Current Affiliation

Utrecht Institute for linguistics OTS
Utrecht University
Trans 10, NL-3512 JK UTRECHT
the Netherlands
t. +31 30 253 8313

Personal Details

Date of birth: 12-09-1974
Place of birth: Heerlen, the Netherlands
Nationality: Dutch

Professional Employment

  • 2014 - ..: Associate professor, Utrecht University, Dept. of Languages, Literature and Communication.
  • 2011: Post-doctoral associate, Dept. Linguistics and Philosophy, MIT, US. (fall semester)
  • 2008 - 2013: Senior research fellow, Utrecht Institute for Linguistics OTS, Utrecht University, on a personal grant (VIDI) from the Netherlands organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Project title: “Degrees under discussion”. 0.8FTE.
  • 2008 - 2011: Assistant professor, Dutch department, Utrecht University. 0.2FTE.
  • 2005 - 2008: Postdoc, Utrecht Institute for Linguistics OTS, Utrecht University, on a personal grant (VENI) from the Netherlands organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). Project title: “Particular Quantifiers”.
  • 2004 - 2005: Postdoc, Graduiertenkolleg “Satzarten: Interpretation und Variation”, J.W. Goethe Universitaet Frankfurt am Main, Germany. (11 months)
  • 2004: Postdoctoral visiting researcher at the School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, with a grant from the Niels Stensen foundation. (9 months)
  • 1999 - 2003: Junior Researcher (Assistent in Opleiding), Utrecht Institute for Linguistics OTS, Utrecht University. Research Project: Plural pronominal anaphora in discourse.


  • Ph.D. Degree in linguistics, the Utrecht Institute for Linguistics OTS, Utrecht University. Defence: 21-11-03. Promotores: Prof.  Dr. Henriette de Swart and Prof. Dr. Jan van Eijck.
  • Master Degree (doctoraal) in Cognitive Artificial Intelligence, Department of Philosophy, Utrecht University. Degree date: 29-04-1999


  • 2018-2023: NWO VC grant, 750k euro.
  • 2013-2018: ERC Starting Grant (Consolidator stage), 1.3 million euro.
  • 15-11-2008 – 15-11-2013: Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) VIDI grant, 600k euro.
  • 01-10-2005 – 01-10-2008: Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) VENI grant, 200k euro.
  • 01-01-2007 – 01-01-2008: van Gogh travel grant Utrecht-Nancy, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO), 8k euro.
  • 01-01-2004 – 01-10-2004: Niels Stensen Stipend for nine months of research at the school of informatics, University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

(Except for the van Gogh grant, these are all personal grants of which I was the sole applicant and project leader)

Editorial functions

  • Journal of Semantics, Oxford University Press: Editor in Chief (2013-…)
  • Semantics and Pragmatics, Linguistic Society of America: Member of advisory board (2014-)
  • Journal of Semantics, Oxford University Press: Associate editor (2009-2013)
  • Semantics and Pragmatics, Linguistic Society of America: Associate editor (2010-2013)

Publications: Books

  • 2012 - Sinn und Bedeutung, edited with Ana Aguilar and Anna Chernilovskaya. MIT Working papers in Linguistics.

  • 2011 - Linguistics in the Netherlands, edited with Marion Elenbaas. AvT Publications 28. Benjamins.

  • 2011 - Vagueness in Communication, edited with Hans-Christian Schmitz, Robert van Rooij & Uli Sauerland. Springer LNCS.

  • 2010 - Linguistics in the Netherlands, edited with Jacqueline van Kampen. AvT Publications 27. Benjamins.

  • 2008 - Syntax and Semantics of Spatial P, edited with Anna Asbury, Berit Gehrke and Jakub Dotlacil. Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 120, Benjamins.

  • 2003 - Plural pronominal anaphora in context: dynamic aspects of quantification, Ph.D. Dissertation, Landelijke Onderzoekschool Taalkunde, LOT-84, 193 pages. ISBN90-76864-45-4.

