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Geert Booij

Professor emeritus of Morphology and Lexicon

Prof.dr. G.E. Booij
+31 71 527 2125


My research focuses on theoretical and descriptive issues in morphology, with special attention to the interfaces with phonology, syntax, and semantics. I am interested in the notion ‘construction’ as developed in Construction Grammar, and its importance for dealing with morphological phenomena and syntactic constructions that serve to create lexical units. The languages that I study are mainly the Germanic and Romance languages, with special attention to Dutch. I make use of the insights of grammaticalisation theory, both for synchronic and diachronic morphological studies. 

Important website links: 

The Grammar of Words, 2nd edition (2007)

Open Access publications

Editor of Morphology

Journal Morphology on-line

Key publications

(2007). Geert Booij,  The Grammar of Words. Oxford: Oxford University Press [2nd edition, revised and enlarged; 1st edition 2005] 
(2000/2004) Geert Booij, Christian Lehman and Joachim Mugdan (eds.),  Morphologie / Morphology. Ein internationales Handbuch zur Flexion und Wortbildung / An International Handbook on Inflection and Word formation. Berlin: de Gruyter. 2 volumes 
(2002) Geert Booij,  The Morphology of Dutch. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 
(1998) Geert Booij and Ariane van Santen,  De morfologie van het Nederlands. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. 
(1995) Geert Booij,  The Phonology of Dutch. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


1947              Born in Hoogeveen, The Netherlands 
1971               MA Degree in Dutch and general linguistics, University of Groningen 
1971-1981     Assistant / associate professor, Dutch linguistics, University of Amsterdam 
1977               Ph. D. degree, dissertation  Dutch Morphology. A Study ofWord Formation in Generative Grammar. 
1981-2005       Full professor of general linguistics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam 
1988-1991       Dean Faculty of Arts, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam 
1998-2002       Dean Faculty of Arts and Vice-Rector, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam 
1997-2004       Member (chair 2002-2004) of the Research Council for the Humanities, NWO 
2005-2007       Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Leiden 
2005-present   Full professor of linguistics, University of Leiden

Professor emeritus of Morphology and Lexicon

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