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Janet Grijzenhout

Professor English Linguistics

Prof.dr. J. Grijzenhout
+31 71 527 1470

Janet Grijzenhout holds the chair of English linguistics.

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Fields of interest

  • Phonology and Morphology
  • Historical Linguistics
  • Language Acquisition and Attrition


Janet Grijzenhout holds the chair of English Linguistics at Leiden University. Her research focuses on the phonology and morphology of Germanic and Celtic languages. She supervises projects within the Heritage Linguistics Lab on the acquisition and attrition of home languages in the Netherlands. She has taught courses in phonology, morphology, the history of the English language, first and second language acquisition, and comparative linguistics for thirty years. She is always interested in new ways to teach linguistics and to make her research findings accessible to a broad audience.

Research subjects are: 

  •  Phonology
  • Morphology
  • Historical Linguistics
  • North- and West-Germanic Sound Changes
  • First Language Acquisition and Attrition
  • Bilingualism
  • Heritage Languages in the EU
  • Linguistic Interfaces

Teaching activities

  • English Phonetics (BA 1)
  • The Phonology of English (BA 2)
  • English Sound Structure and Word Formation (BA 3)
  • Language Change (BA 3)
  • Language Variation and Change (Master Language Programme)
  • Advanced Morphology (MA Linguistics)
  • Bilingual Acquisition (MA Linguistics)

Curriculum vitae

2017-present Full Professor of English Linguistics, LUCL, Leiden University, the Netherlands.
2020-present Programme Chair BA English Language and Culture.
2019-present Founding member of HERLING (heritage languages and linguistics in the Netherlands), Leiden University.
2005-2017 Full Professor of Linguistics (Universitätsprofessorin W3 mit Ausstattung), Universität Konstanz, Germany.
2007-2017 Founder and director of the BabySpeechLab Konstanz (Babysprachlabor Konstanz).
2014-2017 Founder and manager of the Center for Mulitlingualism in Konstanz (Zentrum für Mehrsprachigkeit).
2002-2005 Universitair Docent, Department of English Language Studies, Utrecht University.
1997-2002 Assistant Professor, Institut für Sprache und Information, Department of General Linguistics, Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, Germany.
1996 Postdoc, Zentrum für Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft (ZAS), Berlin, Germany and Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Linguistics, University of Toronto, Canada
1995 Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Linguistics, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Ph.D. student, Assistant Lecturer and Research Assistant, Research Institute for Language and Speech (OTS), Utrecht University.

Key publications

  • Puggaard-Rode R., Botma E.D. & Grijzenhout J. (2023), Towards a quantized representation of phonological stop contrasts. In: Breit F., Botma E.D., Veer M. van 't & Oostendorp M. van (Eds.), Primitives of phonological structure. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 305-322.
  • Osch B.A. van, Boers I.H.G., Grijzenhout J., Parafita Couto M.C., Sterken B.D. & Tat D. (2022), Cross-linguistic influence in bilingual grammars: Evidence from gender assignment in unilingual Dutch and mixed speech. In: Ayoun D. (Ed.), The Acquisition of Gender. Crosslinguistic perspectives. no. 63. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • Grijzenhout J. (2017), Phonology. In: Brinton L.B. & Bergs A. (Eds.), The History of English. Volume 1: Historical Outlines from Sound to Text. Berlin/Boston: Walter de Gruyter. 36-56.

Professor English Linguistics

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

Work address

Arsenaalstraat 1
2311 CT Leiden
Room number B1.18




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