Short CV/Education and training


  • 1984 – 1985
    First Cambridge Certificate in English, Grade A; Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English, Grade A; Eurolingua Language Schools, London, England

  • 1985
    Propedeuse Linguistics and Literature, Universiteit Tilburg

  • 1985 – 1990
    MA General Linguistics (cum laude), Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam

  • 1990 – 1994
    PhD General Linguistics (cum laude), Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam

Academic Positions:

  • 1986 – 1987
    Research Assistant for the Goeman Taaldeman project (on dialects of Dutch) and for the project Dutch in America (on Dutch-English as spoken by Dutch immigrants in the US). Meertensinstituut (KNAW), Amsterdam, Department of Dialectology (1 day/week)

  • 1986 – 1988
    Teacher of Dutch for Foreigners, Department of Dutch, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam (1 day/week)

  • 1994 – 1995
    Lecturer in General and Applied Linguistics, Windesheim University of Applied Sciences, Zwolle (fulltime)

  • 1996 – 2000
    Research Fellow, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam (4 days/week). Topic: Grammaticalization in languages of Eastern Indonesia

  • 1999 – 2002
    Senior Research Fellow in the Eastern Indonesia group (3 days/week) & Research coordinator (1 day/week) of the Spinoza research project Lexicon and Syntax headed by Prof. P.C. Muysken, Leiden University

  • 2002 – 2007
    Principal Investigator of NWO-VIDI project Linguistic Variation in Eastern Indonesia: The Alor and Pantar Project, Leiden University. Completed during this project: 3 reference grammars, 1 sketch grammar, 1 PhD, 1 edited volume, corpora on Klon, Abui, Teiwa, Kaera, and Alorese (4 days/week)

  • 2009 – 2013
    Principal Investigator of EuroBABEL (European Science Foundation) Collaborative Research Project Alor-Pantar languages: Origins and theoretical impact. Collaboration with A. Schapper (Leiden U), G. Holton, L. Robinson (U of Fairbanks, Alaska, US), G. Corbett, D. Brown, S. Fedden (U of Surrey, UK). Completed during this project: 3 edited volumes and dozens of articles

  • 2013 – 2014
    Coordinator of the CLARIN-project Language Archive of Insular South East Asia and West New Guinea (LAISEANG). Completed during this project: Data sets of 45 languages of Insular SE Asia and West New Guinea archived with The Language Archive, MPI Nijmegen; online in 2014

  • 2013 – 2014
    Senior lecturer, Leiden U (LUCL/LIAS)

  • Since 2014
    Full Professor Austronesian and Papuan Linguistics, Leiden U (LUCL/LIAS)

Selected publications

  • Her publications include grammars on Kambera (1998), Teiwa (2010), Alorese (2011), several edited volumes, and over fifty articles on a wide range of topics.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • NWO-VICI project: "Reconstructing the past through languages of the present: the Lesser Sunda Islands", 2014 – 2019

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Professional memberships:

  • The Association for Linguistic Typology (ALT)

  • The Linguistic Society of America

  • The Dutch Linguistic Society (Alg. Vereniging voor Taalwetenschap, AVT)

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Additional interests

  • Orthography development, oral history, multi-/ bi-lingualism, language endangerment, minority languages, Indonesia


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