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Ronny Boogaart

University Lecturer

Dr. R.J.U. Boogaart
+31 71 527 2120

Ronny Boogaart is a University Lecturer at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics.

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I study the grammar of Dutch. My main interests are tense, aspect, modality and the expression of emotion in grammatical constructions. I am involved in the update of the standard reference grammar of Dutch, the Algemene Nederlands Spraakkunst (ANS).

Another research interest is the distinction between semantics and pragmatics and the way in which people use, or abuse, this distinction in discussions ("that's not what I meant!")

I am dedicated to popularizing linguistic knowledge about these and other topics.

Curriculum vitae 

 1992             Doctorate Dutch Language and Culture, VU Amsterdam
 1992 Trainee EUROTRA, University of Leuven, Belgium
 1992-1996 PhD student, Dutch Language and Culture, VU Amsterdam
 1997-2006 Assistant Professor, Dutch Language and Culture, VU Amsterdam
 1999 PhD Dutch Linguistics, VU Amsterdam. Dissertation:  Aspect and Temporal Ordering: A Contrastive Analysis of Dutch and English (LOT)
 1999 Lecturer, General Linguistics, Utrecht University
 2001 Lecturer, CIW, Groningen University
 2003-2006 Post-doc researcher  Modal auxiliaries and alternative expressions of modality (NWO/VNC), Dutch Language and Culture, VU Amsterdam.

Assistant Professor, Dutch language and Culture/LUCL, Leiden University

 2007-now Co-Editor Nederlandse Taalkunde


Key publications 

  • Weblecture. Bij natte vloer glad. Grammatica in het wild (november 2023). 
  • Podcast Grammatica en Gevoel (oktober 2023). 
  • Reuneker A. & Boogaart R.J.U. (2022), `Dat als': een `stijlfout' in de praktijk (`That if' - A stylistic lapse in practice). Tijdschrift voor Taalbeheersing 44(2): 109-125.
  • Ronny Boogaart & Eric de Rooij (2022). Genant. Waarom we ons soms kapot schamen voor ons taalgebruik. Onze Taal, 91, 7, p. 20-23.
  • Boogaart R.J.U., Jansen H. & Leeuwen M. van (Eds.) (2021), The Language of Argumentation. Argumentation Library: Springer.
  • Boogaart R.J.U., Jansen H. & Leeuwen M. van (2021), "Those are your words, not mine!" Defence strategies for denying speaker commitment, Argumentation 35: 209-235.
  • Boogaart R.J.U. (2020), Expressives in argumentation: The case of apprehensive 'straks' ('shortly') in Dutch. In: Van Eemeren F.H., Garssen B. (Eds.) From Argument Schemes to Argumentative Relations in the Wild. A Variety of Contributions to Argumentation Theory. Argumentation Library no. 35 Cham: Springer. 185-204.
  • Boogaart R.J.U. & Reuneker A. (2017), Intersubjectivity and grammar. In: Dancygier B. (Ed.), Cambridge Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 188-205.
  • Boogaart R.J.U. & Fortuin E.L.J. (2016), Modality and mood in cognitive linguistics and construction grammars. In: Nuyts J. & Auwera J. van der (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of modality and mood. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 514-533.
  • Boogaart R.J.U. (2015), Een sprinter is een stoptrein zonder wc. De sturende kracht van taal. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
  • Boogaart R.J.U. & Janssen T.A.J.M. (2007), Tense and aspect. In: Geeraerts D. & Cuyckens H. (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of Cognitive Linguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 803-828.
  • Boogaart R.J.U. (2004), Aspect and Aktionsart. In: Booij G., Lehmann C. & Mugdan J. (Eds.), Morphology: an international handbook on inflection and word-formation. Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter. 1165-1180.
  • My 1999 dissertation on Aspect and Temporal Ordering in Dutch and English can be found here.

University Lecturer

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

Work address

Reuvensplaats 3-4
2311 BE Leiden
Room number 2.18



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