Publications: Articles in peer-reviewed journals

  • 2018 - On “zero” and semantic plurality. Glossa. [With L. Bylinina]

  • 2018 - Free choice and distribution over disjunction: the case of free choice ability. Semantics & Pragmatics 11.

  • 2017 - The scope of nominal quantifiers in comparative. Semantics & Pragmatics 10(15). [With J. Dotlacil]

  • 2016 - Comparatives and Degree Pluralities. Natural Language Semantics [With J. Dotlacil]

  • 2015 - Two types of wh-exclamatives. Linguistic Variation 15(2). [With A. Chernilovskaya]

  • 2015 - Presuppositions of superlatives with neg-raisers. Snippets

  • 2013 - Best nogal aardige middenmoters: de semantiek van graadadverbia van het midden-bereik. Nederlandse Taalkunde.

  • 2011 - Absolutely relative or relatively absolute? The linguistic behavior of gradable adjectives and degree modifiers. Journal of Pragmatics 43(13). pp 3139-3151. [with Naomi Kamoen, Bregje Holleman, Ted Sanders and Huub van den Bergh]

  • 2010 - Two kinds of modified numerals. Semantics and Pragmatics. Volume 3(3).

  • 2008 - Upper-bounded no more: the exhaustive interpretation of non-strict comparison, Natural Language Semantics 16(4), 271-295.

  • 2007 - At least et al.: the semantics of scalar modifiers, Language, 83(3), 27p. [with Bart Geurts]

  • 2007 - On Appositives and Dynamic Binding, Research on Language and Computation, 5(1), pp. 87-102.

  • 2007 - Dependent Pronouns and Dynamic Semantics, Journal of Philosophical Logic, 36(2), pp. 123-154.

  • 2003 - Complement Anaphora and Interpretation, Journal of Semantics, 20.1, p.73-113, Oxford University Press.

Publications: Bookchapters, including chapters of proceedings

  • 2019, E-type pronouns: congressmen, sheep and paychecks. The Semantics Companion.
  • 2018, Notes on moderate excess. In festschrift for Dany Jaspers.

  • 2018, Experimental work on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Modified Numerals, To appear In: Cummins and Katsos (eds), Handbook of Experimental Semantics and Pragmatics, Oxford University Press. [With Alexandropoulou and McNabb]

  • 2018, Cumulative comparison: experimental evidence for degree cumulation. In: Castroviejo-Miro et al., The semantics of gradability, vagueness, and scale structure: experimental perspectives. [with Dotlacil]

  • 2017, Nothing to add, festschrift for Jan van Eijck

  • 2016, “At least” ignorance inferences come at a processing cost: Support from eye movements. Semantics and Linguistic Theory 26. [With Alexandropoulou and Dotlacil]

  • 2016, Dynamic Semantics, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. [with Brasoveanu, Van Eijck and Visser]

  • 2016, Pragmatic inferences with numeral modifiers: Novel experimental data. Semantics and Linguistic Theory 25. [with Alexandropoulou, Dotlacil and McNabb]

  • 2016, The likelihood of upper-bound construals among numeral modifiers, Sinn und Bedeutung 20. [With McNabb, Alexandropoulou, Blok and Bimpikou]

  • 2015 - Plurality. In Aloni and Dekker (eds.), the Cambridge Handbook of Semantics. Oxford University Press.

  • 2015 - Modified numerals: the epistemic effect. In: P. Menendez-Benito & L. Alonso-Ovalle (eds), Epistemic Indefinites. Oxford University Press.

  • 2014 - A note on the projection of appositives. Formal approaches to semantics and pragmatics, E. McCready, K. Yabushita and K. Yoshimoto (eds). Springer.

  • 2012 - On wh-exclamatives and noteworthiness. In Aloni et al. (eds.): Amsterdam Colloquium 18. LNCS, Springer.

  • 2011 - Introduction. In Nouwen, R. et al. (eds), Vagueness and Communication, Lecture Notes in Computer Science / LNAI, Springer. [with Robert van Rooij, Uli Sauerland and Hans-Christian Schmitz]

  • 2011 - Degree modifiers and monotonicity. In P. Egre and N. Klinedinst (eds), Vagueness and Language Use, Palgrave.

