Guillaume Jacques
Guillaume Jacques presenting a talk at SOAS, University of London, April 2013
Alma materParis Diderot University
Known forStudy of Rgyalrongic languages and Tangut language
Scientific career
InstitutionsParis Descartes University, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Doctoral advisorMarie-Claude Paris
Other academic advisorsLaurent Sagart

Guillaume Jacques (Chinese: 向柏霖; pinyin: Xiàng Bólín, b. 1979[1]) is a French linguist who specializes in the study of Sino-Tibetan languages: Old Chinese, Tangut, Tibetan, Gyalrongic and Kiranti languages. He also performs research on the Algonquian and Siouan language families, and publishes about languages of other families such as Breton. 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.

Jacques is one of the main contributors to the Pangloss Collection, an open archive of endangered-language data.[2]

Guillaume Jacques was awarded the CNRS Bronze Medal in 2015.[3]


Guillaume Jacques studied linguistics at the University of Amsterdam and Paris Diderot University. He obtained his doctorate in 2004 with a dissertation on the phonology and morphology of the Japhug language (one of the Gyalrongic 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).[4]

Editorial activities

Guillaume Jacques is one of the Editors of the linguistics journal Cahiers de Linguistique Asie Orientale. He is a member of the editorial board of Diachronica, Linguistics Vanguard, and Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area.



  1. ^ Blench, Roger; Sagart, Laurent; Sanchez-Mazas, Alicia (2005). The Peopling of East Asia: Putting Together Archaeology, Linguistics and Genetics. Routledge. p. xvii. ISBN 9781134353125.
  2. ^ See Jacques' contributions to Pangloss; and the presentation of his Japhug recordings.
  3. ^ List of laureates for the CNRS Bronze medal, 2016 Archived 2011-03-07 at the Wayback Machine; see also CNRS press release, 8 Oct 2015.
  4. ^ "Centre de Recherches Linguistiques sur l'Asie Orientale: Guillaume JACQUES". Archived from the original on 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2010-05-09.