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Rint Sybesma

Professor of Chinese Linguistics

Prof.dr. R.P.E. Sybesma
+31 71 527 2529

Rint Sybesma is a professor of Chinese Linguistics at the Leiden University Institute for Area Studies (LIAS) and the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL).

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Fields of Interest

The syntax of the Sinitic and non-Sinitic languages of China and comparative syntax more generally.


Rint Sybesma was educated in Leiden, the Netherlands (Universiteit Leiden), and Shenyang, China (Liaoning Daxue). He holds MAs in Linguistics and Sinology (1987; Leiden) and a Ph.D. in Linguistics (1992; Leiden). Dissertation: Causatives and accomplishments. The case of Chinese ba.

Key publications

  • Sybesma, Rint, Editor in Chief, with Wolfgang Behr, Yueguo Gu, Zev Handel, C.-T. James Huang and James Myers, eds: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, Leiden: Brill. 2017.
  • Lipták, Anikó and Rint Sybesma: “Missing and not found. What adjectival agreement reveals about determinerless headlines in Dutch and German.” Linguistic Variation 24/1: 77-115. 2024. [https://doi.org/10.1075/lv.22001.lip]
  • Sybesma, Rint: “Voice and little v and VO-OV word-order variation in Chinese languages.” Syntax 24/1, 44-77. 2021.[http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/synt.12211]

Other publications can be found under 'Publications' (top of page).


Linguistics courses at all levels in the department of Chinese studies.

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

Professor of Chinese Linguistics

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Institute for Area Studies
  • SAS China



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