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Tobias Weber, M.A.



2014 – present Lehrkraft für besondere Aufgaben (i.e. lecturer), General and Comparative Linguistics, University of Regensburg

2013 – 2014 Lehrbeauftragter (i.e. lecturer), General Linguistics, University of Zürich

2007 – 2013 Assistent mit Abschluss (i.e. junior non-tenure-track assistant professor), Department of General Linguistics, University of Zürich

2005 – 2007 Assistent ohne Abschluss (i.e. student research assistant), Department of General Linguistics, University of Zürich


2009 – Ph.D. student
Thesis topic: Differential Agent Marking in typological and diachronic perspective
Advisor: Prof. Dr. Balthasar Bickel


2011 – University of Zürich

2009 – 2011 University of Leipzig

2007 Lizentiat (MA) in General Linguistics, University of Zürich
Thesis: On the Nature of Conjunct/Disjunct Systems.
Advisor: Prof. Dr. K. H. Ebert

2004 – 2005 Erasmus exchange student at the University of Cologne, Germany

2002 – 2007 Lizenziat (BA and MA) student at the University of Zürich:
Major subject: General Linguistics
1st minor subject: Slavic Linguistics (Russian, Polish)
2nd minor subject: Oriental Studies (Arabic, Turkish)


  • Linguistic typology
  • Historical linguistics
  • Case, alignment, grammatical relations
  • Evidentiality and related categories
  • Phonology
  • Languages of Southeast Asia



Weber, Tobias. In preparation. Differential Agent Marking in typological and diachronic perspective. Ph.D. thesis, University of Zürich.

Weber, Tobias. 2007. On the Nature of Conjunct/Disjunct Systems. Unpublished MA thesis, University of Zürich.


Jenny, Mathias, Tobias Weber, and Rachel Weymuth. In Press. The Austroasiatic languages–A typological overview. To appear in Handbook of the Austroasiatic languages, ed. by Paul Sidwell and Mathias Jenny. Leiden: Brill.


2014. Emerging diversity within and across languages: a look at the diachronic development of Differential A Marking. 8th Days of Swiss Linguistics, University of Zürich, June 19-21 (abstract accepted).

2013a. Language-internal variation in crosslinguistic perspective: studying patterns of interacting factors conditioning Differential Agent Marking. International Congress of Linguists, University of Geneva, July 21-27.

2013b. Locus of marking on the clause level in Southeast Asia: areal and genealogical patterns. 23rd Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistic Society, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, May 29-31.

2012a. Agent marking splits conditioned by information structure: finding the relevant factors. Syntax of the World’s Languages V, Center for Advanced Academic Studies, Dubrovnik, Croatia, October 1-4.

2012b. Indirect diachronic explanations in typology: the case of Differential Agent Marking. Workshop on ‘Syntactic change and syntactic reconstruction: new perspectives’, University of Zürich, September 28-29.

2012c. Voice alternations and grammatical relations: more on the variation of case alignment types. 45th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, University of Stockholm, August 29 – September 1.

2012d. Case alignment in Philippine-type languages: discovering diversity within and across languages. Twelfth International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics, Udayana University, Bali, July 2-6.

2012e. The rise (and demise) of non-canonical A marking in two-argument constructions (poster). Conference on ‘Non-canonically case-marked subjects’, Iceland, June 4-8.

2012f. Towards a family portrait of Austroasiatic: phonological characteristics. 22nd Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistic Society, Agay, France, May 30 – June 2.
2012g. Some notes on phonological properties in the languages of Northeast India. 7th International Conference oft he Northeast Indian Lingistics Society, Gauhati University, Guwahati, India, February 2-4.

2011a. Types of Differential Agent Marking in interaction. 44th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, Universidad de la Rioja, Logroño, Spain, September 8-11.

2011b. Variation in agent marking conditioned by clausal properties. SKY Symposium on ‘Variation and Typology: New Trends in Syntactic Research’, University of Helsinki, August 25-27.

2011c. Motivations for the emergence and decline of Differential Agent Marking. 20th International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Osaka, Japan, July 25-30.

2011d. Diachrony, areality, origins. LSA Workshop on ‘The grammar of knowledge asymmetries: ‘Conjunct/disjunct’ alignment from a cross-linguistic perspective’, University of Colorado, Boulder, July 13-14.

2011e. Differential Agent Marking in Caucasian languages. Conference on Caucasian Languages, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, May 13-15.

2011f. Argument-marking in western Austronesian: a crosslinguistic assessment. 21st Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistic Society, Kasetsart University, Bangkok May 11-13.

2010a. Some notes on the complexity of Southeast Asian languages. 20th Anniversary Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society, University of Zürich, June 10-11.

2010b. The verb system of Sentani: an overview. Workshop on the Languages of Papua 2, Universitas Negeri Papua, Manokwari, Indonesia, February 8-12.

2009a. Conjunct/disjunct systems in Tibeto-Burman. 42nd International Conference on Sino-Tibetan Languages and Linguistics, Payap University, Chiang Mai, Thailand, November 2-4.

2009b. Volitionality alternations expressed through differential case marking. SKY Symposium on ‘Case in and across languages’, University of Helsinki, August 27-29.

2009c. Volitionality distinctions in selected languages of Southeast Asia. 19th Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Linguistics Society, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, May 28-29.

2008a. On some phonological characteristics of the languages of Siberia. Invited talk at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, July 30.

2008b. Conjunct/disjunct systems in crosslinguistic perspective. 30. Jahrestagung der DGfS, University of Bamberg, February 27-29.


University of Zürich, Switzerland (2007 – 2014, in German)

  • Introduction to General Linguistics I and II
  • Phonetics and phonology
  • Areal linguistics
  • Anthropological linguistics
  • Linguistic complexity
  • Modality

Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda
(Makerere-Zurich summer school, 2 weeks, August 2011, in English)

  • Phonology

University of Regensburg, Germany (since 2014, in German)

  • Phonetics and phonology
  • The structure of Tagalog
  • Differential Agent Marking
  1. Fakultät für Sprach-, Literatur- und Kulturwissenschaften
  2. Institut für Information und Medien, Sprache und Kultur (I:IMSK)

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Tobias Weber, MA


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