Selected publications since 2010


Sheyholislami, Jaffer, Geoffrey Haig, Haidar Khezri, Salih Akin, and Ergin Öpengin (eds.) In prep. (contract obtained). The Oxford handbook of Kurdish linguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Gündoğdu, Songül & Ergin Öpengin & Geoffrey Haig & Erik Anonby (eds.). to appear. Current issuesin Kurdish linguistics. Bamberg: Bamberg University Press.

Matras, Yaron & Ergin Öpengin & Geoffrey Haig (eds.). to appear. Structural and Typological Variation in the Dialects of Kurdish. London: Palgrave MacMillan.

Haig, Geoffrey & Geoffrey Khan (eds.). 2018. The languages and linguistics of Western Asia. An areal perspective. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Behzadi, Lale & Patrick Franke & Geoffrey Haig & Christoph Herzog & Birgitt Hoffmann & Lorenz Korn & Susanne Talabardon (eds.) Bamberger Orient Studien, Vol. 1. Bamberg: Bamberg University Press,

Mahmoudveysi, P., Bailey, D. and Paul, L. & Geoffrey Haig, 2012. The Gorani language of Gawraju, a village of West Iran. Grammar, texts and lexicon. Wiesbaden: Reichert,

Haig, Geoffrey, Nicole Nau, Stefan Schnell and Claudia Wegener (eds.) 2011, Documenting endangered languages: achievements and perspectives. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter,

Haig, Geoffrey, Agnes Korn, Pollet Samvelian, Simin Karimi (eds.) 2011. Topics in Iranian linguistics. Wiesbaden: Reichert, 


Special issues of journals

Forker, Diana & Haig, Geoffrey (eds.). 2018. Special issue of Linguistics: Person and gender in discourse: An empirical crosslinguistic perspective, Linguistics Vol. 56., Issue 4.

Haig, Geoffrey and Ergin Öpengin (eds.). 2014. Kurdish Linguistics: Variation and Change. Special edition of Journal of Kurdish Studies 2 (2).

Haig, Geoffrey, Frank Seifart, Nikolaus P. Himmelmann, Dagmar Jung, Anna Margetts, and Paul Trilsbeek (eds.) 2012. Potentials of Language Documentation: Methods, Analyses, and Utilization. Language Documentation and Conservation Special Publication No. 3. Manoa: University of Hawai'I Press,

Haig, Geoffrey and Carina Jahani. 2012. Special edition of the Journal Orientalia Suecana 61 (2012): Iranian linguistics.


Journal articles

Schreiber, Laurentia, Geoffrey Haig, Mortaza Taheri-Ardali & Erik Anonby. Submitted. Contact-induced change in the morphosyntax of Turkic in Boldaji, Chahar Mahal va Bakhtiari Province, Iran.

Schnell, Stefan & Schiborr, Nils N. & Haig, Geoffrey. 2021. Efficiency in discourse processing: Does morphosyntax adapt to accommodate new referents? Linguistics Vanguard 7 (s3), special issue on efficiency in language, edited by Natalia Levshina and Steve Moran:  1–13, DOI:

Haig, Geoffrey. 2018. The grammaticalization of object pronouns: Why differential object indexing is an attractor state, Linguistics 56(4): 781–818, DOI:

Haig, Geoffrey & Diana Forker 2018, Agreement in grammar and discourse: A research overview. Linguistics 56(4): 715–734, DOI:

Haig, Geoffrey & Stefan Schnell. 2016. The discourse basis of ergativity revisited. Language 92(3): 591-618, For PDF click here.(365.3 KB)

Haig, Geoffrey & Stefan Schnell. 2016. The discourse basis of ergativity revisited: Online Appendices. Language, Volume 92, Number 3, September 2016, pp. s1-s14, DOI:

Öpengin, Ergin & Geoffrey Haig. 2014. Regional variation in Kurmanji: a preliminary classification of dialects. In: Kurdish Studies 2 (2) [Special issue on Kurdish Linguistics: Variation and Change], 143-176,


Book chapters, conference papers, other contributions

Haig, Geoffrey. 2020. Stability and adaptivity of word order in the Western Asian Transition Zone: Evidence from West Iranian. Paper presented at the Workshop on Tracing Contact in Closely Related Languages, Zürich, Switzerland, 19–20 November 2020.

Haig, Geoffrey. 2018. Optional definiteness in Balochi and Central Kurdish. Invited talk at the conference Information Structure in Spoken Language Corpora 3 (ISSLAC3). University of Münster, Dec. 7-8th. 2018.

Haig, Geoffrey. to appear. Debonding of inflectional morphology in Kurdish and beyond. In: Gündoğdu, Songül & Ergin Öpengin & Geoffrey Haig & Erik Anonby (eds.), Current issuesin Kurdish linguistics. Bamberg: Bamberg University Press.

