Niclas Burenhult

Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Humanities
  • Languages and Literature
  • Other Humanities


  • Language, Cognition, Culture, Landscape, Perception, Southeast Asia, Austroasiatic languages, Language documentation, Intangible Cultural Heritage, Field methods, Hunter-gatherers, Forest, Space, Indigenous knowledge, Linguistic diversity, Olfaction


Niclas Burenhult received his Ph.D. in General Linguistics from Lund University in 2002. He is currently Associate Professor of General Linguistics at the Centre for Languages and Literature, Lund University, and Research Associate in the Language and Cognition Group at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen. His research interests include the relationship between language, culture and cognition, semantic typology, language documentation and description, and linguistic prehistory, with particular focus on Southeast Asia. He has a particular interest in linguistic categorisation of landscape and was awarded a European Research Council Starting Grant in 2010 for the project 'Language, cognition and landscape (LACOLA)'. He is a leading expert on the Aslian languages, a group of Austroasiatic languages spoken in the Malay Peninsula, and he is a coordinator of the digital resource 'Repository and Workspace for Austroasiatic Intangible Heritage' (RWAAI). His research is currently funded by two grants from the Swedish Foundation for Humanities and Social Sciences.

Recent research outputs

Niclas Burenhult, 2019, (Accepted/In press) The Language of Hunter-Gatherers. Güldemann, T., McConvell, P. & Rhodes, R. A. (eds.). Cambridge University Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

Nicole Kruspe & Niclas Burenhult, 2019, The social dynamics of pronominal systems: A comparative approach. Bouissac, P. (ed.). John Benjamins Publishing Company, p. 289-317 (Pragmatics and Beyond New Series; vol. 304).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapter

Majid, A., Niclas Burenhult, Marcus Stensmyr, de Valk, J. & Hansson, B. S., 2018 Jun 18, In : Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences. 373, 1752

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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