Jun.-Prof. Dr. Annemarie Verkerk
I am a linguistic typologist working with corpus-based and phylogenetic methods for studying language diversity. My current research adds this angle to the SFB 1102 IDeaL project in order to explain cross-linguistic patterns in information distribution. The first findings on doing that using our corpus CIEP+ can be found:
- in this paper on variation in adnominal word order in European languages;
- and in this multi-authored statement paper on why a gradient approach to word order is needed.
My research program at large spans from work on inferring phylogenetic relationships (phylogenetic trees)…
- for example, on the Dravidian language family, see here;
- for a recent paper on accounting for reticulation when inferring phylogenies, see here;
…to using these trees to do quantitative typology using phylogenetic comparative methods. I have worked on a variety of topics using these methods, among others;
- on motion event encoding, see my PhD thesis;
- on numeral typology, see here, I am also involved in Numeralbank, a work in progress containing information on the numeral systems of 1000s of languages;
- on the ecology of language diversity, joining Chris Bentz, see here and here;
- on Bantu gender systems with Francesca Di Garbo, see here and here;
- work on Indo-European negative existential constructions with Shahar Shirtz, see here and here.
But I have worked on other topics too:
- work with Ewelina Wnuk and colleagues, demonstrating that color technology is not necessary for rich and efficient color language;
- see here for the presentation of Steve Moran's BDPROTO, a database comprising phonological inventory data from 257 ancient and reconstructed languages, including a case study on rates of change of consonantal and vocalic systems;
- see here for a paper with Mark Pagel and colleagues on modeling vocabulary using approximate Bayesian computation, methodology usually employed in population genetics;
- and see here for a study on source and goal marking in various European languages
Most of these works are open access, and some can be found on one of the outlets below. If you need a copy of something and can’t find it, please write to me.
You can find some videos by me here: