Education

  • 1999-2004: PhD in Linguistics (University of Leiden), cum laude
  • 1999-2000: MPhil in Linguistics (University of Leiden)
  • 1996-1998: MA in Linguistics and Literature (KU Leuven), maxima cum laude
  • 1994-1996: BA in Linguistics and Literature (Catholic University of Brussels), magna cum laude

Employment

  • 2014-present: associate professor KU Leuven
  • 2011-2014: associate professor KU Leuven, campus Brussels
  • 2005-2015: invited professor (part-time)  Université Saint-Louis
  • March-April 2010: syntax guru University of Massachusetts at Amherst
  • Fall semester 2008: visiting assistant professor New York University
  • 2005-2011: assistant professor Catholic University of Brussels
  • 2004-2005: postdoctoral researcher (part-time) Catholic University of Brussels
  • 2004-2005: teaching assistant (part-time) Catholic University of Brussels
  • 2004-2005: research assistant Catholic University of Brussels

Professional areas

  • area of expertise: morphosyntax
  • specializations: ellipsis (sluicing, swiping, spading, VP-ellipsis), verb clusters, expletives, complementizer agreement, pronominal doubling, the clausal left periphery, lexical and functional morphology
  • languages studied: Dutch, Dutch dialects, Frisian, English, Hungarian, Northern Italian dialects

Research projects & funding

  • 2015-2019: Quantity and quality in linguistics, C1-project KU Leuven (role: main applicant, budget: €180,000)
  • 2012-2016: The syntax of idioms, NWO-FWO-project (role: main applicant on the Flemish side, budget: €450,000)
  • 2012-2014: Online platform for academic writing, OOF-project (role: co-applicant, budget: €129,900)
  • 2009-2012: The morphosyntax of countability, BOF-project Catholic University of Brussels (role: main applicant, budget: €169,200)
  • 2007-2008: Alternatives to cartography, small research budget Catholic University of Brussels (role: main applicant, budget: €7,000)
  • 2004-2009: The formal licensing requirements of ellipsis, BOF-project Catholic University of Brussels (role: co-applicant, budget: €140,000)

phd Supervision

  • as supervisor:
    • Cora Pots (expected 2019) Quantity and quality in linguistics: Dutch verb clusters
    • Adrienn Jánosi (2014) Long split focus constructions in Hungarian
    • Tanja Temmerman (2012) Multidominance, ellipsis and quantifier scope
    • Marijke De Belder (2011) Roots and Affixes: Eliminating lexical categories from syntax
    • Lobke Aelbrecht (2009) You have the right to remain silent. The syntactic licensing of ellipsis
  • as co-supervisor:
    • Amélie Rocquet (2013) A nanosyntactic analysis of object agreement
  • as member of the supervision committee:
    • Jolijn Sonnaert (expected 2018) Competition in grammar
    • Liesbeth Augustinus (2015) Complement raising and cluster formation in Dutch. A treebank-supported investigation
    • Karen De Clercq (2013) A unified syntax of negation
    • Anneleen Vanden Boer (2011) Sprachkonfliktforschung in Sprachkontaktgebieten: die öffentliche Meinung zur Position der deutschsprachigen Belgier im belgischen föderalen System
  • as member of the defense committee:
    • Erin Pretorius (2017) Spelling out P. A unified syntax of Afrikaans adpositions and V-particles
    • Mirjam Hachem (2015) Multifunctionality. The Internal and External Syntax of D- and W-Items in German and Dutch
    • Enrico Boone (2014) The syntax and licensing of Gapping and Fragments
    • Marlies Kluck (2011) Sentence amalgamation
    • Huib Kranendonk (2010) Quantificational constructions in the nominal domain. Facets of Dutch microvariation.
    • Erik Schoorlemmer (2009) Agreement, dominance and doubling. The morphosyntax of DP 
    • Astrid Houthuys (2007) Work in progress. De kladautograaf van de Brabantsche Yeesten, boek VI (vijftiende eeuw)

