1978: Born in Smilde, the Netherlands
2002-2007: Ph.D. (with distinction), Comparative Indo-European Linguistics, Leiden University. Dissertation: The Hittite Inherited Lexicon [link]. Supervisor: Prof.dr. J.J.S. Weitenberg.
2001-2002: Advanced Masters Program (with distinction), Research School CNWS, School of Asian, African and Amerindian Studies, Leiden. Final paper: The verb kaness-mi to know and other Hittite s-presents.
1997-2001: MA (with distinction), Comparative Indo-European Linguistics, Leiden University. MA thesis: The Etymology of the Hittite Words Beginning with K.
1996-1997: Propaedeutic, Indo-Iranian Languages and Culture, Leiden University.
1990-1996: Gymnasium, CSG Vincent van Gogh, Assen.
2019-pres.: Associate Professor, Leiden University Centre for Linguistics.
2015-2019: Post-doctoral researcher. Leiden University Centre for Linguistics. Research project (NWO-VIDI): Splitting the Mother Tongue: The Position of Anatolian in the Dispersal of the Indo-European Language Family (Principle Investigator).
2013-2014: Post-doctoral researcher. Leiden University Institute for Area Studies. Research project (NWO-Vrije Comp.): Kaniš, a Multi-Ethnic City in Ancient Anatolia.
2012-2019: Assistant Professor, Leiden University Centre for Linguistics.
2008-2012: Post-doctoral researcher. Leiden University Centre for Linguistics. Research project (NWO-VENI): Stressing the Facts. Accentuation in Hittite (Principle Investigator).
2007: Teacher at the Department of Comparative Indo-European Linguistics. Leiden University Centre for Linguistics.
2002-2007: PhD researcher at Research School CNWS / Leiden University Centre for Linguistics. Research project: An Integrated Etymological Treatment of the Hittite Vocabulary of Indo-European Origin.
2019-pres.: Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics.
2018: Director of Studies, Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (4-months replacement position).
2018-pres.: Chairman of the Board of Examiners of the (Research) MA Programme Linguistics at Leiden University.
2016: Director of Studies, Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (4-months replacement position).
2015-2018: Member of the Assessment Committee for the University Teaching Qualification (BKO), Faculty of Humanities, Leiden University.
2012-2018: Member of the Exam Committee of the (Research) MA programme Linguistics at Leiden University.
2011-2013: Chairman of the Departmental Teaching Committee of the programme Linguistics at Leiden University.
2010-2012: Coordinator of the modular courses of the BA programme Comparative Indo-European Linguistics at Leiden University.
2009-2015: Member of the PhD Admission and Application Committee of the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics.
2008-2015: Coordinator of the Leiden Advanced Pre-University Programme for Top-Students ‘Language, the living time machine’.
2005-2008: Organizer of the Leiden Summer School of Languages and Linguistics.
2003-2008: Member of the Department’s Committee of the programme Comparative Indo-European Linguistics at Leiden University.
Honors / Grants
2018: Grant of € 8.500 for organizing the NWA-Matchmaking Event ‘Wie schrijft die blijft’ (NWA - 1162.001).
2016: Grant of € 1.150.000 from the European Research Council for the Joint Research Programme ‘Multilingualism and Minority Languages in Ancient Europe’, € 250.000 of which are granted to the Leiden research unit to carry out the project ‘Language contact and genetic relationship in pre-Roman North-West Anatolia’ (co-applicant; HERA - 15.029).
2014: Grant (VIDI) of € 800.000 from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research for the five-year research project ‘Splitting the Mother Tongue: the Position of Anatolian in the Dispersal of the Indo-European Language Family’ (NWO - 276-70-026).
2012: Grant of € 21.060 from the Spanish Government for the international research project Los ‘dialectos lúvicos’ del grupo anatolio indoeuropeo (co-applicant).
2008: Grant (VENI) of € 208.000 from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for the four-year research project ‘Stressing the Facts: Accentuation in Hittite’.
2006: Nominated for the LSR Onderwijs Prijs for best teacher at Leiden University.
2002: Grant of € 160.000 from Research School CNWS, Leiden University for a four-year employment as PhD researcher.
2001: Grant of € 13.500 from Research School CNWS, Leiden University for taking part in its Advanced Master’s Program.
1997: Caland Encouragement Award for Most Excellent Propaedeutic Student of Indology.
2015-pres.: Advisor on etymology for the Oxford English Dictionary.
2012-2016: Member of the Board (‘Vertreter des Mittelbaus’) of the Indogermanische Gesellschaft (Society for Indo-European Studies).
2011-pres.: Collaborator of the project Los ‘dialectos lúvicos’ del grupo anatolio indoeuropeo: aproximaciones genéticas y areales (University of Barcelona / University of Santiago).
2007-pres.: Advisor on Hittite etymology for the Hethitisches Wörterbuch-project (University of Munich).
2002-pres.: Contributor to the Indo-European Etymological Dictionary project (Leiden University), responsible for the Anatolian languages.
(Co-)Organization of Conferences
2018: NWA Matchmaking bijeenkomst Wie schrijft die blijft, Leiden University, 8 November 2018.
2017: Mini-Symposium Anatolian and Indo-European Linguistics, Leiden University, 25 October 2017.
2016: Indo-Iranian and its Indo-European Origins, Leiden University, 8-9 April 2016.
2015: 48th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, Leiden University, 2-5 September 2015.
2015: The Precursors of Proto-Indo-European: The Indo-Hittite and Indo-Uralic Hypotheses, Leiden University, 9-11 July 2015.
2014: Farewell Congress for Michiel de Vaan, Leiden University, 29 June 2014.
2013: The Lengthened Grade in Indo-European: Arbeitstagung der Indogermanischen Gesellschaft, Leiden University, 29-31 July 2013.
2012: (Re)defining Old Hittite, during the Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, Leiden University, 17 July 2012.
2012: Indo-European Compounds and Beyond, Leiden University, 27 April 2012.
2017: Guest researcher (4 months) at the University of Barcelona.
2012: Fieldwork trip (on invitation by Dr. Kaan İren, Muğla University) to the excavation site of Daskyleion (Ergili, Turkey) for describing, interpreting and publishing the Old Phrygian and Lydian graffiti on pot sherds excavated there.
2011 Guest lecturer at Copenhagen University (Blockseminar ‘Introduction to Anatolian languages’)
2009: Fieldwork trip to south-west Turkey and northern Syria for collating several Hieroglyphic Luwian inscriptions.
2009: Guest lecturer at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München (Blockseminar ‘Hittite Historical Grammar’).
2009: Guest lecturer at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster (Blockseminar ‘Anatolian Historical Grammar’).
Advanced Indo-European morphology (MA)
Anatolian Accentuation (MA)
Anatolian Historical Linguistics (BA/MA)
Greek Historical Grammar (BA)
Hieroglyphic Luwian (BA/MA)
Historical Linguistics (BA)
Indo-European Nominal Morphology (MA)
Language and Culture of the Indo-Europeans (BA)
Language, the living time machine (BA)
Methodology of Historical Linguistics (MA)
Reading Hittite Texts (BA/MA)
The Hittite verbal system (MA)