Prof. Dr. Martin Haspelmath

Current Work

I am involved in two research projects at Leipzig University: The ERC-funded project "Grammatical universals", and the DFG-funded project "Open-access publication of linked dictionaries" (together with Barbara Stiebels, at the Institut für Linguistik). I am also a member of the IGRA research training group for doctoral students. My primary position is as a senior researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, where I work on grammatical comparison in a world-wide perspective.

Previous Experience

I studied at the University of Vienna and the University of Cologne (with visiting stays at University at Buffalo and Moscow State University) and got my doctoral degree at Freie Universität Berlin (1993), where I also had my first postdoc position. After spending some time at the University of Bamberg and the Università di Pavia, I joined the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig in 1998. When the institute was closed with Bernard Comrie's retirement in 2015, I moved to the new Jena institute and to Leipzig University. My best-known books are "Indefinite pronouns" (1997) and "Understanding morphology" (2002), as well as the "World Atlas of Language Structures" (2005, also available online).

More information is available from my personal website.