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Bert Botma

University Lecturer

Dr. E.D. Botma
+31 71 527 2150

Bert Botma is a University Lecturer at the Centre for Linguistics.

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Fields of interest

Phonology and overlapping areas of phonetics and morphology.


The contrast between sonorants and obstruents; nasals, nasalization and nasal harmony processes; laryngeal phonology; phonological features; English; Nivkh.

Curriculum vitae

Assistant professor (UD1) in English Linguistics, Department of English Language and Culture, University of Leiden 

Postdoctoral researcher (NWO/veni). Project title: “Crossing the great divide: The sonorant-obstruent contrast in phonology” 

Winner of the LOT/Anéla dissertation prize 2005 for the best dissertation in Linguistics 
Assistant professor (UD2) in English Linguistics, Department of English Language and Culture, University of Leiden 

Doctorate in Linguistics (cum laude), University of Amsterdam 

Various temporary teaching positions in Linguistics at the Departments of English, Dutch and General Linguistics, University of Leiden 
Graduate student, Holland Institute of Generative Linguistics 

Harting scholarship, University of Edinburgh 
MA in Linguistics, Department of English Language and Culture, University of Leiden

Teaching activities

English linguistics (BA), various courses in English phonology, morphology and historical linguistics (MA/MPhil); LOT Winterschool 2009 (‘The phonology of sonorants’, postgraduate course).

Selected publications

  • Botma, Bert & Hidetoshi Shiraishi (2014). Phonological and phonetic aspects of Nivkh palatalisation: Articulatory causes and perceptual effects. To appear in  Phonology.
  • Kula, Nancy, Bert Botma & Kuniya Nasukawa (eds.) (2013).  The Bloomsbury companion to phonology. London: Bloomsbury.
  • Botma, Bert, Koen Sebregts & Dick Smakman (2012).  The phonetics and phonology of Dutch mid vowels before /l/. Laboratory Phonology 3. 273-297.
  • Botma, Bert (2011). Sonorants. In Marc van Oostendorp, Colin J. Ewen, Elisabeth Hume & Keren Rice (eds.),  The Blackwell companion to phonology (Vol. I), 171-194. Malden, MA: Wiley Blackwell.
  • Botma, Bert (in print).  Dictionary of phonetics and phonology, ed. by T.A. Hall & Bernd Pompino-Marschall. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter (authored 35 entries and 1 article).

Selected presentations

  • Botma, Bert (2013). Crossing the great divide: The phonological status of voiced fricatives . Paper presented at the Phonological Forum 2013, Sapporo, August 2013 (invited speaker).
  • Botma, Bert & Marc van Oostendorp (2012). The return of the syllable cut: Re-examining the Dutch vowel system. Paper presented at the 20th Manchester Phonology Meeting, Manchester, May 2012.
  • Botma, Bert & Hidetoshi Shiraishi (2011). ‘Breaking as articulatory conflict resolution: the case of Nivkh’. Paper presented at the 19th Manchester Phonology Meeting, Manchester, May 19–21, and at the NWO/ELP Conference, Leiden, April 8–9.
  • Botma, Bert (2010). Intervocalic voicing as suppression to sonorancy. Paper presented at the Leiden-London Phonology Workshop, Leiden, September 2010.
  • Botma, Bert (2008). Aspiration, fricatives, and the multiple feature hypothesis in Icelandic. Paper presented at the Meertens Institute, Amsterdam, September 2008.

Other activities

  • Associate editor of  Linguistic Variation, a journal published by John Benjamins
  • Member of the advisory board of the Manchester Phonology Meeting and the Old World Conference in Phonology Reviewer for  LinguaPhonologyLanguage, International Journal of American Linguistics and  Linguistics in the Netherlands, Nederlandse Taalkunde
  • Contributor of the ‘Phonetics and phonology’ chapter for the  Year’s Work in English Studies, published by Oxford University Press
  • Editor of  Linguistics in the Netherlands 2008 (with Marjo van Koppen) and  Linguistics in the Netherlands 2009 (with Jacqueline van Kampen), published by John Benjamins
  • Former secretary of the Dutch Linguistics Association (2009-2013)

University Lecturer

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

Work address

Arsenaalstraat 1
2311 CT Leiden
Room number B1.16


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