Professor of General Linguistics
What I find intriguing in language is the fact that languages can be superficially so different but at the same time so similar. This can be seen not only across dialects of a particular language (for example Chinese dialects), but also across language barriers (such as Basque vs. Dutch). The central questions of my research thus center upon the how’s and why’s of language variation. The answers to these questions can only be found by studying language as a system, and by doing interdisciplinary research on the brain.
Starting with my thesis work on question formation, I find it absolutely fascinating to work on comparative syntax. It is fascinating and exciting to learn new facts and new phenomena, and it never gets dull.
- Comparative syntax
- syntax-semantics interface
- Chinese syntax
- syntax-phonology interface
- Bantu syntax
2015-2019 Ellipsis licensing beyond syntax. NWO (with co-investigator Anikó Lipták)
2014-2018 Understanding Questions. NWO (with co-investigator Jenny Doetjes)
2014-2019 Advancing the European Multilingual Experience. European Commission.
2004-2008 Research grant on the Word order and Morphological Marking
in Bantu. NWO, Principal Investigator (with co-investigator