• 2013-: Full professor, Nordeuropa-Institut, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • 2008 - 2013: Full professor, Scandinavian Languages and Cultures, University of Groningen
  • 2006 - 2008: Associate professor, Scandinavian Languages and Cultures, University of Groningen
  • 2002 - 2006 KNAW research fellow (funded by Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences), Universities of Amsterdam of Groningen
  • 1998 - 2002: Postdoc researcher (fundedby the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific bResearch), University of Amsterdam
  • 1991 - 1997: Graduate student (AIO), Universities of Amsterdam and Uppsala
  • Doctorate awarded September 4th, 1997
  • Dissertation title: The history of the genitive in Swedish, a case study in degrammaticalization
  • Promotor (supervisor): prof. dr. P.E. Törnqvist (Amsterdam)
  • Co-promotores: Dr H.C.B. Perridon (Amsterdam), dr. L. Peterson (Uppsala)



  • 2016-2018: Deputy Head,  Nordeuropa-Institut, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
  • 2012-2013: Director of Studies of the Research Master in Linguistics, University of Groningen
  • 2012-2013: Secretary of the Departmental Board of European Languages and Cultures, University of Groningen.
  • 2011-2013: Member of the Ubbo Emmius Colleghie for the advancement of conference organization in Groningen
  • 2010-2012: Secretary of the Curriculum Committee of the Research Master in Linguistics, University of Groningen
  • 2010-2013: Member of the Executive Committee of Societas Linguistica Europaea
  • 2008-2012: Head of Department, Scandinavian Languages and Cultures, University of Groningen
  • 2006-2011: Co-ordinator of the Language Variation and Language Change research group of the Center for Language and Cognition Groningen (CLCG)
  • 2000- 2006: Secretary of the Dutch Association of Old Germanic Studies
  • 2004- 2006: Co-organizer of the CLCG Linguistics Colloquium, University of Groningen
  • 1998-2002: Contributor to the Corpus of Old Swedish texts (Fornsvenska textbanken)


  • 2015: Co-organizer of of a workshop called "Grammatikalisierung in den skandinavischen Sprachen" at the 22. Arbeitstagung der Skandinavistik, University of Cologne, September 29, 2015
  • 2014: Co-organizer of the workshop "Category change from a constructional perspective" at The International Conference on Construction Grammar 8, University of Osnabrück, September 5-6, 2014.
  • 2012: Co-organizer of Coglingdays 2012, University of Groningen.
  • 2012: Co-organizer of the workshop "Exaptation: Constraining the Concept" at the 45th Annual Meeting of Societas Linguistica Europaea, University of Stockholm, August 29-September 1, 2012.
  • 2012: Co-organizer of Constructional Change in the Languages of Europe, Exploratory Workshop at NIAS, Wassenaar, January 12-14, 2012.
  • 2011: Co-organizer of a workshop on exaptation at the XXth International Conference on Historical Linguistics,Osaka, Japan, July 25, 2011.
  • 2010: Co-organizer of the Skandinavistendagen, University of Groningen, November 25-26, 2010.
  • 2009: Co-organizer of ATDS 2009, University of Amsterdam, August 18-21, 2000.
  • 2009: Co-organizer of Current Trends in Grammaticalization Research, University of Groningen, October 8-9, 2009
  • 2006: Co-organizer of the Language Contact in Times of Globalization conference, University of Groningen, September 28-30, 2006
  • 2002: Co-organizer of the New Reflections on Grammaticalization 2 conference, University of Amsterdam, April 4-6, 2002


I started teaching in 1992, when I was still a PhD-student. Since then, I have offered courses on a wide variety of topics, at all levels, and in four languages (Dutch, English, German, and Swedish).  Subjects include:

  • Introduction to general linguistics
  • Theory and methods in linguistics
  • Corpus linguistics
  • Principles of historical linguistics
  • Grammaticalization and other composite changes
  • Linguistic change in progress
  • Asymmetry in language change
  • Contact linguistics
  • Language Evolution
  • Scandinavian linguistics (synchronic and diachronic)
  • Swedish grammar
  • Swedish as a foreign language
  • Old West Scandinavian (Old Icelandic and Old Norwegian)
  • Old East Scandinavian (Old Danish and Old Swedish)

For my current courses at the Humboldt University of Berlin please see our Agnes Course Catalogue.

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