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
Dept. of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution

Phone: +49 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.
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