Ivan Roksandic Title: Faculty Member
Office: 4CM19
Building: Centennial
Phone: 204.786.9078


Ivan Roksandic (PhD University of British Columbia) is a broadly trained linguist with a background in archaeology, epigraphy, history of script, comparative mythology and literary studies. His current research deals with indigenous languages of the Caribbean and northern South America, specifically with Arawakan and Chibchan language families. Combining linguistic and archaeological lines of research, he investigates the patterns of successive migrations and colonization of Caribbean islands and the linguistic heritage of pre-Columbian groups as expressed in the toponymy of this region. He is further interested in analyzing grammatical status, structure, semantics and diachronic changes of toponyms as a separate category of the lexicon of any language.

His other field of study concerns the influence of, and complex interrelations between, mythology and folk traditions, on the one hand, and literature, written history and cultural heritage, on the other.


Recent publications include The Ouroboros Seizes Its Tale: Strategies of Mythopoiea in Narrative Fiction (2010), and Cuban Archaeology in the Caribbean (2016). He is currently working on The Dictionary of Pre-Columbian Place Names in the Caribbean.