Per September 1st 2023, I am an Assistant Professor in Linguistics at Groningen University. I am affiliated both with the Department of Dutch Language and Culture and the Department of Linguistics. I obtained my PhD in the Linguistics Department at the University of Maryland, College Park and I was previously a post-doctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics.

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– September 1st, I will start as an Assistant Professor in Dutch Linguistics at Groningen University. My new e-mail address is a.m.f.van.dooren [at] rug.nl.
Anouk Dieuleveut and I were accepted to teach a course at the European Summer School for Language, Logic and Information in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Course materials can be found at https://essllimodals2023.wordpress.com/.
– I have been invited as a plenary speaker at the Manchester Forum in Linguistics, April 20-21, 2023, Manchester University. https://mfilconf.wordpress.com/

I’m interested in the link between language and cognition. I hereby take an interdisciplinary approach and always look for ways to incorporate my research for computer scientists, or educators, for instance. From 2022-2023 I worked on societal impact more generally within the Gravity Consortium Language in Interaction.

My research focuses on modals: items like may and can, which are used to talk about possibilities and necessities that are not necessarily true at the moment (“There may be a monster under my bed!”). We use these items frequently and with variable uses – but how? And how do children acquire language that goes beyond the here and now?

Contact information
E-mail: a.m.f.van.dooren[at]rug.nl