Biography: born 1959, Sas van Gent, Netherlands; MA in Classics, 1981 (magna cum laude), MA in Historical Linguistics, 1985 (summa cum laude), PhD in Greek & Latin Language & Linguistics, 1995 (summa cum laude, with special congratulations of the Jury), UGent; Non-Degree: Tetela (Bantu), 1980-1981; Biblical Hebrew, 1983-1985; Modern Greek, 1996-1997.
Professional & Academic Employment: BOF-ZAP Research Professor in Ancient & Asia Minor Greek, UGent, 2008-present; Full Professor of Linguistics & Classics and Head of the Arts & Humanities Department, University College Roosevelt (Utrecht University International Honors College), 2004-2008; Visiting Professor, University of Amsterdam, 2003-2004; Visiting Professor, UGent, 1996-2004; Editor Bibliographie Linguistique / Linguistic Bibliography (Permanent International Committee of Linguists / UNESCO), 1982-2004.
Awards & Honours: CHS Associate in Greek Linguistics, Harvard University (2017-present); Residential Visiting Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford (2007 & 2014) & Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University (2013); A1 Foreign Fellow, Onassis Foundation (2008 & 2013); Johannes Sundwall Award, Finnish Institute at Athens (2011); Onassis Senior Visiting Scholar at Harvard University, Princeton University, Stanford University, University of Arizona (2012); Visiting Scholar at the University of Amsterdam (2002-2003); Senior Visiting Scholar at The Ohio State University (2004), University of Michigan (2014), University of Florida (2016); Returning Senior Visiting Scholar at The Ohio State University (2009, 2013, 2015, 2016), Princeton University (2015, 2016, 2017), Center for Hellenic Studies, Harvard University (2016, 2017); VLAC Fellow, Flemish Academic Centre for Science and the Arts, Brussels (2014); Honorary Member, Panhellenic Union of Cappadocian Societies (ΠΕΚΣ, 2010); “Last Words”, documentary on Cappadocian research and its impact on the Cappadocian communities in Greece (Rotterdam: seriousFilm, 2014: www.seriousfilm.nl/last-words).
Research: History of the Greek language; Homeric language & metre; Biblical Greek (LXX & NT); Medieval Greek language & metre; word order; clitics; grammaticalization; profane & obscene language, especially in Aristophanes & Iambus; language contact & language death in the ancient and modern world, especially Greek in contact with Hebrew, Aramaic, Latin, Armenian & Turkish; ethnography of the ancient world; history of Hellenism in Asia Minor during the Ottoman Empire; Cappadocian; Pharasiot; Pontic; Modern (especially Asia Minor) Greek dialectology; Latin linguistics; Ancient Hebrew linguistics; Turkish linguistics.
Ancient Greek Linguistics I (A001805)
Ancient Greek Linguistics II (A000891)
European Languages in Contact: History and Methodology (A003031)
Language Variation and Change (A001770)
Reading Ancient Greek Texts (A002053)
Seminar Classical Languages (A004230)
Seminar Linguistics (A004218)