I am associate professor in linguistics. My main research interests are comparative and evolutionary linguistics, grammar, lexicology, and language documentation, in particular on undescribed languages. I have specialized in the production of lexica and handbooks, among others of Tocharian, for which I received a prize from Institut de France in 2008, and Scandoromani, for which I received a prize from The Royal Academy of Gustavus Adolphus in 2009. I am research leader of a team, which aims at building a geodatabase with lexical and typological data from Eurasia and South America. The database is used for systematic and empirical studies on language diversity, using phylogenetic and phylogeographic models. 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.
Other tasks and qualifications
-2014-2017 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.
-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