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Norbert Corver

Chairperson & treasurer
Norbert Corver (chairperson & treasurer VRF) received his PhD in Linguistics from Tilburg University in 1990. Since graduating he held a permanent position at Tilburg university, and in 2001 he took up the position of Professor of Dutch Linguistics at Utrecht University. He is an expert on comparative (morpho)syntax. His research interests include the morphosyntax of functional categories, movement and locality, the syntax of adverbial expressions, and NP-ellipsis. Since 2010 he has actively explored the interface between language and affect. He is the recipient of several research grants from the Dutch Science Foundation and was co-applicant of the EU-funded research project Advancing the European Multilingual Experience. He is the (co-)author of numerous articles on theoretical and comparative syntax, co-editor of several books on generative syntax, and co-author of four volumes of Syntax of Dutch. Corver is co-editor of the series Studies in Generative Grammar (Mouton de Gruyter) and Comprehensive Grammar Resources (Amsterdam University Press). He is a member of the Academia Europaea.

Jeroen van Craenenbroeck


Jeroen van Craenenbroeck (secretary VRF) received his PhD from Leiden University in 2004. Since graduating he has held a permanent position at KU Leuven, where he was promoted to Professor of Dutch Linguistics in 2019. Since 2022 he also holds a part-time position as Senior Researcher of Variation Linguistics at the Meertens Institute in Amsterdam. He is an expert on morphosyntactic variation in varieties of Dutch. His research interests include ellipsis, pronominal doubling, complementizers and complementizer agreement, verb clusters, and derivational morphology. He has published three books, and numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes. Since 2014 he has actively explored the interaction between theoretical syntax on the one hand and the statistical analysis of large-scale collections of native speaker judgments on the other. This research has led to several successful grant applications and projects, both at KU Leuven and at the level of the Flemish Science Foundation. He is co-founder and vice-president of the Center for Research in Syntax, Semantics, and Phonology (CRISSP) at KU Leuven.

Susanne Wurmbrand

regular board member VRF / CHAIRPERSON GLOW

Susanne Wurmbrand received her PhD from MIT in 1998 after completing a masters in Linguistics and German Philology at the University of Vienna. She held an Assistant Professor position at McGill Unversity, an Assistant, Associate and Full Professor position at the University of Connecticut, a Visiting Professor position at Harvard University, and is now Privatdozentin at the University of Vienna. She is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Comparative Germanic Linguistics, an associate editor of Language, and a co-editor of the open access book series Open Generative Syntax. She is an expert on syntax and the syntax−semantics interface, and has been the recipient of two grants from the Austrian science foundation FWF.  Her work is comparative, following generative typology, and her main research areas are complementation, control, A-dependencies, Voice properties, quantifier scope, binding and coreference. She has been the Chair of GLOW (Generative Linguistics in the Old World) since 2022, and is a member of the Academia Europaea.

Elisabeth Kriechbaum

regular board member

Remuneration policy
VRF board members do not receive any financial compensation in exchange for their services performed for the foundation, with the exception of travel and accommodation costs for attending board meetings.