Research (by year)

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In progress

Vander Klok, J. and Hohaus, V. Weak Necessity Modality in Javanese. Manuscript.

Vander Klok, J. ‘Two syntactic classes of auxiliaries in Javanese.’ Manuscript, revised version,

Chen, S., Vander Klok, J., Matthewson, L. and Rullmann, H. Revise & resubmit‘The ‘experiential’ as an existential past: Evidence from Javanese and Atayal.’

Vander Klok, J. & T. J. Conners. Revise & resubmit‘Approaches to questionnaires from a cross-dialectal perspective: Towards best practices.’

Vander Klok, J. Accepted. “Exploring the interaction of modality and temporality through the storyboard Bill vs. the weather.” Semantic Field Methods.

Vander Klok, J. Accepted. ‘The Javanese language at risk: Perspectives from an East Java village.‘ Language Documentation & Conservation. 

Travis, L. & Vander Klok, J. Forthcoming. Different types of A’-extraction in Malagasy and Javanese. Festschrift for Henry Davis. 


Vander Klok, J., Goad, H., and Wagner, M. 2018. Prosodic focus in English vs. French: A scope account. Glossa: a journal of general linguistics3(1), 71. DOI:

Vander Klok, J. 2018. ‘Types of polar questions in Javanese.NUSA: Linguistic studies of languages in and around Indonesia 63:1-44.

Vander Klok, J. and T. J. Conners. 2018. Foreword for Special Issue on ‘Language and culture in Java and its environs’. Wacana, Journal of the Humanities in Indonesia 19.1


Chen, S., V. Hohaus, R. Laturnus, M. Louie, L. Matthewson, H. Rullmann, O. Simchen, C. K. Turner, and J. Vander Klok. 2017. ‘Past possibility cross-linguistically: Evidence from 12 languages.’ In: Modality across syntactic categories, eds. A. Arregui, M-L. Rivero, and A. Salanova. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


Conners, T. and Vander Klok, J. 2016. ‘On language documentation of colloquial Javanese varieties.’ Proceedings of 2016 Annual Conference of the Canadian Linguistics Association (CLA-ACL), ed. L. Hrics. 12 pages. Retrieved from

Vander Klok, J. 2016. ‘Diagnosing VP-Ellipsis in Javanese: Evidence for a non-movement and a movement account.Proceedings of Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association (AFLA 22), 18 pages.


Vander Klok, J. and L. Matthewson. 2015. ‘Distinguishing already from perfect aspect: A case study on Javanese wis.’ Oceanic Linguistics 54.1:172-205.

Vander Klok, J. and L. Matthewson. 2015. ‘Diagnostics for already vs. perfect aspect: A case study on Javanese wis.’ Proceedings of Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association (AFLA 21), 15 pages.

Vander Klok, J. 2015. ‘The dichotomy of auxiliaries in Javanese: Evidence from two dialects.’ Australian Journal of Linguistics 35.2:142-167.


Vander Klok, J. and R-M. Déchaine. 2014.Stative versus eventive predicates and vP-internal structure.Proceedings of Berkeley Linguistics Society 40, (BLS 40), eds. H. Leung, Z. O’Hagan, S. Bakst, A. Lutzross, J. Manker, N. Rolle, and K. Sardinha. pg. 544-578.

Vander Klok, J. 2014.On the use of questionnaires in semantic fieldwork: A case study on modality.Proceedings of Language Documentation and Linguistic Theory 4 (LDLT 4), eds. A. Belkadi, K. Chatsiou, and K. Rowan, London: SOAS. 10 pages.

Vander Klok, J. 2014. ‘Questionnaire on modality for cross-linguistic use.’ Retrieved from (under “Modality”)


Vander Klok, J. 2013. ‘Pure possibility and pure necessity modals in Paciran Javanese’. Oceanic Linguistics 52.2:341-374.

Vander Klok, J. 2013. ‘Bill vs. the Weather’. Totem Field Storyboards. Retrieved from

Vander Klok, J. 2013. On the nature of adjectival modification: A case study in Javanese.’ Proceedings of 40th annual meeting of the Northeast Linguistics Society (NELS 40), eds. S. Kan, C. Moore-Cantwell and R. Staubs, Vol. II, Amherst, MA: GLSA, 227-238.


Vander Klok, J. 2012. ‘Tense, aspect, and modal markers in Paciran Javanese.’ Ph.D. dissertation, McGill University.

2011 and previous years


Vander Klok, J. 2011. ‘Indirect Modification in Javanese: Evidence from Attributive Comparatives.’ Chicago Linguistics Society (CLS 45), University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. [abstract]

Vander Klok, J. 2009. ‘Direct Adjectival Modification in Javanese.’ Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association (AFLA 16), ed. S. Chung, University of California, Santa Cruz, 15 pages.

Vander Klok, J. 2008. ‘Javanese Modals.’ Canadian Linguistics Association Annual Conference (CLA/ACL), University of British Columbia, Vancouver, 15 pages.