Publications (selection)

In Press / Submitted / in circulation for comments

Fitting the pieces together. Towards a linguistic prehistory of eastern-central South Asia (and beyond). In press. (Copy of data description and actual feature values can be obtained by contacting the author) To appear in Journal of South Asian Languages and Linguistics, 4(2).

"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)

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

"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."



"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)



"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.  - Review of the book

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 - XML- or PDF-format)

"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).