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Balthasar Bickel holds the chair of general linguistics at the Department of Comparative Language Science, University of Zurich. He got his graduate training in the Cognitive Anthropology group at the MPI in Nijmegen and received his PhD in 1997 from the University of Zurich. After postdocs in Mainz and Berkeley and an assistant professorship in Zurich, he became a professor of linguistic typology at the University of Leipzig in 2002, and then moved to Zurich in 2011. Since 2020 he is a founding director of Switzerland’s National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) “Evolving Language”.