Centre for Languages and Literature

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University

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I am associate professor in linguistics and work as researcher and teacher. My main research interests are historical linguistics, grammar/syntax, language contact, and linguistic fieldwork, in particular on small, undescribed languages. I have specialized in the production of lexica and handbooks, among others I have produced a dictionary of Tocharian, for which I received a prize from Institut de France in 2008, and a dicitonary and grammar of Scandoromani, for which I received a prize from The Royal Academy of Gustavus Adolphus in 2009. I am currently PI of two projects, LUNDIC (MAW), in which we build a geodatabase with lexical and typological data from three macro-areas, and CeDICT (VR), where we construct an e-dicitonary of Tocharian. I have made several research visits at other universities, e.g., as Humboldt fellow at University of Kiel and at SCAS in Uppsala. I am also interested in teaching and development of teaching material, as well as research administration

Research

About the research

I have various research interests. My background is in Sanskrit and Comparative Indo-European linguistics but my current focus is on General linguistics. I have been working mainly on Tocharian, an extinct Indo-European language of Chinese Central Asia, with the disciplines lexicography, text edition, case structure and reconstruction of pre-historic language contact. Another research interest, related to Sanskrit, is Romani. I have written a book on language contact between Swedish and Romani and I have also, in collaboration with two native speakers, compiled two research monographs on the language Scandoromani.
Within the program CCS I have worked on emergence and decay of iconicity, in particular in Indo-European.
I am currently PI within two research Projects:
-LUNDIC: Lund Digital Information System of Contextualized Typology (Marcus and Amalia Wallenberg Foundation), in which we create a geographical database, containing lexical and typological data from 400 languages of the areas Amazon, Eurasia, and the Pacific. The aim of the database is to quantify and analyze languages Contact and divergence in pre-history.
-CeDICT: A Comprehensive e-Dictionary of Tocharian (VR). The aim of this Project is to create an electronic dictionary of Tochrian.

Publications

Books (6)
Editorships (3)
Articles (9)
Book chapters (11)
Conference contributions (8)
Working papers (2)
Reviews (1)
Miscellaneous (1)

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Administrative

Tasks

  • Member, Faculty Board, Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology

Other tasks and qualifications

ACADEMIC COMMISSIONS
-2014- Board member, Faculty board, Faculty of Humanities and Theology, Lund University
-2011-2014 Chair, Research board, Kristianstad University.
-2010-2011 Board member, Research board, Kristianstad University.
-2009-2012 Chair, Romani Studies Institute.
-2008-2010 Board member, Infrastructure Board of the Faculty of Humanities and Theology, Lund University.
-2006-2007 Board member, Board of the University Library, Faculty of Humanities and Theology, Lund University.
-1999-2000 Deputy chair, Council of doctoral students, Faculty of Arts, Gothenburg University.
-1997-1999 Board member, Faculty Board of the Humanities, Gothenburg University.

DISTINCTIONS

-Prize, Fondation Collette Caillat de l’Institut de France, for the book "A Dictionary and Thesaurus of Tocharian A, vol 1.", 2008

-Prize, The Royal Gustavus Adolphus Academy, Uppsala, for the book "Ordbok over svensk romani. Resandefolkets språk och sånger", 2009

-Selected for inclusion in Contemporary Who’s Who 2003, American Biographical Institute and Who’s Who in the World 2010, American Biographical Institute.

Gerd Carling

Researcher
General Linguistics
Centre for Languages and Literature

Contact information

E-mail gerd.carlingling.luse

Phone +46 46 222 99 07

Room SOL:H422a

Visiting address Helgonabacken 12, Lund

Postal address Box 201, 221 00 Lund

Internal post code 20

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