Thomas Pellard (EN)

I am a linguist specialized in the languages of Japan, with a focus on the highly endangered and still underdocumented languages of the Ryūkyū Islands. I research how the languages of Japan have evolved through time and how they can tell us about the human prehistory of the Japanese islands. I also work on quantifying the complexity of phonological and morphological systems of languages with computational tools.

I work as a CNRS research scientist (tenured) at the Centre de Recherches Linguistiques sur l’Asie Orientale (CRLAO) in Paris, France. I also teach at the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (Inalco).

Main research interests
  • historical-comparative linguistics
  • endangered languages
  • computational and quantitative approaches to phonology and morphology
  • languages of Japan (Japanese, Ryukyuan, Hachijo…)
Representative publications (chronological order)
Recent talks
  • Lévêque, Dimitri & Pellard, Thomas. 2019. Advancing the study of endangered languages with computational tools for morphology: The case of Asama verb paradigms. Paper presented at LIFT 2019: Scientific meeting of the “ Computational, formal & field linguistics ” research group. Orléans. 28–29 November 2019.
    Open access
  • Pellard, Thomas. 2019. Gengogaku kara mita Ryūkyū rettō e no hito no idōshi (言語学から見た琉球列島への人の移動誌) [The history of human migrations to the Ryukyu Islands seen from the perspective of linguistics]. Paper presented at Ryūkyū rettō e no hito to bunka no idō (琉球列島への人と文化の移動) [The migrations of humans and culture in the Ryukyu Islands]. Naha. 16–17 November 2019.
  • Lévêque, Dimitri & Pellard, Thomas. 2019. Description of verbal morphology of Asama: A realizational and implemented approach. Paper presented at International Symposium of Morphology 2019. Paris: Université Paris Diderot. 25–27 September 2019.
    Open access
  • Pellard, Thomas. 2019. Les origines du japonais.Strasbourg: Université de Strasbourg. 30 January 2019.
  • Pellard, Thomas. 2018. Nichiryū shogo no keitō bunrui ni tsuite (日琉諸語の系統分類と分岐について) [On the phylogenetic classification and the separation of the Japonic languages]. Paper presented at Fīrudo to bunken kara miru Nichiryū shogo no keitō to rekishi (フィールドと文献から見る日琉諸語の系統と歴史) [Phylesis and the history of the Japonic languages from philological and field linguistic perspectives]. Tachikawa: National Institute for Japanese Language & Linguistics. 22–23 December 2018.
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