workshop & conference organization

  • December 2017: co-organizer of The Tenth Brussels Conference on Generative Linguistics (BCGL10), theme: The morphology and semantics of person and number, KU Leuven
  • December 2017: co-organizer of the workshop Logic now and then 4, KU Leuven
  • December 2016: co-organizer of the workshop CRISSP 10, KU Leuven
  • December 2016: co-organizer of The Ninth Brussels Conference on Generative Linguistics (BCGL9), theme: Phase theory, KU Leuven
  • August 2015: co-organizer of the SLE-workshop The syntax and semantics of numerals. Leiden University.
  • June 2015: co-organizer of The eighth Brussels Conference on Generative Linguistics (BCGL8), theme: The grammar of idioms, KU Leuven.
  • June 2015: main organizer of the LOT Summer School
  • February 2015: co-organizer of the workshop Logic now and then 3: The semantics and pragmatics of logical constants, KU Leuven.
  • April 2014: co-organizer of The 37th annual meeting of Generative Linguistics in the Old World (GLOW 37), KU Leuven HUBrussel
  • December 2012: co-organizer of The seventh Brussels Conference on Generative Linguistics (BCGL7), theme: The Morphology-Syntax Interface, HUB-KUBrussel
  • December 2011: co-organizer of The sixth Brussels Conference on Generative Linguistics (BCGL6), thema: Configurations of agreement, HUB-KUBrussel
  • January-February 2011: co-organizer of a lecture series by prof. Guglielmo Cinque in the context of the Francqui-chair, HUB-KUBrussel
  • December 2010: co-organizer of The fifth Brussels Conference on Generative Linguistics (BCGL5), thema: Case at the interfaces, HUB-KUBrussel
  • November 2009: co-organizer of The fourth Brussels Conference on Generative Linguistics (BCGL4), thema: Ellipsis, HUB-KUBrussel
  • November 2009: co-organizer of the DP-day, HUB-KUBrussel/UGent
  • July 2009: co-organizer of the workshop Atoms and Laws of the Noun Phrase: a multi-comparative perspective, HUB-KUBrussel/Universiteit Utrecht
  • May 2009: co-organizer of The 24th Comparative Germanic Syntax Workshop (CGSW24), HUB-KUBrussel
  • October 2008: co-organizer of the workshop Logic now and then, University College Brussels
  • May 2008: co-organizer of the Annual meeting of the Belgian Circle of Linguistics
  • May 2008: co-organizer of The third Brussels Conference on Generative Linguistics (BCGL 3), theme: Trees and beyond, University College Brussels
  • June 2007: co-organizer of The second Brussels Conference on Generative Linguistics (BCGL 2), theme: Alternatives to cartography, Catholic University of Brussels/Arts & Sciences College, Vlekho campus/University of Tilburg
  • January 2007: co-organizer of the 15th annual Conference of the Student Organisation of Linguistics in Europe (ConSOLE), Catholic University of Brussels/Arts & Sciences College, Vlekho campus
  • June 2006: co-organizer of The first Brussels Conference on Generative Linguistics (BCGL 1), theme: Quantification in syntax and the lexicon, Catholic University of Brussels/Arts & Sciences College, Vlekho campus
  • October 2004: organizer of a workshop on ellipsis and empty categories, University of Leiden
  • December 2001: co-organizer of the 10th annual Conference of the Student Organisation of Linguistics in Europe (ConSOLE), University of Leiden
  • December 2000: co-organizer of the Morphology days, University of Leiden

teaching

  • at BA-level:
    • current: Dutch Linguistics I (grammar/morphology), Dutch Linguistics III: formal syntax
    • past: Dutch Linguistics I (grammar), Dutch Linguistics II (phonology/morphology), Dutch Linguistics III (syntax), General Linguistics III (semantics), Language and Technology, Written proficiency of Dutch, General Linguistics I (phonetics/syntax/semantics)
  • at MA-level:
    • current: Dutch Linguistics: Syntax, Dutch Linguistics: Morphology
    • past: General Linguistics (syntax), Philosophy of Language
  • at PhD-level:
    • past: Syntax I, Variation in Ellipsis

professional service

  • as editor: 
    • 2010-present: general editor of Linguistic Variation (John Benjamins)
    • 2017-present: editorial board member of Folia Linguistica
    • 2012-present: editorial board member of Linguistic Inquiry
    • 2008-present: editorial board member of Syntax
    • 2008-2016: editorial board member of Natural Language and Linguistic Theory
    • 2006-2010: general editor of Linguistic Variation Yearbook
    • 2004-2006: associate editor of Linguistic Variation Yearbook
  • as reviewer:
    • article reviewer for Glossa, Lingua, Linguistic Inquiry, Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, Linguistics in the Netherlands, Journal of Comparative Germanic Linguistics, Journal of East Asian Linguistics, Journal of Germanic Linguistics, Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics, Going Romance Proceedings, The Linguistic Review, Poznan Studies in Contemporary Linguistics, Syntax
    • abstract reviewer for GLOW, ConSOLE, Going Romance, NELS, CGSW, Amsterdam Biosemantics Conference
    • project reviewer for National Science Foundation, Research Council of Norway
  • as administrator:
    • 2006-present: co-founder and vice-president of the Center for Research in Syntax, Semantics and Phonology (CRISSP)
    • 2007-present: member of various evaluation and selection committees
    • 2009-2017: secretary of the board of GLOW (Generative Linguistics in the Old World)