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I am a researcher in linguistics, currently as a University Lecturer at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics, and project leader of the Vidi project Bantu Syntax and Information Structure.

My research is inspired by the question ‘what determines our grammar and its variation across languages?’. Formulating our thoughts in sentences is for a large part restricted by the syntactic rules of the particular language we speak. Another force that shapes our sentences, however, is the packaging of information: what is the most important bit of information, and how do I convey that to my interlocutor? This interface between morphosyntax and pragmatics, and particularly the crosslinguistic variation in this area, keeps fascinating me.