Hoogervorst, Dr. Tom

Tom Hoogervorst focuses on language contact and Malay linguistics. He is currently studying the development of the (Indonesian) Malay language through the KITLV’s collection of Sino-Malay literature, while simultaneously attempting to cast a new light on cultural contact, the introduction of new concepts and the role of popular culture during late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Hoogervorst studied Languages and Cultures of Southeast Asia and Oceania (BA) and Asian Studies (MPhil) at the University of Leiden. He completed his DPhil at the School of Archaeology, University of Oxford. His recently published monograph reconstructs the role of Southeast Asia in the ancient Indian Ocean World through a combination of archaeological and historical linguistic approaches. In 2013, Tom was an affiliated fellow at the International Institute of Asian Studies on a Gonda Foundation scholarship, where he worked on a forthcoming publication on vernacular linguistic influence from India to Maritime Southeast Asia.

Hoogervorst began his position at KITLV in 2013 as part of an enterprise to explore the institute’s monumental, largely digitized collection of Sino-Malay books. His main research interests include the languages and cultures of Southeast Asia and the Indian Ocean, lexical borrowing, maritime archaeology, the Malay language and linguistics, computational linguistics, and the documentation of endangered languages through specialized linguistic software.

Selected Publications

Southeast Asia in the ancient Indian Ocean World: Combining historical linguistic and archaeological approaches. Oxford: Archaeopress, 2013.

‘If only plants could talk… Reconstructing pre-modern biological translocations in the Indian Ocean,’ in: Satish Chandra and Himanshu Prabha Ray (eds.), The sea, identity and history: From the Bay of Bengal to the South China Sea, pp. 67-92. Delhi: Manohar Publishers, 2013.

‘Ethnicity and aquatic lifestyles: Exploring Southeast Asia’s past and present seascapes,’ Water History 4 (2012): 245-65.

‘On the development and characteristics of Sabah Malay,’ Wacana 13.1 (2011): 50-77.

(with D.Q. Fuller, N. Boivin, and R. Allaby), ‘Across the Indian Ocean: Prehistoric movements of plants and animals,’ Antiquity 85.328 (2011): 544-58.

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