Researchers

Abbie Hantgan-Sonko


phonology, computational linguistics, computer-assisted comparative methods, historical contextualization of African languages

Bangime (Isolate), Dogon (Bondu So), Jola (Eegimaa)

credit: Kris Dreesen http://www.krisdreessen.com/

Tatiana Nikitina (PI)


syntax, lexical semantics, discourse, typology

Mande (Wan), Turkic (Chuvash, Kazakh, Bashkir)

Rebecca Voll


phonology (tone), morphosyntax, fieldwork and documentation, typology

Bantoid (Mundabli, Bafut), Khoisan (Nama/Khoekhoe)

Research assistants


Elena Perekhvalskaya


language documentation, endangered languages, field linguistics, language contacts, cognitive linguistics, phonetics and phonology

Mande (Mwan, Samo), Tungus-Manchu (Udihe), Creoles (Chinese Pidgin Russian)

Collaborators and visitors

Gian Claudio Batic


language documentation & description, typology, cognitive semantics

Hausa, Bure, Kushi and other West Chadic languages

Anna Bugaeva


morphosyntax, language documentation, typology, areal typology, language change

Ainu, Nivkh, Japanese and other Northeast Asian languages, polysynthetic languages


Stef Spronck


dialogic grammar, pragmatics, syntax, typology

Ungarinyin, Unggumi, Gambera (Worrorran)

Administrative support

Sarah Misslin


Project Manager

(assistance with all administrative issues)

This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement No 758232)