Publications (selection)

In Press / Submitted / in circulation for comments

Ivani, J., N. Paudyal & J. Peterson. in press. A house divided? Evidence for the East-West Indo-Aryan divide and its significance for the study of northern South Asia. In J. Ivani & J. Peterson (eds.). Autumn, 2020.

Ivani, J. & J. Peterson (eds.), Introduction. In J. Ivani & J. Peterson (eds.). Autumn, 2020.

Paudyal, N. & J. Peterson. in press. How one language became four: The impact of different contact-scenarios between “Sadani” and the tribal languages of Jharkhand. In J. Ivani & J. Peterson (eds.). Autumn, 2020.

J. Ivani & J. Peterson (eds.). Special issue dedicated to language contact and prehistory in South Asia of: The Journal of South Asian Languages and Linguistics. Autumn, 2020.

"Finiteness from a typological perspective." Submitted. 37pp.

"Lexical and grammatical categories in Role and Reference Grammar (RRG)". To appear in: Robert D. Van Valin, Jr. (ed.), Handbook of Role and Reference Grammar  (Cambridge Handbooks in Language and Linguistics)

"The "totality" morpheme -may in Kharia."  To appear in: Ram Dayal Munda (ed.), Felicitation Volume for Noman Zide.

"Active, middle and stative in Kharia (South Munda) - A prototypical perspective."

in press, with Sunil Baraik. A Grammar of Nagpuri Sadri. A lingua franca of eastern central India. 325 pages. Mysore: Central Institute of Indian Languages (CIIL).



"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.

"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.



"Multilingualism, multilectalism and register variation in lingusitic theory - Extending the diasystematic approach." In: Jens Fleischhauer, Anja Latrouite & Rainer Osswald (eds.), Eplorations of the Syntax-Semantic Interface. (Studies in Language and Cognition, 3). Düsseldorf University Press. 109-147. Download book here.

The Munda Dictionary Project

  -  Together with Tim Witte (B.A.) and Jana Behrens (M.A.)



(guest editor): Advances in Munda Linguistics. Special isse of Journal of South Asian Languages and Linguistics. Vol. 2/2.

"Introduction - advances in the study of Munda languages." Journal of South Asian Languages and Linguistics. 2/2: 149-162.

"From "finite" to "narrative" - The enclitic marker =a in Kherwarian (North Munda) and Sadri (Indo-Aryan). Journal of South Asian Languages and Linguistics. 2/2: 185-214.

Sprache und Migration. [Kurze Einführungen in die germanistische Linguistik (Kegli), 18]. Heidelberg: Winter.   ("Language and Migration" - an introductory book on practical and theoretical aspects of multilingualism for students training to become teachers).

- Reviews: 1. Germanistische Mitteilungen, 43.2 (2017), 198ff; 2. Zeitschrift für Dialektologie und Linguistik, LXXXIII. Jg., Heft 2 (2016), 234f



"Figuratively speaking - number in Kharia." Anne Storch & Gerrit J. Dimmendaal (eds.), " Number - Constructions and Semantics. Case studies from Africa, Amazonia, India and Oceania. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 77-110.  [SLCS 151].



"Parts of Speech in Kharia. A formal account." Jan Rijkhoff & Eva van Lier (eds.), Flexible Word Classes. Typological Studies of Underspecified Parts of Speech. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 131-168.



 A Grammar of Kharia. A South Munda Language. Leiden: Brill. (Brill’s Studies in South and Southwest Asian Languages; 1). XXIV, 474 pp.  - Reviews: 1. Himalayan Linguistics, 2. Linguistic Typology

Kharia Texts. Glossed, translated and annotated. Language Description Heritage - Open Access Library, -XVII, 177 pp.

 ""Words" in Kharia - Phonological, morpho-syntactic, and “orthographical” aspects." Geoffrey L.J. Haig, Nicole Nau, Stefan Schnell & Claudia Wegener (eds.), Documenting Endangered Languages. Achievements and Perspectives. Berlin / Boston: De Gruyter Mouton (Trends in Linguistics, Studies and Monographs, 240). 89-119.

