Research Projects

At the moment, I am involved in several research projects, both international and individual. Though I continue to expand my work from my PhD project on Ancient Greek counterfactuals to later stages of the history of Greek, I am also involved in projects that illustrate the wider significance of the Greek data to general linguistics, such as typology (see 1), historical linguistics (see 2) and socio-pragmatics (see 3). At the same time, I have applied insights from these and related fields (e.g. historical sociolinguistics) to other linguistic phenomena from the history of Greek, Latin and Indo-European languages more broadly (see publications).

Performative Patterns in the History of Greek - Postdoc Project

In this project, funded by a research grant from the Scientific Research Foundation of Flanders from November 2023 to 2026, I am investigating the histories of performative patterns from Ancient into Post-Classical Greek (500 BCE - 600 CE), using a comprehensive corpus of literary and non-literary texts. 

Current International Projects 

(1) A Typology of Habituals, PI Kees Hengeveld (University of Amsterdam). We are devising a novel typology of habitual constructions across languages. I am contributing studies on habitual and generic constructions in Ancient Greek, extending my previously published work on these topics.

(2) Pragmatics in Cyclical language change, PI Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen (University of Manchester). This network collects researchers interested in cyclical processes of language change. I am contributing studies on the life cycles of counterfactual constructions.

(3) Everyday Writing in Graeco-Roman and Late Antique Egypt. A Socio-Semiotic Study of Communicative Variation (EVWRIT), PI Klaas Bentein (Ghent University). This ERC project aims to create a novel socio-semiotic approach to communicative variation in Greek papyri from Egypt. 

Counterfactuals in Ancient Greek - PhD project

My PhD project (November 2019 to 2023) was funded by a research grant from the Scientific Research Foundation of Flanders (FWO 1122620N). In the project, I analysed counterfactual constructions in Ancient Greek. By studying these counterfactuals, I contributed to existing pragmatic, historical linguistic and typological work on counterfactual constructions. To that end, I synthesized three methodologies to answer three questions: pragmatics (how were the counterfactual constructions used in Ancient Greek?), historical linguistics (how do counterfactual constructions develop in Ancient Greek?) and linguistic typology (how do counterfactual marking strategies in Ancient Greek relate to those found cross-linguistically?). See my publications for the papers which have thus far come out and for my current work on counterfactuals in later stages of the Greek language.

The project was mainly supervised by prof. dr. Klaas Bentein (Ghent University), my promotor, and dr. Rutger Allan (VU University Amsterdam), my co-promotor. In addition, I was very lucky to have key experts on counterfactuals in Ancient Greek as well as the diachrony of Greek in my doctoral advisory committee: prof.dr. Gerry Wakker (University of Groningen), prof.dr. Mark Janse (Ghent University) and prof. Antonio Revuelta Puigdollers (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid).