Short CV/Education and training

  • 1976 – 1978
    Student assistant English Department (teaching: Old English; Linguisics; English Language Acquisition)

  • 1978 – 1979
    English teacher, Scholengemeenschap Spieringshoek, Schiedam, The Netherlands

  • 1979 – 1980
    Editor Time-Life Books, Amsterdam

  • 1980 – 1982
    Temporary lecturer English Department (teaching: Old English, Middle English, History of the English Language; English Language Acquisition)

  • 1982 – 1999
    Lecturer English Department (teaching: Old English, Middle English, History of the English Language)

  • 1999 – 2006
    Senior Lecturer English Department (teaching: Old English, Middle English, History of the English Language); Linguistics (teaching: Sociolinguistics)

  • 2000 – 2002
    Coordinator of the ICT teaching programme, Centrum voor PraktijkStudies, Facultye of Humanities, Unievrsity of Leiden; 4 teaching staff, 1 ICT assistant

  • 2002 – 2005
    Head of the English department, University of Leiden; ca. 35 members of staff

  • 2005 – 2010
    Director of the research project "The Codifiers and the English Language: Tracing the Norms of Standard English", financed by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) (http://www.hum.leiden.edu/lucl/codifiers); 1 postdoc, 4 PhD students, 1 sa

  • Since 2006
    Chair in English Sociohistorical Linguistics, University of Leiden, The Netherlands

  • 2011 – 2016
    Director of the research project "Bridging the Unbridgeable: Linguists, Prescriptivists and the General Public", financed by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) (http://bridgingtheunbridgeable.com/); 1 postdoc, 3 PhD students, 1 sa

Selected publications

  • The Bishop's Grammar: Robert Lowth and the Rise of Prescriptivism. Oxford: OUP. Reviewed in TLS by Jack Lynch, 14 October 2011, 2011.

  • An Introduction to Late Modern English. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2009.

  • The Two Versions of Malory?s Morte Darthur. Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 1995.

  • The Auxiliary Do in Eighteenth-Century English: A Sociohistorical Ling. Approach. Dordrecht: Foris., 1987.



Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • "Bridging the Unbridgeable: Linguists, Prescriptivists and the General Public", 2011 – 2016

  • "The Codifiers and the English Language: Tracing the Norms of Standard English", 2005 – 2010

  • The language of Late Modern English Wills (ongoing studentproject)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

Membership of editorial boards:

  • Historiographia Linguistica

  • English Language & Linguistics

  • OUP USA series "Oxford Studies in the History of English"

  • Historical Sociolinguistics and Sociohistorical Linguistics (founding editor) (http://www.hum2.leidenuniv.nl/hsl_shl/), 2000 – 2011

  • newsletter Peeter Heijns Genootschap

  • Atlantis, Revista de la Associación Espñola de Estudios Anglo-Norteamericanos

Membership of scholarly societies:

  • Henry Sweet Society for the History of Linguistic Ideas

  • International Society for the Linguistics of English (ISLE)

  • Historical Sociolinguistics Network (HiSoN)

  • Taalkunde in Nederland

  • Landelijk Network voor Vrouwelijke Hoogleraren (The Netherlands)

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Soft Skills

  • I worked part-time between 1986 and 2002 to raise a family.


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