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Nataliia Hübler

Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig

e-mail: nataliia_huebler@[>>> Please remove the text! <<<]eva.mpg.de

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Curriculum Vitae

About me

I am interested in the distribution of language structures in the languages of the world and the resulting inferences about the language (pre)history. I explore the history of languages of Northern Eurasia by applying phylogenetic methods and population models.

I discovered my passion for languages during my B.A. in German studies, when the history of German and phonetics became my favourite subjects at the Kiev National Linguistic University. Nevertheless I got the first real impulse to do research in linguistics (and especially in experimental phonetics) during my exchange term at the University of Jena after visiting the lectures by Prof. Adrian Paul Simpson. This experience led me to an M.A. in phonetics and language typology at the University of Kiel, where Prof. Alena Witzlack-Makarevich introduced the fascinating world of language typology to me. I continued working in language typology as a research assistant with the Grambank project and coded some Atlantic-Congo, Afro-Asiatic, Central Sudanic, Nakh-Daghestanian, Nilotic, Ta-Ne-Omotic, Uralic and other languages. Reading grammars on a daily basis followed me into my PhD. I started my PhD in an interdisciplinary project Eurasia3angle by collecting a database of so-called  “Transeurasian” or “Macro-Altaic” languages, which cover five language families: Turkic, Mongolic, Tungusic, Japonic and Koreanic. In the first stage of my PhD I was applying neighbour-joining and Bayesian tree-sampling methods to obtain the internal structure of the Transeurasian unity. In the second stage, I investigated the phylogenetic signal in structural features and reconstructed ancestral states of structural features at the level of each language family. Finally, I apply admixture models from population genetics to better distinguish between the horizontal and vertical transmission of structural features and to visualise these two sources of similarities between the languages in the area.

Curriculum Vitae

2020-2021Ph.D. within DLCE, MPI SHH (continued after parental leave): Evolutionary dynamics of structural features
2016-2018Ph.D. within Eurasia3angle research group, MPI SHH: Internal structure of the Transeurasian language family
2013-2016M.A. in Language and Variation; German linguistics. University of Kiel. Major: Language typology, Phonetics. M.A. thesis: “Passive construction with intransitive verbs: typology and distribution”
2011-2012Exchange student (DAAD Scholarship): German studies; Phonetics. University of Jena
2008-2012B.A. in German studies. Kyiv National Linguistic University. Major: German teaching, Literature, English. B.A. thesis: “Sources of loanwords in German: An investigation based on written mass media”


Hübler, N. (2022). Phylogenetic signal and rate of evolutionary change in language structures. Royal Society Open Science, 9(3): 211252.
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Hübler, N. (2020). Typological profile of the Transeurasian languages from a quantitative perspective. In The Oxford guide to the Transeurasian languages (pp. 145-159). Oxford University Press.
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Neshcheret, N. (2016). Passive construction with intransitive verbs: typology and distribution. Master Thesis, Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Kiel.
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