Professor of Theoretical Linguistics at Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication of the University of Amsterdam
Kees Hengeveld is professor of Theoretical Linguistics at Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication of the University of Amsterdam. He is a specialist in linguistic typology, language documentation, and one of the main developers of Functional Discourse Grammar, a typologically based theory of language structure. He is also the director of the Netherlands National Graduate School of Linguistics. For further information you may consult his professional page.
The scientific goal of the ACLC is to discover the underlying systematicity in verbal as well as non-verbal human communication and in spoken as well as signed language. To this end, ACLC researchers combine evidence from generalizations about data obtained from direct or indirect observation or elicitation, evidence from behavioral experiments executed under controlled conditions, and support from explicit abstract modelling and computer simulations. The societal goals of the ACLC are to improve the successful acquisition and use of language, to improve communication abilities in the population, and to develop better language and communication technologies. Research is carried out win thematic research groups, which also form the home base for PhD students, of which the ACLC recruits around 10 per year. Linguistics at the University of Amsterdam is the highest ranking in continental Europe in the QS World University Rankings by Subject and has been for many years.
The University of Amsterdam (UvA) is a research-intensive university where top-quality research takes place across the full range of academic disciplines. The UvA stands for cutting-edge research that builds knowledge while seeking to understand and find solutions to complex issues facing society. The UvA is the Netherlands' largest university, offering the widest range of academic programmes. At the UvA, 30,000 students, 6,000 staff members and 3,000 PhD candidates study and work in a diverse range of fields, connected by a culture of curiosity.
The result of a merger between the Faculties of Arts, Philosophy and Theology in 1997, the Faculty of Humanities (FGW) not only houses a large array of established and respected disciplines, including Foreign Languages, Dutch Studies, History, Archaeology, Theatre Studies, Philosophy, and Linguistics, but also such pioneering research fields as New Media, Digital Humanities, and Conservation and Restoration.
Unique is the fact that in The Netherlands PhD training is organized at the national level. For linguistics this is within the Netherlands National Graduate School of Linguistics (LOT), which hosts some 150 PhD students in many different subfields of linguistics. This way ACLC PhD students enter into contact with many other linguists than those based at their own institute.