Researchers


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/


syntax, lexical semantics, discourse, typology

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


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

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

Research assistants



history, traditional narrative, oral history, the Goli cult

Wan (Mande)


folklore, traditional culture, Chuvash traditional religious practices, Chuvash diaspora

Chuvash (Turkic)


linguistic typology, tone, morphosyntax, fieldwork and language documentation, ethnomusicology, memory studies

Mande (Guro, Vai), Turkic (Bashkir, Urumean)


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


language documentation & description, typology, cognitive semantics

Hausa, Bure, Kushi and other West Chadic languages


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

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



syntax, typology, experimental linguistics, generative grammar

Turkic (Chuvash, Bashkir), Mongolic (Kalmyk, Buryat)


dialogic grammar, pragmatics, syntax, typology

Ungarinyin, Unggumi, Gambera (Worrorran)


information structure, focus, tone, intonation, syntax, language documentation

Kakabe (Mande)

Administrative support


Verbal morphology, negation, language description, typology

Atlantic languages


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)