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Michaël Peyrot

University Lecturer

Dr. M. Peyrot
+31 71 527 4177

Michaël Peyrot is a University Lecturer at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics.

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Current research

Tracking the Tocharians from Europe to China: a linguistic reconstruction (NWO-VIDI)

Tocharian is known through manuscripts from Northwest China dating from 500–1000 AD. It is an Indo-European language, related to a.o. Latin, Greek, English and Dutch. The speakers of Tocharian must therefore have made a long trek from Europe to China. On the basis of contacts with other languages their migration route will be established. 

Project collaborators: Chams Bernard MA and Federico Dragoni MA.

Curriculum Vitae

  • 2016 - present: NWO-VIDI project Tracking the Tocharians from Europe to China: a linguistic reconstruction
  • 2014 -2016: post-doc researcher at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities – Turfanforschung, Berlin, with the Marie Curie project Niya Tocharian: Language contact and prehistory on the Silk Road
  • 2011 - 2014: post-doc researcher at the University of Vienna for  A Comprehensive Edition of Tocharian Manuscripts, supervised by Prof. Melanie Malzahn
  • 2009 - present: editor of  Tocharian and Indo-European Studies
  • 2005 - present: contributor to Prof. Alexander Lubotsky’s  Indo-European Etymological Dictionary project at Leiden University
  • 2004 - 2010: PhD student at Leiden University with the project  The Tocharian subjunctive, supervised by Prof. Alexander Lubotsky (cum laude)
  • 2004 - 2007: contributor to the British Library  International Dunhuang Project and the TITUS  Tocharica Project at Frankfurt University
  • 2001 - 2002: editorial assistant of  Cognitive Linguistics
  • 1999 - 2004: MA Comparative Indo-European linguistics, Leiden University
  • 1999 - 2003: MA Dutch language and literature, Leiden University


  • Indo-European Linguistics: Morphology
  • introduction to Tocharian
  • introduction to the principles of historical linguistics
  • Dutch for foreigners
  • how to write a BA thesis

Memberships and administrative functions

• 2017 - present: Member of the Young Academy of Europe

• 2015 - present: Chercheur associé of the Unité Mixte de Recherche 7528, “Mondes iranien et indien”, of the CNRS / EPHE / Sorbonne Nouvelle / INALCO, Paris, France

• 2017 - present: Member of the Advisory Council of the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics


University Lecturer

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Univ Centre for Linguistics

Work address

Reuvensplaats 3-4
2311 BE Leiden
Room number 2.21



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