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My own fixed little spot on the world wide web. You can reach this website via rdbusser.com.

Who am I?

My name is Rik De Busser. Some people will tell you I am a linguist, but I am still not certain if that really counts as a profession. I am an associate professor at the Graduate Institute of Linguistics at National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan. I am interested in various aspects of linguistic typology, of cognitive and functional linguistics, and in the Austronesian languages of Taiwan. Since 2005, I have been doing research on Bunun, an Austronesian language spoken in the mountainous interior of the island. More...


台灣的文化祖源-小矮人 [Taiwan's Cultural Ancentry: Little Black People] (in Mandarin), a presentation on the existence of little black people, broadcast on 1 July 2023 as part of series 7 episode 1 of Zalan 見識南島, TITV+, the Indigenous television station in Taiwan.


南島起源 [Austronesian Origins] (in Mandarin), a presentation on the origin of the Austronesian people broadcast on 12 February 2022 as part of series 2 episode 5 of Zalan 見識南島, TITV+, the Indigenous television station in Taiwan.

A YouTube video of my talk on 29 June 2021 at the 15th International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics (15-ICAL).

A second interview (in Dutch) from 27 May 2021 on De Ochtend, VRT Radio 1, discussing new outbreaks of the corona virus in Taiwan.