Prof.dr. G.E. (Geert) Booij (Emeritus)

  • Professor Emeritus
  • Morphology and its interfaces with phonology, syntax, semantics, and the lexicon

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2125
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Univ Centre for Linguistics, LUCL diversen

Personal Homepage:​~booijge​booijge


My research focuses on theoretical and descriptive issues in morphology, with special attention to the interfaces with phonology, syntax, and semantics. I am interested in the notion ‘construction’ as developed in Construction Grammar, and its importance for dealing with morphological phenomena and syntactic constructions that serve to create lexical units. The languages that I study are mainly the Germanic and Romance languages, with special attention to Dutch. I make use of the insights of grammaticalisation theory, both for synchronic and diachronic morphological studies.

Important website links:

The Grammar of Words, 2nd edition (2007):

Open Access publications:

Editor of Morphology:

Journal Morphology on-line:

Key publications

(2007). Geert Booij, The Grammar of Words. Oxford: Oxford University Press [2nd edition, revised and enlarged; 1st edition 2005]
(2000/2004) Geert Booij, Christian Lehman and Joachim Mugdan (eds.), Morphologie / Morphology. Ein internationales Handbuch zur Flexion und Wortbildung / An International Handbook on Inflection and Word formation. Berlin: de Gruyter. 2 volumes
(2002) Geert Booij, The Morphology of Dutch. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
(1998) Geert Booij and Ariane van Santen, De morfologie van het Nederlands. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press.
(1995) Geert Booij, The Phonology of Dutch. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


1947               Born in Hoogeveen, The Netherlands
1971               MA Degree in Dutch and general linguistics, University of Groningen
1971-1981       Assistant / associate professor, Dutch linguistics, University of Amsterdam
1977               Ph. D. degree, dissertation Dutch Morphology. A Study ofWord Formation in Generative Grammar.
1981-2005       Full professor of general linguistics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
1988-1991       Dean Faculty of Arts, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
1998-2002       Dean Faculty of Arts and Vice-Rector, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
1997-2004       Member (chair 2002-2004) of the Research Council for the Humanities, NWO
2005-2007       Dean, Faculty of Arts, University of Leiden
2005-present   Full professor of linguistics, University of Leiden

Last Modified: 11-12-2015