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Amos van Baalen

PhD candidate

A.M.W. van Baalen MA
+31 71 527 2125

Amos van Baalen is a PhD candidate at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics.

More information about Amos van Baalen

Fields of interest

  • Old English
  • Middle English
  • Twelfth-century English
  • Lexicology
  • Orthography
  • Morphology


My research interests lie in the development of the English language in the twelfth century. This century is a crucial period in the history of the English language, since it constitutes the transitional period between two language stages which differ vastly in terms of their phonology, morphology, and lexis: Old English and Middle English. My PhD project, ‘Old English Renewed: Tracing Transitional English in the Twelfth Century’, uses digital tools to analyse linguistically updated manuscript copies of originally Old English texts, in order to trace the linguistic developments of twelfth-century English. In doing so, this project will provide unique insights into the lexical, phonological and morphological developments that took place in the English language during this important period.

Curriculum vitae

2021 – now Leiden University
PhD Candidate at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics on the NWO-funded project “Old English Renewed: Tracing Transitional English in the Twelfth Century”; supervisors: Dr M. H. Porck and Prof. J. Grijzenhout
2017 – 2021 Leiden University
Research Master Linguistics
2013-2017 Leiden University
Bachelor of Arts, English Language and Culture


PhD candidate

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Univ Centre for Linguistics
  • LUCL promovendus

Work address

Reuvensplaats 3-4
2311 BE Leiden


  • No relevant ancillary activities
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