Haig, Geoffrey. to appear. Post-predicate constituents in Kurdish. In: Matras, Yaron & Ergin Öpengin & Geoffrey Haig (eds.), Structural and Typological Variation in the Dialects of Kurdish. London: Palgrave MacMillan.

Haig, Geoffrey. 2018. Grammaticalization and deinflectionalization in Iranian languages. In: Heine, Bernd & Heiko Narrog (eds.), Grammaticalization from a typological perspective, 57-78. Oxford: OUP.

Haig, Geoffrey and Ergin Öpengin. 2018. Kurmanji Kurdish in Turkey: Structure, variation, and status. In: Bulut, Christiane (ed.), Linguistic minorities in Turkey and Turkic-speaking minorities of the peripheries,157-229.  Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.

Haig, Geoffrey. 2018. Northern Kurdish (Kurmanjî). In: Haig, Geoffrey & Geoffrey Khan, The languages and linguistics of Western Asia. An areal perspective, 106-158. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Haig, Geoffrey & Geoffrey Khan. 2018. Introduction. In: Haig, Geoffrey & Geoffrey Khan. The languages and linguistics of Western Asia. An areal perspective, 1-29. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Haig, Geoffrey & Stefan Schnell & Nils Schiborr. 2017. The limits of accessibility: A corpus-based typological approach. Paper at the workshop Advances in corpus-based typology: Exploring corpora of semi-parallel and indigenous text. 12th Conference of the Association of Linguistic Typology. Australian National University, Canberra. 12-14th December 2017.

Haig, Geoffrey. 2017. Deconstructing Iranian ergativity. In: Coon, Jessica, Diane Massam & Lisa Travis (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Ergativity, 465-500. Oxford: OUP.

Haig, Geoffrey. 2017. Western Asia: East Anatolia as a Transition Zone. In: Hickey, Raymond (ed.), The Cambridge Handbook of Areal Linguistics, 396-423. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Haig, Geoffrey and Ergin Öpengin. 2015. Gender in Kurdish. Structural and socio-cultural dimensions. In: Marlis Hellinger and Heiko Motschenbacher. Gender across languages, Vol. 4, 247-276. Amsterdam: Benjamins,

Haig, Geoffrey. 2014. Verb-Goal (VG) word order in Kurdish and Neo-Aramaic: Typological and areal considerations. In: Khan, Geoffrey and Lidia Napiorkowska (eds.), Neo-aramaic and its linguistic context, 407-425. New York: Gorgias Press.

Haig, Geoffrey and Stefan Schnell. 2014. Annotations using GRAID (Grammatical Relations and Animacy in Discourse). Manual Version 7.0.

Haig, Geoffrey. 2014. East Anatolia as a linguistic area? Empirical and conceptual issues. In: Behzadi, Lale and Patrick Franke and Geoffrey Haig and Christoph Herzog and Birgitt Hoffmann and Lorenz Korn and Susanne Talabardon (eds.) Bamberger Orient Studien, Vol. 1., 13-36. Bamberg University Press,

Schnell, Stefan and Geoffrey Haig. 2014. Assessing the relationship between object topicalisation and the grammaticalisation of object agreement. Selected Papers from the 44th Conference of the Australian Linguistic Society, 2013, edited by Lauren Gawne and Jill Vaughan,

Haig, Geoffrey and Öpengin, Ergin. 2014. Kurdish: A critical research overview. Journal of Kurdish studies 2 (2), 99-122,

Haig, Geoffrey and Fatemeh Nemati. 2013. Clitics at the syntax-pragmatics interface: The case of Delvari pronominal enclitics. Revised handout, paper held at the ICIL 5, Bamberg, 24-26th August,

Haig, Geoffrey, S. Schnell and C. Wegener. 2011. Comparing corpora from endangered languages. Explorations in language typology based on original texts. In: Haig et al. (eds.) Documenting endangered languages: Achievements and perspectives, 55-86. Berlin: Mouton,

Haig, Geoffrey. 2011. Linker, relativizer, nominalizer, tense-particle: On the Ezafe in West Iranian. In: Foong Ha Yap, Karen Grunow-Hårsta and Janick Wrona (eds). Nominalization in Asian Languages: Diachronic and Typological Perspectives, 363-390,Vol. 1: Sino-Tibetan and Iranian Languages. Amsterdam: John Benjamins,

Haig, Geoffrey. 2010. Alignment. In: Luraghi, Silvia and Vit Bubenik. (eds.) The Continuum companion to historical linguistics, 250-269. New York/London: Continuum.

Braun, Friederike & Geoffrey Haig. 2010. When are German ‘girls’ feminine? How the semantics of age influences the grammar of gender agreement. In: Bieswanger, Markus, Motschenbacher, Heiko and Susanne Mühleisen (eds.). Language in its socio-cultural context: New explorations in global, medial and gendered uses, 69-84.Tübingen: Narr,