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Birgit Hellwig studied African Linguistics at the Universities of Bayreuth and Hamburg (Germany) and she received her PhD in Linguistics from the University of Nijmegen (Netherlands). She is now at the University of Cologne (Germany), where she combines language documentation, acquisition and socialization. In 2014, she and her team started documenting the language used with and by Qaqet children in Papua New Guinea (https://qaqet.phil-fak.uni-
koeln.de/). Her interest in child language emerged out of a more general interest in documenting and analyzing languages from typological perspectives, and she continues to research diverse adult languages, including the Qaqet language.