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.
2012-pres.: Assistant Professor, Leiden University Centre for Linguistics.
2008-2012: Post-doctoral researcher. Leiden University Centre for Linguistics. Research project: Stressing the Facts. Accentuation in Hittite.
2007: Teacher at the Department of Comparative Indo-European Linguistics, Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (part-time).
2005-2008: Organizer of the Leiden Summer Schools in Languages and Linguistics (part-time).
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.
2012-pres.: Member of the Board (‘Vertreter des Mittelbaus’) of the Indogermanische Gesellschaft (Society for Indo-European Studies).
2012: Organizer of the workshop (Re)defining Old Hittite, during the Rencontre Assyriologique Internationale, Leiden University, 17 July 2012.
2012: Organizer of the congress Indo-European Compounds and Beyond, Leiden University, 27 April 2012.
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.
Yearly recurring main courses:
Hittite, Anatolian Historical Grammar, Language and Culture of the Indo-Europeans, Historical Linguistics, Greek Historical Grammar, Morphology.
Occasional subsidiary courses:
Reading Hittite Texts, Palaic, Hieroglyphic Luwian, Lycian.
2009: Methodology of Historical Linguistics (LOT Summer School).
2009: Hittite Historical Grammar (Blockseminar, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München).
2009: Anatolian Historical Grammar (Blockseminar, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster).
2008: The Hittite verbal system in the light of its Indo-European origins (Leiden Summer School).
2011: Anatolian Accentuation (Leiden Summer School).
2012: Lydian (Leiden Summer School)
2007-2012: Language, the living time machine (Leiden Advanced Pre-University Programme for Top-students: series of courses on historical linguistics for secondary students).
2012-pres.: Member of the Exam Committee of the MA programme Linguistics at Leiden University.
2011-pres.: Chairman of the Department’s Committee of the programme Linguistics at Leiden University.
2010-pres.: Coordinator of the modular courses of the BA programme Comparative Indo-European Linguistics at Leiden University.
2009-pres.: Member of the PhD Admission and Application Committee of the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics.
2008-pres.: 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.
2004-2005: Member of the Committee for Organizing the Third International Linguistics Olympiad in Leiden (8-12 August 2005).
2004: Member of the delegation for Indo-European Linguistics at the Conference for the Internationalization of Non-Western Studies.
2003-2008: Member of the Department’s Committee of the programme Comparative Indo-European Linguistics at Leiden University.
Awards and Grants
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 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.