F. (Fokelien) Kootstra

  • PhD student
  • Historical linguistics, Comparative Semitics, Ancient North Arabian studies

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2874
E-Mail: f.kootstra@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Institute for Area Studies, SMES APT
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
Witte Singel 25/M. de Vrieshof 4
2311 BZ Leiden
Room number 0.11

PhD research

Dadan was an oasis in Saudi-Arabia (Modern-day al-‘Ula) where over a thousand ancient inscriptions have been found in a script that is called Dadanitic. Even though the inscriptions were all found in a relatively restricted area they exhibit considerable linguistic diversity. This study will aim to establish the underlying reasons for the attested linguistic variation. After an understanding of the dialects or language(s) has been established, they will be placed in a wider Semitic perspective. This will help to shed light on broader issues such as linguistic variation in Pre-Islamic Arabia and the earliest development of Arabic.

Supervisors: Dr. A. Al-Jallad and Prof. P. Sijpesteijn.


2011-2014: ResMA Linguistics, Structure and variation in the languages of the world (Leiden University) ‘Taymanitic; a linguistic assessment’, supervised by dr. A. Al-Jallad.

2008-2011: BA Middle Eastern Studies (Leiden University) ‘Arabizi? Het gebruik van Engelse woorden in twee Egyptische films’, supervised by Dr. R. de Jong.

Last Modified: 11-12-2015