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Associate Researcher at CNRS


Research topics

Syntax/morpho-syntax; (symmetrical voice systems of) western Austronesia; Papuan languages (especially TNG);

language documentation and description; community involvement and capacity building (in collaboration with CELD in West Papua, Indonesia)

Research projects

As co-Principle Investigator :

As Associate Researcher :

  • Prominence related structures in western Austronesian symmetrical voice languages (Principle Investigator: Nikolaus P. Himmelmann), in the collaborative research center Prominence in Language (SFB 1252). German Research Foundation, 2017-2020.
  • PAGE: Prosodic entrainment in conversational interaction across diverse languages (Principle Investigator: Jonathan Harrington). Volkswagen Fondation, 2013-2015.
  • Capacity building on a local and national level: Documenting Totoli, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia (Principle Investigator: Nikolaus P. Himmelmann, Hasan Basri, and Wayan Pastika). DoBeS, Volkswagen Foundation, 2005-2011.



Austronesian, Papuan (Trans-New Guinea), language documentation, morpho-syntax, discourse structure, information structure



Edited Books

Recent Journal Articles and book chapters

Documentation Corpora

Publications available in HAL

Recent talks and presentations

  • 1st Jul 2021        (Stefan Schnell & Sonja Riesberg) Referential choice in transitive clauses in Austronesian. 15th International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics, Olomouc, Czech Republic. 28.06.-02.03.2021.
  • 25th Jun 2021    (invited panel talk, with Yusuf Sawaki) Collaborative research and documentation efforts at the Centre of Endangered Languages Documentation. AIFIS-MSU Conference on Indonesian Studies, Michigan. 22.06.-26.06.2021.
  • 10th Jun 2021    (with Nikolaus P. Himmelmann) Polygramma-ticalization of the Yali sequential medial verb marker –lug. 13th International Austronesian and Papuan languages and linguistics conference, Edinburgh. 10.-12.06.2021.
  • 7th Oct 2020    (invited talk, with Maria Bardají and Katherine Walker) Corpus annotation and discourse studies with language documentation corpora. Masyarakat Linguistik Indonesia (Linguistic Society of Indonesia), Keals Daring 2020.
  • 19th Jun 2020  (Stefan Schnell & Sonja Riesberg) Building the meaning of CAUSED POSSESSION – the case of Vera’a (Oceanic) and Yali (Trans-New Guinea). 12th International Austronesian and Papuan Languages and Linguistics Conference, Oslo. 18.-20.06.2020.
  • 20th Jun 2020  (Sonja Riesberg, Kurt Malcher, Maria Bardají, Nikolaus P. Himmelmann) Voice choice in Totoli discourse. 12th International Austronesian and Papuan Languages and Linguistics Conference, Oslo. 18.-20.06.2020.
  • 16th Feb 2020  (invited panel talk) Documenting and describing the languages of Eastern Indonesia – past, present, and future. Indonesian Languages and Linguistics (Inlila): State of the field. Atma Jaya University, Jakarta. 16.-18.02.2020.
  • 11th Dec 2019  Coverb constructions in Papua – how much ‘lexicon’, how much ‘grammar’? Current Trends in Papuan Linguistics, INALCO, Paris, France, 10.-11.12.2019.
  • 7th Sep 2019    Expressions of caused accompanied motion events in Yali, a Papuan language of Indonesia. The 2019 International Conference on the Austronesian and Papuan Worlds, Universitas Udayana, Denpasar, Indonesia, 06.-08.09.2019.
  • 17th Jul 2019    Expressions of caused accompanied motion events in Yali. Workshop on the Languages of Papua, Universitas Papua, Manokwari, Indonesia, 16.-18.07.2019.
  • 13th Jun 2019   (Maria Bardají, Sonja Riesberg & Nikolaus P. Himmelmann), Potentive and stative voice alternations in western Austronesian languages. 11th International Austronesian and Papuan Languages and Linguistics Conference, Leiden. 13.-15.06.2019.
  • 13th Jun 2019   (Anna Margetts et al.) BRING and TAKE. Caused accompanied motion events in Austronesian languages. 11th International Austronesian and Papuan Languages and Linguistics Conference, Leiden. 13.-15.07.2019.
  • 27th May 2019   Some parameters probably relevant when working towards a typology of co-verb constructions in Papuan languages. Vielfaltslinguistik III, Konferenz zu Typologie und Feldforschung. Universität zu Köln, 28.-29.03.2019.
  • 7th Dec 2018    (invited talk, first author, with Kurt Malcher and Nikolaus P. Himmelmann), ‘Reference tracking and voice choice in Totoli discourse’. Information Structure in Spoken Language Corpora 3: Discourse and Information Structure. Wesfälische Wilhelms-Universtiät, Münster, 7.-8.12.2018.
  • 27th Oct 2018   (Malcher, Kurt, Sonja Riesberg & Nikolaus P. Himmelmann), Voice and basic valency orientation in Totoli. STAS (The shaping of transitivity and argument structure), Pavia, 25.-27.10.2018
  • 15th Aug 2018   (invited key note), Coverb constructions and verb classification in Papuan languages. International Congress of the Indonesian Linguistic Society (KIMLI), Universitas Papua, Manokwari, 13.-17.08.2018.
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