Postdoctoral fellow
University of Oslo
Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies

j.v.klok [at]

Photo by Olaf Christensen

Ph.D.,  Department of Linguistics, McGill University
Dissertation: Tense, aspect, and modal markers in Paciran Javanese [link]

I’m a linguist and a fieldworker. My research investigates the cross-linguistic articulation of syntax and semantics, especially on TAM (tense-aspect-modal) markers. I primarily draw on empirical insights from Javanese, a Western Malayo-Polynesian language of the Austronesian family spoken by about 70 million people in Indonesia. I have been conducting fieldwork in Indonesia since 2010, focusing on the varieties spoken in Yogyakarta and Semarang, Central Java, and Paciran, East Java.  

Recent and upcoming news!

  • Talk at ICAL-15 (International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics) on June 30th with Bethwyn Evans on “The Javanese ‘locative’ applicative within the historical evolution of applicatives in Austronesian”
  • Invited speaker at AFLA28 (Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association) on May 27th: ‘What Javanese tells us about types of ellipsis in polar answers”  [Talk on YouTube]
  • Talk at CLA (Canadian Linguistics Association) with Ileana Paul, Lisa Travis, and Susi Wurmbrand on June 4th on “Crossed Control as Voice Restructuring”
  • Talk at ISLOJ8/ISMIL22 on May 20, 2021 on “PPs in Javanese applicatives” [slides], [full paper]


Paciran, East Java, Indonesia; June 2011