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

Dr. Juliette Huber

Dr. Juliette Huber
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Juliette Huber is a research fellow at the Department of Asian and African Studies at Humboldt University. Following her MA studies in General Linguistics at the University of Zurich (Switzerland), she earned her PhD at Leiden University (the Netherlands) and has since worked as a research and teaching fellow at a variety of academic institutions, including Lund University (Sweden), the University of Regensburg (Germany) and the University of Zurich (Switzerland). To date, her research focus has been on the non-Austronesian Timor-Alor-Pantar languages spoken in the eastern part of Timor-Leste, and in particular Makalero, of which she has produced a descriptive grammar. At the Department of Asian and African Studies, she studies the Hakka variety of the Chinese-descended communities in both Timor-Leste as well as West Timor, concentrating on variation within phonology and lexicon.

Research Interests

  • Descriptive linguistics and language documentation
  • Historical linguistics
  • Language contact
  • Sociolinguistic variation
  • Linguistic prehistory
  • Toponymy

Key Publications

  • “At the Periphery of Nanyang: The Hakka Community of Timor-Leste.” In: Caroline Chia & Tom Hoogervorst (eds.). Forthcoming (2021). Sinophone Southeast Asia: Sinitic Voices across the Southern Seas. Leiden: Brill.
  • “East Fataluku.” In: Antoinette Schapper (ed.). 2020. The Papuan Languages of Timor, Alor and Pantar: Sketch Grammars (vol. 3). Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. 347-426. Mit Aone van Engelenhoven.
  • “Natural locations and the distinction between ‘what’ and ‘where’ concepts: Evidence from differential locative marking in Makalero.” Linguistics 56 (3). 2018. 477-512.
  • “Makalero and Makasae.” In: Antoinette Schapper (ed.). 2017. The Papuan Languages of Timor, Alor and Pantar: Sketch Grammars (vol. 2). Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. 267-362.
  • A grammar of Makalero: A Papuan language of East Timor. 2011. Utrecht: LOT.

Third-party funding

German Research Foundation, At the periphery of the Sinophone world: Language variation in the Hakka varieties of East Timor (Timor-Leste) and West Timor (Indonesia).


Research on Hakka in Timor would not be possible without the following organizations, whose cooperation and non-material support I gratefully acknowledge:

  • Académicos Timorenses de Coimbra: Association of Timorese academics in Coimbra, Portugal

  • Associação Comercial da Comunidade Chinesa Timorense / Assosiasaun Comunidade Xineza Timor-Oan: Commercial association of the Chinese community of Timor-Leste

  • Perhimpunan Putra Putri Hakka Nusa Tenggara Timur: Hakka Association of East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia