I am a linguistic typologist working with 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.

This research program 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;
  • recent work that will hopefully appear soon includes work on Bantu gender systems with Francesca Di Garbo  and work on Indo-European negative existential constructions with Shahar Shirtz.

But I have worked on other topics too:

  • see here for a paper 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

Some of these papers 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.


Jun.-Prof. Dr. Annemarie Verkerk


Universität des Saarlandes
Fachrichtung Sprachwissenschaft und Sprachtechnologie
Annemarie Verkerk
Gebaude A2.2, Raum 1.23
66123 Saarbrücken

e-mail: annemarie.verkerk(at)uni-saarland.de