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Ezra la Roi was born in Leeuwarden (Fryslân, the Netherlands). He completed his studies (bachelor and research master Classics) at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam in 2018, specializing in Ancient Greek linguistics. His research master thesis, Hidden Potential: the Meaning of the Optative in its Combination with Particles and Adverbs, was supervised by Rutger Allan (Vrije Universiteit) and Jesús de la Villa (Universidad Autónoma Madrid). In 2017 and 2018, Ezra went on research stays to the Universidad Autónoma Madrid to conduct research for his thesis and prepare his PhD proposal, funded by the Travel Grant Graduate School of Humanities (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam), an Erasmus+ internship grant and a travel grant from the Philological study fund (Leiden).
Ezra’s main research interests are counterfactuals, mood and modality, tense-aspect, and syntax. In my work I try to combine the most recent insights from theoretical linguistics (esp. linguistic typology & pragmatics) with rigorous corpus-based analyses of various stages of Ancient Greek.
His PhD, supervised by Klaas Bentein and Rutger Allan , investigated counterfactual constructions in Ancient Greek, making use of both literary and papyrological evidence.