Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences - Institute of Asian and African Studies


Peer reviewed conferences

  • Lesage, Jakob, Hannah J. Haynie, Hedvig Skirgård, Tobias Weber & Alena Witzlack-Makarevich. 2022. Mind the gap! What typological databases tell us about the state of grammatical descriptions. Paper presented at Where do we need to go from here? Language documentation and archiving during the decade of indigenous languages, Berlin, 3-7 October 2022, Berlin.
  • Haynie, Hannah J., Jakob Lesage, Hedvig Skirgård, Tobias Weber, Alena Witzlack-Makarevich, Jay J. Latarche & Russell D. Gray. 2022. Creating a large-scale global linguistic database - hard lessons learnt. Talk at History in Ones and Zeroes — The Challenges Involved in Coding the Past, University of British Columbia, Vancouver.
  • Lesage, Jakob. 2021. Plural words in the Macro-Sudan Belt. Paper presented at the workshop “West-central African linguistic history between Macro-Sudan Belt and Niger-Congo: commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Berlin professorship for African languages and the legacy of Diedrich Westermann”, 4 to 6 November 2021, Berlin.
  • Lesage, Jakob, Hedvig Skirgård, Alena Witzlack-Makarevich, Hannah J. Haynie & Tobias Weber. 2021. Seeing the forest or the trees: lessons for grammar writing from Grambank, a large scale typological database. Paper presented at Descriptive Grammars & Typology II: Paris 1-3 December 2021, Paris.
  • Lesage, Jakob. 2021. Stem initial accent and the phoneme inventory of Kam (Nigeria). Paper presented at the Workshop “Establishing Phoneme inventories”, held at International Conference of Nordic and General Linguistics (ICNGL) 2021, University of Oslo.
  • Lesage, Jakob & Litvinova, Lora. 2019. The tone system of Kam. Mainz, Germany. Paper presented at the Adamawa Conference 2019, Mainz, Germany, September 9, 2019.
  • Lesage, Jakob. 2018. Negation in Kam (Niger-Congo, Central-eastern Nigeria). INALCO, Paris. Paper presented at Syntax of the World’s Languages, INALCO, Paris.
  • Lesage, Jakob & Neshcheret, Nataliia. 2017. Wordhood issues while compiling a large-scale typological database. Zürich. Talk presented at the workshop "What is a word?”, Zürich.
  • Davidse, Kristin & Van Linden, An & Lesage, Jakob & Brems, Lot. 2014. Negation, grammaticalization and subjectification: The development of polar, modal and mirative no way-constructions. Talk at the 18th International Conference on English Historical Linguistics: Session on Grammaticalization (Noun Phrase), University of Leuven.

Invited talks

  • Velde, Mark van de, Dmitry Idiatov & Jakob Lesage. 2023. Documenting the minority languages of Northern Nigeria. Talk at the colloquium “Documenter et décrire les langues et littératures minoritaires et en danger à l’ère numérique : épistémologies, pratiques et défis”, INALCO, Paris.
  • Lesage, Jakob. 2022. Triangulation is not enough: Disentangling words-and-things approaches to the history of “iron” in sub-Saharan Africa. Talk at the Uppsala Working Group on Empirical linguistics, Uppsala.
  • Lesage, Jakob. 2022. Remote fieldwork two years on: what does a distant field yield? Talk at FAL: Fieldwork in Anthropology and Linguistics, 10-05-2022, Uppsala University.
  • Bolaños, Katherine, Jakob Lesage & Sheena Shah. 2021. Planning remote field work for language documentation. Workshop at the ELDP Remote Fieldwork workshop series, Online.
  • Lesage, Jakob. 2021. Binominal compounds in Pama-Nyungan. Leuven. Talk at the FunC Lectures, Leuven, Belgium, 18th March 2021.
  • Lesage, Jakob. 2019. The position of Kam (Central-Eastern Nigeria) within Niger-Congo (And the overestimation of genealogical uniformity in African languages). Talk at the workshop “Approaches to the study of language variation and change in indigenous minority languages (ASIMIL)”, Leiden, April 3, 2019.
  • Hammarström, Harald & Lesage, Jakob. 2016. Grambank: A New Worldwide Typological Database. Talk at a workshop on “Database Representations for Morphosyntactic Variation”, SOAS, London.
  • Lesage, Jakob. 2016. Grambank: some coders’ perspectives. Talk at a workshop on “Database Representations for Morphosyntactic Variation”, SOAS, London.


  • Lesage, Jakob. 2021. Multi-verb constructions in Kam (Niger-Congo, Nigeria). Talk at the Colloquium on African languages and linguistics, Humboldt University Berlin.
  • Lesage, Jakob. 2021. Dealing with field work withdrawal: Community-based documentation of Kam. Talk at the Colloquium on African languages and linguistics, Humboldt University Berlin.
  • Lesage, Jakob. 2019. Tense, aspect, modality, and (some) negation in Kam (and some hidden information structure). Talk at a workshop on “TAM systems in Adamawa Languages”, Universität Hamburg.
  • Lesage, Jakob. 2019. Adjectives in Kam (a Niger-Congo language of central-eastern Nigeria). Leiden. Talk at the 49th Colloquium on African Languages and Linguistics (CALL), Leiden, August 28, 2019.
  • Lesage, Jakob. 2018. Tense, aspect and mood in Kam (unclassified Niger-Congo). Leiden. Talk at the 48th Colloquium on African Languages and Linguistics (CALL), Leiden.