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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: 

Personal website

The Grammar of Words, 2nd edition (2007)

Open Access publications

Editor of Morphology

Journal Morphology on-line

Key publications

Geert Booij & Ariane van Santen (2017). Morfologie, de woordstructuur van het Nederlands. 3e, geheel herziene druk. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.

Geert Booij (2012), The grammar of words. 3rd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press Geert Booij (2010), Construction Morphology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Geert  Booij (2002), The Morphology of Dutch. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Geert Booij (1995), The phonology of Dutch. Oxford: Oxford University Press (19992)


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

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



  • Nederlandse Taalunie Lid bestuur Stichting Instituut voor Nederlandse Lexicologie, Leiden
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