in preparation

(ed.) The Oxford guide to the Transeurasian languages. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Waar komt het Japans vandaan? (Licht op Japan Serie) Amsterdam: University Press.

Austronesian influence and Transeurasian ancestry in Japanese: A case of farming/language dispersal? Language Dynamics and Change (Special issue, edited by John Whitman & Mark Hudson “Re-assessing the Farming/Language Dispersal Hypothesis in Northeast Asia”)

in press

(ed.) Transeurasian linguistics (4 volumes). Routledges Critical Concepts in Linguistics series. London: Routledge.

Insubordination and the establishment of genealogical relationship. In: Evans, Nicholas & Watanabe, Honore (eds.) Dynamics of insubordination. (Typological Studies in Language.) Amsterdam: Benjamins.

Japanese, Korean and the Transeurasian languages. In: Hickey, Raymond (ed.) The Cambridge handbook of areal linguistics (Cambridge Handbooks in Language and Linguistics.) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

The development of finiteness in the Transeurasian languages. Linguistics (Special issue, edited by Björn Wiemer “Complementation strategies in Eurasia”)

Proto-Transeurasian: where and when? Man in India 95(4)


Dr. habil. Martine Robbeets

Research interests

Comparative linguistics, historical linguistics, linguistic typology, areal linguistics language contact, morphology, grammaticalization theory, interdisciplinary research and linguistic evolution

Languages of interest

Turkic languages, Mongolic languages, Tungusic languages, Korean, Japanese, Ryukyuan languages, Ainu and Paleosiberian languages, languages of Europe and Asia in general.


2015 Habil in Language Typology, University of Mainz, Germany.

2003 Ph.D. in Comparative Linguistics, Leiden University, the Netherlands.

1998 M.A. in Korean Studies, Leiden University, the Netherlands.

1996 M.A. in Japanese Studies, Catholic University Leuven, Belgium.

Positions held

2015 onwards: W2 research group leader at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena

2014-2015: Associate Professor in Japanese Linguistics at Leiden University.

2010-2014: DFG research project leader, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

2009- 2011: Visiting professor by return mandate from the Belgian Federal Government, University of Leuven

2007-2008: Interim professor for General Linguistics, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

2006-2007: Postdoctoral Av Humboldt research fellow and lecturer, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz

2004-2005 Postdoctoral research fellow, University of Tokyo 

1998- 2003 Teaching and Research Assistant, Leiden University 

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