  • 2010 - Two puzzles of requirement. In M. Aloni and K. Schulz (eds), The Amsterdam Colloquium 2009, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer.

  • 2010 - What’s in a quantifier? In: M. Everaert, T.Lentz, H. de Mulder, O. Nilsen and A. Zondervan (eds), The linguistics enterprise: Theoretical Validity and Psychological Reality. Benjamins.

  • 2009 - Two kinds of modified numerals. In: Arndt Riester and Torgrim Solstad (eds.): Proceedings of Sinn und Bedeutung 13, Stuttgart.

  • 2008 - Directional numeral quantifiers: the case of up to To appear in: Tova Friedman & Satoshi Ito (eds), Proceedings of Semantics and Linguistic Theory XVIII, CLC Publications.

  • 2007 - On Dependency and Quantification in Dynamic Semantics, In: Hasida Koiti and Nitta Katsumi (eds.), New Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence: Joint Proceedings of the 17th and 18th Annual Conference of the Japanese Society for Artificial Intelligence. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer Verlag

  • 2006 - Remarks on the polar orientation of almost, In: van de Weijer and Los (eds.) Linguistics in the Netherlands, 162-173.

  • 2005 - Monotone Amazement, In P. Dekker and M. Franke (eds.) Proceedings of the fifteenth Amsterdam Colloquium, University of Amsterdam.

  • 2002 - Context, collectivity and emptiness In: G. Alberti, K. Balogh, and P. Dekker (eds). The proceedings of the Seventh Symposium on Logic and Language, Pecs, Hungary.

  • 2001 - A plural resolution logic, In: Proceedings of the 2001 ESSLLI Student Session, University of Helsinki.

  • 2001 - Complement set reference, In I. Kruijff-Korbayova and M. Steedman (eds.): Proceedings of the workshop on Information Structure, Discourse Structure and Discourse Semantics, University of Helsinki.

  • 1999 - DPL with control elements, In: Proceedings of the 12th Amsterdam Colloquium, P. Dekker (ed.), UvA, Amsterdam.


  • Keynotes a conferences: Amsterdam Colloquium (2017), Pallmyr (2017, 2007), Semantics and Linguistic Theory (2017), Sinn und Bedeutung (2012), Semantics and Philosophy in Europe (2014), CONSOLE (2014).

  • Invited talks (colloquia, workshops, etc.): >30

  • Selected conference presentations: >30


  • Chair of Algemene Vereniging Taalwetenschap (Dutch society for the study of language), 2010 – 2015.

  • Member of the NWO-OC selection committe 2018. (General open competition national funding scheme.)

  • Member of the NWO-VIDI selection committee 2014, 2016. (Mid-career national science funding.)

  • Member of the research programme selection committee XPrag.de, Deutsche Forschungs Gemeinschaft. 2013, 2016.

  • Referee for funding agencies: Deutsche Forschungs Gemeinschaft (DfG), Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), European Science Foundation, Israel Science Foundation, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

  • Regular Journal Reviewing: Journal of Logic Language & Information, Journal of Philosophical Logic, Natural Language Semantics, Journal of Semantics, Lingua, Linguistic Inquiry, Linguistics & Philosophy, Research on Language & Computation, Synthese, Semantics & Pragmatics, Journal of Computer and System Sciences, Discourse Processes, Journal of behavioral decision making

  • Membership of jury for ``Habilitation a diriger des recherches’’ (France): Emmanuel Chemla (Paris, 2014, president of the jury), Benjamin Spector (Paris, 2014).


  • Ph.D. candidate supervision (as main supervisor): Ying Liu (started 2017), Stavroula Alexandropoulou (expected defense July 2018), Dominique Blok (expected defense autumn 2018), Anna Chernilovskaya (defended 2014), Lisa Bylinina (defended, 14/2/2014).

