John L.A. Huisman

John Huisman

Post-doc (Linguistics)




University of Turku
School of Languages and Translation Studies


Hi and welcome! I am a linguist interested in patterns of language variation and change. I am currently a postdoctoral research at the University of Turku, after previously working at Uppsala University through a Niels Stensen Fellowship.

For my PhD thesis (Radboud University / International Max Planck Research School for Language Sciences), I worked on the Japonic language family spoken across the Japanese archipelago, focusing on the endangered and understudied Ryukyuan languages spoken in the south of Japan. Using stimulus-based elicitation tasks, I investigated semantic variation in colour vocabulary, the body part lexicon, and expressions for separation events.

Before I finished my PhD, I studied Japanese at Zuyd University Maastricht and received a Research Master's degree in Linguistics at Tilburg University. During this time, I worked as a research assistant on several projects involving cross-modal associations and the language of perception (colour, smell and taste).