Current Projects


Towards a linguistic prehistory of eastern central South Asia (and beyond)

Peterson, John. 2017. "Fitting the pieces together. Towards a linguistic prehistory of eastern-central South Asia (and beyond)." Journal of South Asian Languages and Linguistics, 4(2). 211-257.

Peterson, John. 2017. "Jharkhand as a "linguistic area" - Language contact between Indo-Aryan and Munda in eastern-central South Asia." Raymond Hickey (ed.), The Cambridge Handbook of Areal Linguistics. [Cambridge Handbooks in Language and Linguistics.] Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 551-574.

Peterson, John. 2010. "Language contact in Jharkhand. Linguistic convergence between Munda and Indo-Aryan in eastern central India." Himalayan Linguistics 9.2: 56-86.





- Jessica Ivani. " A first overview of Suansu, a Tibeto-Burman language from Northeastern India." SEALS 29, May 26-29, Tokyo, Japan.

- John Peterson. "Jharkhand as a "Sprachbund"? Munda influence on Indo-Aryan in eastern central India." Department of Linguistics, University of Delhi, Delhi, India. May 1, 2019.




Identifying Intersections Between Prosody, Gesture, and Conversation

See project details here.



Previous projects


  • "Literacy Acquisition in Schools in the Context of Migration and Multilingualism - A Comparative Study" (LAS), John Peterson, in cooperation with Prof. Dr. Michael Bommes (IMIS, Universität Osnabrück) (PI), Prof. Dr. Christoph Schroeder (Universität Postdam, previously İstanbul Bilgi  University) (PI), and Prof. Dr. Ulrich Mehlem (Universität Bielefeld, previously: Universität Osnabrück). 2007-2011.

    Team members in Germany: Dr. Anja Boneß (Universität Kiel), Dr. Inken Sürig (Universität Osnabrück), Dr. Yazgül Şimşek (Universität Potsdam), Helena Olfert, M.A. (Universität Duisburg)
    Funded by the VolkswagenFoundation