Opendata, web and dolomites


Papuans on the move. The linguistic prehistory of the West Papuan languages.

Total Cost €


EC-Contrib. €






 OUTOFPAPUA project word cloud

Explore the words cloud of the OUTOFPAPUA project. It provides you a very rough idea of what is the project "OUTOFPAPUA" about.

question    indigenous    implications    documentation    migration    language    contributes    southeast    questions    agricultural    body    rigorous    languages    bird    linguistics    1000km    head    austronesian    family    morphology    historical    unparalleled    puzzle    prominent    orthodox    putative    had    paleolinguistics    comparisons    world    speakers    establishing    sharing    difficult    techniques    methodological    scattered    semantic    guinea    origin    outofpapua    relationships    eastern    furthers    absence    west    richness    reconstructive    belong    suite    records    times    computational    single    combines    archipelago    innovative    oldest    paradigms    linguistic    signs    ting    innovations    possibility    hypothesis    populations    diverse    cut    urgent    relatively    dozen    giving    asian    prehistoric    database    dynamic    outward    uncovering    prehistory    written    human    papua    uses    genealogical    mainland    investiga    construction    indonesia    eastward    indonesian    reflects    shifts    settlement    expansion    edge    westward    remote    expense    endangered    people    drove    breakthrough    lexical    enterprise    papuan    melanesian    tion   

Project "OUTOFPAPUA" data sheet

The following table provides information about the project.


Organization address
address: DE BOELELAAN 1105
postcode: 1081 HV

contact info
title: n.a.
name: n.a.
surname: n.a.
function: n.a.
email: n.a.
telephone: n.a.
fax: n.a.

 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Total cost 1˙499˙684 €
 EC max contribution 1˙499˙684 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2019-STG
 Funding Scheme ERC-STG
 Starting year 2020
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2020-09-01   to  2025-08-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    STICHTING VU NL (AMSTERDAM) coordinator 1˙499˙684.00


 Project objective

This project combines urgent documentation of endangered languages in Indonesia with rigorous investiga-tion of a linguistic puzzle that has important implications for our understanding of both Melanesian and Southeast Asian prehistory. Some two dozen Papuan languages, scattered over a 1000km on and around the Bird's Head of West Papua, show signs of sharing a common origin. The OUTOFPAPUA project uses cut-ting-edge methods in historical linguistics to test the hypothesis that these languages belong to a single West Papuan language family, and to investigate the possibility that their distribution reflects a migration of Papuan people, in relatively late prehistoric times, from the New Guinea mainland outward and westward into the Indonesian archipelago. The project will also address the question of what drove this putative expansion, in particular the possibility that it had to do with indigenous agricultural innovations. Thus, it contributes both to the difficult enterprise of uncovering genealogical relationships among the diverse languages of New Guinea, and to a growing body of research that questions the orthodox linguistic understanding of eastern Indonesia's prehistory in terms of an eastward expansion of Austronesian speakers at the expense of less dynamic Papuan populations. At a methodological level, the project furthers the development of techniques for establishing remote historical linguistic relationships in the absence of written records of relevant languages. The project will make innovative comparisons using a suite of techniques, including the application of new computational methods, the construction of a lexical database of unparalleled richness in Papuan linguistics, and by giving a prominent role to semantic shifts, paleolinguistics, and morphology and paradigms in the reconstructive project. This research aims at achieving a breakthrough in the study of human prehistory in one of world’s oldest areas of human settlement.

Are you the coordinator (or a participant) of this project? Plaese send me more information about the "OUTOFPAPUA" project.

For instance: the website url (it has not provided by EU-opendata yet), the logo, a more detailed description of the project (in plain text as a rtf file or a word file), some pictures (as picture files, not embedded into any word file), twitter account, linkedin page, etc.

Send me an  email ( and I put them in your project's page as son as possible.

Thanks. And then put a link of this page into your project's website.

The information about "OUTOFPAPUA" are provided by the European Opendata Portal: CORDIS opendata.

More projects from the same programme (H2020-EU.1.1.)


The Enemy of the Good: Towards a Theory of Moral Progress

Read More  


The Mass Politics of Disintegration

Read More  

VictPart (2019)

Righting Victim Participation in Transitional Justice

Read More