  • Postdoctoral researchers (as main supervisor): Jakub Dotlacil (within my NWO VIDI project), Yaron McNabb (within my ERC Consolidator project)

  • MA / Msc theses: I supervise approximately 3 - 4 MA or Msc theses every year. Several former students are now pursuing an academic career: Hanna de Vries (postdoc in York), Marja Oudega (PhD Leiden University), Dominique Blok (PhD student in Utrecht), Emiel van Miltenburg (PhD student VU Amsterdam), Robert Grimm (PhD student Antwerpen), Jan Winkowski (PhD student Krakow), Sophia Bimpikou (winner of faculty prize for best MA thesis, PhD student Groningen), Erlinde Meertens (PhD student, Konstanz).

  • Membership of PhD committees / defence committees: Jakub Dotlacil (Utrecht, 2010, defence only), Christine Unger (Utrecht, 2010), Camelia Constantinescu (Leiden, 2011), James Griffith (Groningen, 2015), Koen Roelandt (KU Leuven, 2016).


  • GLOW workshop “Compositionality”, 2017, Leiden.
  • LogiCon workshop, 2016, Utrecht.
  • Two days at least, 2014, Naarden.
  • Co-organiser conference “Experimental pragmatics 2013″, 2013, Utrecht.
  • Co-organiser conference “Sinn und Bedeutung 16”, 2011, Utrecht
  • Co-organiser workshop “Vagueness in Communication”, 2009, ESSLLI, Bordeaux
  • Programme-coordinator / Local Organiser LOT Summerschool, 2008, Utrecht.
  • Co-organiser workshop “Quantifier Modification”, 2007, ESSLLI, Dublin.
  • Co-organiser workshop “Syntax and Semantics of the Category P”, 2006, Utrecht.
  • Co-organiser workshop “Connecting the different faces of Information”, 2003, Amsterdam.
  • Co-organiser Amsterdam-Utrecht workshop “Meaning and Intonation”, 2002, Utrecht.
  • Co-coordinator “International Workshop on Reference and Coherence in Discourse” , 2001, Utrecht.


Since 2016, on a yearly basis:

  • Introduction to linguistics for Artificial Intelligence. (Bsc AI, Coordinator and main lecturer)

  • Experimentation in linguistics and psychology. (MSc AI, Coordinator and lecturer)

  • Cognitive Modeling (Msc AI, Lecturer)

  • Semantics and Pragmatics (RMA Linguistics, Coordinator and sole lecturer)

  • Advanced topics in cognitive science (Msc AI, lecturer)

Before 2016: Semantics and Pragmatics (RMA Linguistics, 2015, 2014), Linguistic Modelling and Experimentation (Msc Artificial Intelligence, 2015, 2014), Introduction to linguistics (Bsc Artificial Intelligence, 2015, 2012, 2009), Logic Language and Cognition (Msc Artificial Intelligence, 2013, 2012), Discourse analysis (BA Linguistics, 2012, 2008, 2007), Language and Meaning (BA Linguistics, 2012), Foundations of Semantics and Pragmatics (RMA Linguistics, 2010, 2009), Text Analysis (BA Communication and Information Studies, 2011, 2010, 2009), Logical Form (RMA Linguistics, 2009, 2006)

Courses outside of Utrecht: Experimental semantics and pragmatics (graduate course, with Yaron McNabb), Winter 2015, LOT, Universiteit van Amsterdam; Topics in Semantics (Advanced graduate, Autumn 2011), MIT Linguistics and Philosophy, Cambridge, US; Foundations of Semantics (Graduate), Gent, Belgium; Natural Language Quantifiers (Graduate), August 2006, European Summerschool in Logic, Language and Information, Malaga, Spain; Meaning and Use of Quantifiers (Ph.D., 5 days), June 2006, Summerschool of the Dutch Research School in Linguistics (LOT), University of Amsterdam.

Other educational duties

  • Member of the board of examiners, graduate school of humanities. 2013-2016

  • Chair of the study program committee (“opleidingscommissie”), Bsc Artificial Intelligence, 2016 - ..

  • Member of the program council (“programmaraad”), Msc Artificial Intelligence, 2016 - ..