Thomas Pellard (EN)

I am a linguist, and I study the diversity of languages and their diversification in time and space. I seek to understand how languages evolve through time and what they can tell us about human prehistory in general. I work on the languages of Japan, especially the endangered and under-documented languages of the Ryūkyū Islands.

My work is mainly in the fields of historical and comparative linguistics, phylolinguistics, archaeolinguistics, and geolinguistics. I have also worked on the description of endangered languages and on the computational modeling and quantification of linguistic complexity (phonology, morphology).

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

To find out more, please consult my list of publications or download my full CV or my short CV.