Centre for Languages and Literature

The Joint Faculties of Humanities and Theology | Lund University


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 builds 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 have a long-term collaboration with UMR 7528 at EPHE/Sorbonne in Paris. I am also interested in teaching and development of teaching material.


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.


Books (6)
Editorships (3)
Articles (10)
Book chapters (11)
Conference contributions (9)
Working papers (2)
Reviews (1)
Miscellaneous (1)

Research portal (Lund University)

Other tasks and qualifications


  • 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


  • 2010 Elected member, Society of Science (Vetenskapssocieteten), Lund University.
  • 2006 Elected associated researcher, CNRS/ Sorbonne Nouvelle/ EPHE, Paris.
  • 2004 Elected collegium member, Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul.
  • 2000-2004 Elected board member, Indo-European Society/Indogermanische Gesellschaft.


  • 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.

Gerd Carling

General Linguistics
Centre for Languages and Literature

Contact information

E-mail gerd.carlingling.luse

Phone +46 46 222 99 07

Room SOL:H422a

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