 "Aspects of Kharia grammar: A Role and Reference Grammar approach." In Rajendra Singh & Ghanshyam Sharma (eds.), Annual Review of South Asian Languages and Linguistics. 2011. Berlin / Boston: De Gruyter Mouton. (Trends in Linguistics, Studies and Monographs, 241). 81-124

(with Savita Kiran) "Sadani / Sadri." In: Новые индоарийские языки . Ред. кол. Л.И. Куликов, Т.И. Оранская, А.Ю. Русаков. - "Языки мира", т. 16, Российская Академия Наук, Институт Языкознания. Москва: Academia. 367-379. (English version)

"Konkani." In: Новые индоарийские языки . Ред. кол. Л.И. Куликов, Т.И. Оранская, А.Ю.Русаков. - "Языки мира", т. 16, Российская Академия Наук, Институт Языкознания. Москва: Academia. 616-637. (English version)



""Pseudo-Verbs" - an analysis of non-verbal (co-)predication in Maltese." Bernard Comrie, Ray Fabri, Manwel  Mifsud, Thomas Stolz & Martine Vanhove (Hrsg.), Introducing Maltese Linguistics. Proceedings of the 1st International conference on Maltese Linguistics (Bremen/Germany, 18-20 October, 2007). (Studies in Language Companion Series 113). Amsterdam / Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 181-204.

"A Kharia-English Lexicon." Himalayan Linguistics Archive 5. I-XV, 1-212.

(with Utz Maas) "Reduplication in Kharia." Morphology 19/2: 207-237.


"Kharia". Gregory D.S. Anderson (Hrsg.), The Munda Languages. London: Routledge. 434-507.

"Die Sprachen Jharkhands. Ein Beispiel für die sprachliche Vielfalt Südasiens und was wir daraus lernen können". Südasien. 28/3: 88-91.


"Languages without nouns and verbs? An alternative to lexical classes in Kharia." Colin Masica (ed.). Old and New Perspectives on South Asian Languages: Grammar and Semantics. Papers growing out of the Fifth International Conference on South Asian Linguistics (ICOSAL-5), held at Moscow, Russia in July 2003. Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass. 274-303.


Review: George Cardona & Dhanesh Jain (Hrsg.). 2003. The Indo-Aryan Languages. London / New York: Routledge(Routledge Language Family Series). (xx, 1062 pages). Language 82/4. 891-4.

Kharia. A South Munda Language.
Bd. I: Grammatical Analysis. v, 375 pp.
Bd. II: Kharia Texts. Glossed, Translated and Annotated. v, 181 pp.
Bd. III: Kharia-English Lexicon. ii, 304 pp.


"There's a grain of truth in every "myth", or, Why the discussion of lexical classes in Mundari isn't quite over yet." Kommentar zu Nicholas Evans & Toshiki Osada: "Mundari: the myth of a language without word classes." Linguistic Typology 9:391-405.


"Morphological and Semantic Finiteness in Kharia: A first look". Michael Bommes, Doris Tophinke & Christina Noack (eds.), Sprache und Form. Eine Festschrift für Utz Maas. Wiesbaden: Westdeutscher Verlag. 63-73.


"The Nepali Converbs: A holistic approach". Rajendra Singh (chief editor). Yearbook of South Asian Languages and Linguistics, 2002. Dehli: Sage Publications. 93-133.


"Pali". Jane Gary and Carl Rubino (eds.). Facts about the World's Languages: An Encyclopedia of the World's Major Languages, Past and Present. New York / Dublin: New England Publishing Associates. 534-538.


"Evidentials, Inferentials and Mirativity in Nepali". Balthasar Bickel (ed.). Person and evidence in Himalayan languages. Special Edition of Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area. 23/2:13-37.

"Grammatische Relationen in Pali und die Entstehung von Ergativität im Indoarischen". Historische Sprachforschung, 112/2:227-63.


"The Nepali Subordinated Verb". Yogendra P. Yadava and Warren W. Glover (eds.). Topics in Nepalese Linguistics. Kathmandu: Royal Nepal Academy. 337-70.


Grammatical Relations in Pali and the Emergence of Ergativity in Indo-Aryan. München: LINCOM Europa (LINCOM Studies in Indo-European Linguistics, 1 / LINCOM Studies in Asian Linguistics, 6).