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Xander Vertegaal


Dr. A.J.J. Vertegaal MA
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Xander Vertegaal is a PhD candidate and research staff member at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics.

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As part of the VIDI-project 'Splitting the Mother Tongue', my PhD-research focusses on the historical phonology of the languages pertaining to the Anatolian ‘sub-branch’ of the Indo-European language family. Not only the synchronic phonological features of these languages (Hittite, Luwian, Lycian etc.) are treated, but also the diachronic developments (sound changes) characterising them will receive due attention. 

Ideally, the data and insights gathered through this research will be compiled in a new ‘Anatolian Historical Phonology’, presenting an updated and bottom-up overview of our current understanding of the phonological systems of these languages as well as their respective descent from their presumed mother language (Proto-Anatolian). On the one hand, it should describe what is already agreed upon and accepted; on the other, topics will be indicated which are still subject of debate or in need of further research. As such, it will aim to be of use to phonologists working in the field of Hittitology or, more generally, Indo-European linguistics. 

Within the project, an overview of Anatolian historical phonology could prove to be of great use in determining and evaluating the position and status of the Anatolian sub-branch with regard to the other Indo-European sub-branches (e.g. Germanic, Slavic, Celtic).

Fields of interest

While I am interested in virtually all areas of comparative Indo-European linguistic research, matters concerning Anatolian, Greek, Latin and Indo-Iranian linguistics capture my attention most easily.

Teaching activities

  • Minor Anatolian languages
  • Anatolian historical linguistics

Curriculum vitae

2015-present: PhD student Anatolian historical phonology (supervisor: dr. Alwin Kloekhorst). 

2013-2015: ResMA Linguistics (spec. Comparative Indo-European Linguistics), Leiden University (summa cum laude). 

2010-2013: BA Classics, Radboud University Nijmegen (summa cum laude). 

2010-2011: Propedeutical exam Classics, Radboud University Nijmegen (summa cum laude).


  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Univ Centre for Linguistics

Work address

Reuvensplaats 3-4
2311 BE Leiden



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