Marlies Jansegers is an Assistant Professor at Ghent University and is affiliated with the Department of Linguistics. She studied Romance Philology at Ghent University and was granted a PhD in Linguistics at the same University in 2015. Afterwards, she worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the universities of Santa Barbara, California (BAEF, 2015-2016) and Ghent (2016-2018). Between 2018 and 2020, she was appointed as a Spanish lecturer at the Erasmus University College.
She is the author of Hacia un enfoque múltiple de la polisemia. Un estudio empírico del verbo multimodal "sentir" desde una perspectiva sincrónica y diacrónica (De Gruyter 2017), which focuses on the verbalization of one of the most sophisticated processes of nature: the act of perception.
Her main research focus has been on the semantics of perception verbs. Fascinated by the inextricable relationship between perception and language, in her PhD dissertation, she focused on the semantics of one particular, so-called “minor”, perception verb – the Spanish verb sentir – both from a cross-linguistic (French-Spanish-Italian), synchronic and diachronic perspective. Her postdoc research has built on that by pursuing new avenues of research into the quantitative study of meaning in the broad sense, including not only (lexical) meaning but also discourse function, information structure, and other pragmatic phenomena. Methodologically, she is interested in applying corpus-based techniques to various domains such as contrastive linguistics, historical linguistics and dialectal variation.