Nicole Kruspe

Researcher, PhD

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • General Language Studies and Linguistics


  • Austroasiatic languages, Aslian languages, Semelai, Mah Meri, Ceq Wong, Semaq Beri, Batek, Language documentation, Language description, Semantics, Typology, Culture


Nicole Kruspe is a specialist in the Aslian (Austroasiatic) languages of the Malay Peninsula. She received her PhD in linguistics at The University of Melbourne in 2000 for A Grammar of Semelai, and has since undertaken documentation of the previously undescribed Mah Meri, Ceq Wong, Semaq Beri and Batek languages. Among her interests are fieldwork methodology, language documentation, grammar writing, structural and semantic typology, language contact and the prehistory of the Austroasiatic languages.

In her current project, Singing spiders, sobbing stones (funded by VR), she is investigating the linguistic representation of sound in Aslian languages. Her previous research was on Perceptual modalities across languages and cultures in the Malay Peninsula, focussing on olfaction and vision, and funded by the Riksbankens Jubileumsfond.

She is the co-founder and Curator of RWAAI (The Repository and Workspace for Austroasiatic Intangible Heritage) at Lund University, an initiative funded by a Riksbankens Jubileumsfond Infrastructure Grant.

Recent research outputs

Jens Larsson, Niclas Burenhult, Nicole Kruspe, Ross Purves, Mikael Rothstein & Peter Sercombe, 2021, In: International Journal of Social Research Methodology. 24, 1, p. 1-13

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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

Asifa Majid & Nicole Kruspe, 2018 Feb, In: Current Biology. 28, 3, p. 409-413.e2

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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