Dr. M. Peyrot

Assistant Professor

Profile summary

Michaël Peyrot was trained at Leiden University in Historical Indo-European Linguistics, specialising in an extinct Indo-European language from Northwest China: Tocharian. After obtaining his PhD degree in 2010, he moved to the University of Vienna, then, with a Marie Curie Fellowship, to the Turfanforschung of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences of Humanities, before coming back to Leiden, where he is currently heading two projects: “Tracking the Tocharians” (VIDI of the Dutch Research Council, 2016–2021) and “The Tocharian Trek” (ERC-Starting Grant, 2018–2023). He has authored among others Variation and change in Tocharian B (Rodopi, 2008) and The Tocharian subjunctive (Brill, 2013) and is editor of Tocharian and Indo-European Studies (Museum Tusculanum Press). His current research focuses on ancient Central Asian languages and the historical and prehistorical contacts between them, integrating linguistic inferences about prehistory with insights from archaeology and ancient DNA studies.