Institute for the Languages and Cultures of the Baltic, Centre for General Linguistics
Born in Antwerp many years ago, I have been living and working in Lithuania for more than twenty years now.
I am head of a small centre of general linguistics at Vilnius University. I teach various subjects of general
linguistics, such as trends in contemporary linguistics, theory of grammar and syntax, and I also conduct PhD
seminars. I was originally trained as a Slavonic scholar and much of my research is concerned with the Baltic
and Slavonic languages. I have headed several international research projects based at Vilnius University, aiming
at gaining new insights into the grammatical structure of the Baltic languages. For some twenty years, together
with my wife Gina, I have organized small-scale summer schools of linguistics in Salos, a small village at the
lakeside in North-Eastern Lithuania (https://academiasalensis.org/en).
Linguists from many countries, mainly
typologists, have taken part in them as invited speakers. I greatly appreciate the friendship and collegiality
of the linguists who have collaborated with me on the Salos project as well as on the research projects. I owe
them many inspiring moments as well as a magnificent present—a festschrift on the occasion of my 65th birthday
It contains a wealth of wonderful articles just to my
This webpage offers a list of my (mainly recent) research topics, each with a short presentation of the main ideas and bibliographical references. You will also find a list of my selected articles, many of which can be found on Academia and ResearchGate.