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Leiden University Centre for Linguistics


The mission of LUCL is to study linguistic diversity from different theoretical perspectives. In doing this, LUCL aims to encourage the interaction of data-driven and theory-driven linguistic research, thus capitalising on its broad coverage of the world's languages, and to further develop an interdisciplinary approach to linguistic phenomena.


LUCL aims to accomplish its mission by encouraging joint research and integrated research projects, organising group meetings (lectures, workshops, debates etc.) and involving all members as much as possible in the academic and institutional tasks of LUCL. LUCL wants to provide an open and inspiring academic environment in which linguists team up in a concerted effort to contribute to a better understanding of individual languages – their present and past – and the phenomenon of human language and its use in general. Over the last seven years, LUCL has worked hard at integrating different linguistic approaches to strengthen our common research theme: Linguistic Diversity.

The Academic Language Centre, which provides language services to students and staff of Leiden University and the Leiden University Medical Centre, is also part of LUCL.

Management Team


The Management Team of LUCL is responsible for all matters concerning the institute, and comprises three members: the Academic Director, Director of Education and the Institute Manager.

Academic Director

The Academic Director is the head of LUCL, and as such carries overall responsibility for the institute. The Academic Director directly answers to the Faculty Board.

The Academic Director of LUCL is Niels Schiller.

Director of Education

The Director of Education of LUCL is responsible for the teaching activities of LUCL.

The Director of Education of LUCL is Marion Elenbaas.

Institute Manager

The Institute Manager is in charge of operational affairs of LUCL, such as finances, personnel and the internal organisation of the institute.

The Institute Manager of LUCL is Maarit van Gammeren.

Advisory Council

Our Advisory Council currently consists of the following members: Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade (chair and full professor), Claartje Levelt (full professor), Jos Schaeken (full professor), Maarten van Leeuwen (Assistant Professor), Alwin Kloekhorst (Assistant Professor), Felix Ameka (Associate Professor), Karène Sanchez (Assistant Professor), Gea Hakker (director of the Academic Language Centre), Katinka Zeven (language teacher), Michaël Peyrot (research fellow) and Hannah Fricke (PhD candidate).