Guillaume Jacques

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Guillaume Jacques
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Guillaume Jacques presenting a talk at SOAS, University of London, April 2013
Citizenship France
Fields Linguistics
Institutions Paris Descartes University, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Alma mater Paris Diderot University
Doctoral advisor Marie-Claude Paris
Other academic advisors Laurent Sagart
Known for Study of Rgyalrongic languages and Tangut language

Guillaume Jacques (Chinese: 向柏霖; pinyin: Xiàng Bólín) is a French linguist of Breton descent who specializes in the study of Old Chinese, Tangut, Tibetan, Rgyalrongic and Kiranti languages. He has also done research on the Breton language. His case studies in historical phonology are set in the framework of panchronic phonology, aiming to formulate generalizations about sound change that are independent of any particular language or language group.

He is one of the main contributors to the Pangloss Collection, an Open Archive of endangered-language data.[1]

He was awarded the CNRS Bronze Medal in 2015.[1]


Jacques studied linguistics at the University of Amsterdam and Paris Diderot University obtaining his doctorate in 2004, with a dissertation on the phonology and morphology of the Japhug language (one of the Rgyalrongic languages), which was based on fieldwork carried out in Sichuan, China in 2002–2003. He taught at Paris Descartes University for four years before taking up a permanent research position at the Centre de recherches linguistiques sur l'Asie orientale (CRLAO).[2]


  • 2000. "The character ywij and the reconstruction of the Zhi and Wei rhymes"; Cahiers de Linguistique: Asie Orientale 29.2: 205–222.
  • 2003. "Jiarongyu, Zangyu ji Shanggu Hanyu de -s houzhui" (嘉绒语、藏语及上古汉语的-s后缀) [The –s suffix in Rgyalrong, Archaic Chinese and Tibetan]; Minzu Yuwen (民族语文) 2003.1: 12–15.
  • 2003. "Un cas de dissimilation labiale en chinois archaïque : la racine 'couvrir, renverser' et son équivalent en tibétain"; Cahiers de Linguistique: Asie Orientale 32.1: 123–130.
  • 2004. "Chabaohua de chongdie xingshi" (茶堡话的重叠形式) [Reduplication in Japhug]. Minzu Yuwen (民族语文) 2004.4: 7–11.
  • 2007. Textes tangoutes I, Nouveau recueil sur l'amour parental et la piété filiale. München: Lincom Europa. ISBN 978-3-89586-766-8
  • 2007. "A shared suppletive pattern in the pronominal systems of Chang Naga and Southern Chang"; Cahiers de Linguistique: Asie Orientale 36.1:61–78.
  • 2008. Jiarongyu Yanjiu (嘉绒语研究) [A study on the rGyalrong language]. Beijing: Minzu chubanshe. ISBN 978-7-105-09604-6
  • 2008. Xixiayu de mingcixing weiyu (西夏语的名词性谓语) [On nominal predicates in Tangut]; Minzu Yuwen (民族语文) 2008.4: 37–39.
  • 2009. "The origin of vowel alternations in the Tangut verb", Language and Linguistics 10.1: 17–27.
  • 2010. "The inverse in Japhug Rgyalrong"; Language & Linguistics 11.1:127–157.
  • 2010. "Notes complémentaires sur les verbes à alternance ‘dr/'br en tibétain”, Revue d’Etudes Tibétaines, no. 19, Octobre 2010, pp. 27-29.
  • 2011. “A Panchronic Study of Aspirated Fricatives, with New Evidence from Pumi.” Lingua 121 (9): 1518–38.
  • 2012. “Argument Demotion in Japhug Rgyalrong.” In Ergativity, Valency and Voice, 199–225. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.
  • 2013. “Harmonization and Disharmonization of Affix Ordering and Basic Word Order.” Linguistic Typology 17.2: 187–217.
  • 2013. “Applicative and Tropative Derivations in Japhug Rgyalrong.” Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area 36.2: 1-13.
  • 2014. “Denominal Affixes as Sources of Antipassive Markers in Japhug Rgyalrong.” Lingua 138: 1–22.
  • 2015. "On the cluster *sr–in Sino-Tibetan", Journal of Chinese Linguistics 43.1: 215–223.

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