Education / Degrees

2021, PhD (cum laude), Comparative Indo-European Linguistics, Leiden University (dissertation: Indo-European Origins of Anatolian Morphology and Semantics: Innovations and Archaisms in Hittite, Luwian and Lycian)

2015, MA (summa cum laude), Comparative Indo-European Linguistics, Leiden University (thesis: Etymological Dictionary of West Frisian Farming Vocabulary)

2014, MA (cum laude), Classics and Ancient Civilizations, VU University Amsterdam (thesis: The Roots of Greek: Inherited Athematic Root Formations in Homer and the Prehistory of the Greek Prestent/Aorist-Opposition)

2008, BA, Classics, VU University Amsterdam (thesis: The Mediae Aspiratae in Italic)

2004, Gymnasium (high school), Etty Hillesum Lyceum, Deventer (final exams: Dutch, English, French, Greek, Latin, history, music; ‘profielwerkstuk’: The Relationship between Dutch, Latin and Greek)



2020-2024, post-doctoral researcher, project The Tocharian Trek: A linguistic reconstruction of the migration of the Tocharians from Europe to China, Leiden University Centre for Linguistics, Leiden University

2015-2020, PhD student, project Splitting the Mother Tongue: The Position of Anatolian in the Dispersal of the Indo-European Language Family, Leiden University Centre for Linguistics, Leiden University

Work on Dictionaries

2016-2018, 2023-2024, editor and lemma builder of Sluiter, Van Beek, Kessels, Rijksbaron (eds.), Grieks-Nederlands Woordenboek, Leiden University

2024, editor of the Greek part of Lubotsky (ed.), Indo-European Etymological Dictionary, Leiden University

2021, editor of the Tocharian part of Lubotsky (ed.), Indo-European Etymological Dictionary, Leiden University

2014-2015, editor of Möller, Wörterbuch des saterfriesischen, Meertens Instituut, Amsterdam

2014, editor of Beekes, Pre-Greek: Phonology, Morphology, Lexicon, Leiden University

2011-2014, student assistant/researcher for Beekes, Etymological Dictionary of Greek, Leiden University


2014-2015, intern working on the elektronische Woordenbank van de Nederlandse Dialecten (eWND), supervisor Nicoline van der Sijs, Meertens Instituut, Amsterdam

2007, classics teacher, Eerste Christelijk Lyceum, Haarlem


2024, Building and breaking the Indo-European family tree: Phylogenetic evidence from the Anatolian and Tocharian branches, keynote at T.W.I.S.T. conference ‘Branching Out’, Leiden

2022, The position of Tocharian in the Indo-European language family, The Secondary Homelands of the Indo-European Languages, Leiden

2021, Evidence for the augment in Anatolian, Comparative Indo-European Linguistics Seminar, Leiden

2020, Tocharian B ləka- ~ pəlka-, A läkā- ~ pälkā- ‘to see, look’, Tocharian in Progress, Leiden/online

2019, The etymologies of *h1es- ‘to be’ and *deh3‘to give’: New evidence for the Indo-Anatolian hypothesis, 100 Jahre Indogermanistik an der Universität Ljubljana – Ein “Ljubljäum”, Ljubljana

2019, Hieroglyphic Luwian dialects: morphological innovations of sub-Taurean Luwian, the 6th workshop on Luwic dialects, Barcelona

2018, The prehistory of the ḫi-conjugation, workshop Aspect and Alignment in Indo-European and PIE, Ghent

2018, The Hittite dat.-loc. of i- and ii̯a-stems, the Luwic paradigm of personal names, and the Proto-Anatolian allative, 4. Indogermanisches Forschungskolloquium, Zürich

2018, The Luwic paradigm of proper names, with a focus on the origin of the dative and its Proto-Anatolian implications, the 5th workshop on the Luwic dialects, Santiago de Compostela

2017, Luwic ‘i-mutation’: a collapsing nominal system, mini-symposium ‘Anatolian and Indo-European linguistics’ on the occasion of A. Shatskov’s PhD defense, Leiden

2017, On the origin of i-mutation: The development of the Luwic nominal stem classes, International Congress of Hittitology, Chicago

2017, On the distribution of –a– and -e– in the Lycian genitival adjective suffix, Current Research on Lycian, München

2015, Een etymologisch woordenboek van het Fries?, Dei fan de Fryske taalkunde, Fryske Akademy/Tresoar, Leeuwarden

2013, The Roots of Greek: inherited athematic root formations in Homer and the prehistory of the present/aorist-opposition, colloquium ‘Greek Linguistics and Indo-European reconstruction’ on the occasion of L. van Beek’s PhD defense, Leiden

2011, Het Praesens Historicum in Tacitus’ verslag van de Bataafse opstand, OIKOS research group Textual Cohesion, Katwijk

2010, Latin word order: a pragmatic approach, VU Graduate Seminar, Amsterdam


Reviewer for various edited volumes and journals, the latter including:

  • Indogermanische Forschungen
  • Tocharian and Indo-European Studies
  • Mnemosyne
  • Folia Linguistica Historica

PhD defense committee member

  • Defense of Federico Dragoni (Leiden University, 2022)
  • Defense of Chams Bernard (Leiden University, 2023)


Leiden University curricular courses

2022, 2023, Research Methods (ReMA)
2020, Indo-European Nominal Morphology (BA)
2017, Hittite (MA/BA)
2017, Anatolian Historical Grammar (MA/BA)
2016, Minor languages of Anatolia (MA)
2015-2016, Greek Historical Phonology (MA/BA)

Amsterdam Classics summer school

2013, Advanced Greek Syntax

For high school students

2017-2018, Introduction to Indo-European linguistics (as a ‘PRE-Class’ teacher)
2016, Introduction to linguistics and deciphering scripts (as a guest lecturer)
2007, Greek and Latin (as an intern)
2006-2009, Latin (as a tutor)


2023, Greek (high school tutoring)
2018, Dutch (beginner’s level)
2016, Italian (advanced grammar)
2006-2009, 2024, Latin (high school tutoring)