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

Dr Jesus Olguin Martinez

Career | Publication
Dr Jesus Olguin Martinez
AvH-Research Scholarship Holder
olguinje (at)

Humboldt-Universität → Präsidium → Kultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultät → Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften → Afrikanische Sprachen
Visiting address
Hausvogteiplatz 5-7 , Room 302d
Phone number
(030) 2093 66104
(030) 2093 66007
Mailing address
Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin


Dr. Jesus Olguin Martinez is a guest researcher at the Chair of African Linguistics and Languages from 01/2023 to 12/2024 (Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellowship).


His current research topic is: “Complex sentences in African languages.” This project will document and explain the form and function of complex sentences in a sample of 65 languages (including standard and non-standard varieties). Special attention will be paid to the development of complex sentence constructions through language contact. African languages are not usually included in most typological studies of complex sentence construction. However, various studies based on specific languages have shown that African languages can have a significant impact on our general understanding of human language. Accordingly, they can contribute to refine and inform theories of clause-linkage. Besides the expected theoretical contributions, one of the main goals of this project is the development of a digital database, containing information not only on the parameters addressed in the present study, but also other parameters not included in this research. This database will be designed in a unified format and annotation scheme ensuring the sustainability of the data.


Major research interests: Usage-based linguistics, linguistic typology, areal linguistics, intra-genetic typology, language contact, decision-making processes, grammar network approach, morphosyntax, semantics and pragmatics, discourse, corpus linguistics, clause-linkage, counterfactuality, (expletive) negation, mood and modality, community-based language documentation.