Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

Dr. Annemarie Verkerk

Kahlaische Strasse 10

07745 Jena



Dr. Annemarie Verkerk

Dr. Annemarie Verkerk

Dr. Annemarie Verkerk


  • +49 (0) 3641 686-829


Main Focus

I am a diachronic typologist. I use phylogenetic comparative methods to study typological diversity and change within language families, including the Indo-European, Austronesian, and Niger-Congo language families. My main domains of interest are typology and historical linguistics, especially research that provides a synthesis of these two linguistic subfields.

Curriculum Vitae

  • Postdoctoral research associate, Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Jena, Germany (2016– )
  • Postdoctoral research associate, Reading Evolutionary Biology Group, University of Reading, Reading, United Kingdom (2012-2016)
  • PhD "The evolutionary dynamics of motion event encoding", Evolutionary Processes in Language and Culture group, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands (2009-2012)
  • BA and MA in Linguistics, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands (2004-2009)

Currently I am working on Bantu noun classes, numeral systems in Vanuatu/Oceanic, and negative existentials in Indo-European.

Recent publications
  • Kolipakam, Vishnupriya, Jordan, Fiona M., Dunn, Michael, Greenhill, Simon J., Bouckaert, Remco, Gray, Russell D. & Verkerk, Annemarie. (2018). A Bayesian phylogenetic study of the Dravidian language family. Royal Society Open Science 5: 171504. 
  • Soroli, E. and Verkerk, A. 2017. Motion events in Greek: Methodological and typological issues. CogniTextes vol. 15. available at:
  • Verkerk, A. 2017. The goal-over-source principle in Indo-European: Preliminary results from a parallel corpus study. In S. Luraghi, T. Nikitina and C. Zanchi (eds.), Space in diachrony (pp. 1-40). Amsterdam: Benjamins. 
  • Verkerk, A. 2017. Phylogenies: Future, not fallacy. Book review of Pereltsvaig and Lewis (2015), “The Indo-European controversy: Facts and fallacies in historical linguistics”. Language Dynamics and Change 7(1): 127-140. 
  • Calude, Andreea S., & Verkerk, Annemarie. 2016. The typology and diachrony of higher numerals in Indo-European: a phylogenetic comparative study. Journal of Language Evolution: lzw003.
  • Bentz, C., Verkerk, A., Kiela, D., Hill, F., and Buttery, P. (2015). Adaptive languages: Modeling the co-evolution of population structure and lexical diversity. PLoS ONE 10(6): e0128254.
  • Verkerk, A. (2015). Where do all the motion verbs come from? The speed of development of manner verbs and path verbs in Indo-European. Diachronica, 32(1): 69-104.

Organizational Unit (Department, Group, Facility):

  • Dept. of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution
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