Heleen Plaisier

1968 –
Sino-Tibetan, Lepcha

Curriculum vitae

1968born in Eindhoven on the 3rd of August
1981-1986VWO Rotterdam
1986-1988studied liberal arts (‘algemene letteren’), Utrecht University
1987BA liberal arts, Utrecht University
1988-1992studied Chinese languages and cultures, Leiden University
1992MA Chinese languages and cultures, Leiden University
1990-1993studied comparative and descriptive linguistics, Leiden University
1993MA comparative and descriptive linguistics (Sino-Tibetan), Leiden University
1994-1998PhD research, Himalayan Languages Project, Leiden University
1998-2010research coordinator, Kortlandt-Spinoza programme, Leiden University
2006PhD under the supervision of G.L. van Driem and F.H.H. Kortlandt, Leiden University
2010-presentlives in Scotland


2003 “Lepcha.” In: Graham Thurgood and Randy J. LaPolla (eds), The Sino-Tibetan languages, London-New York (Routledge Family Series 3), pp. 705-716.
Catalogue of Lepcha Manuscripts in the Van Manen Collection, Leiden (Kern Institute Miscellanea 11).
2005 “A brief introduction to Lepcha orthography and literature.” Bulletin of Tibetology 41,1: 7-24.
2006 A grammar of Lepcha, [s.l.]. – PhD thesis Leiden University.
2007 A grammar of Lepcha, Leiden (Brill’s Tibetan Studies Library 5: Languages of the Greater Himalayan Region 5).
“In awe of so many múng. Halfdan Siiger in the Sikkim Himalayas.” Bulletin of Tibetology 43,1/2: 15-32.
2011 “A key to four transcription systems of Lepcha.” In: Mark Turin and Bettina Zeisler (eds), Himalayan languages and linguistics: studies in phonology, semantics, morphology and syntax, Leiden (Brill’s Tibetan Studies Library 5,12), pp. 41-53.
“Tales of Lepcha cí, the traditional medicine for lightheartedness.” In: Alex McKay and Anna Balikci-Denjongpa (eds), Buddhist Himalaya: studies in religion, history and culture, proceedings of the Golden Jubilee Conference of the Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, 1-5 October 2008 , vol. II, Sikkim: Namgyal Institute of Tibetology, pp. 283-289.
2012 “Two Lepcha delúk texts.” In: N.W. Hill (ed.), Medieval Tibeto-Burman languages IV, Leiden (Brill’s Tibetan Studies Library 13), pp. 23-109.