Dany Jaspers

Campus: Brussels
Room: B-04-12
Telephone: 02-609 37 49
E-mail: dany.jaspers{AT}kuleuven{DOT}be


Curriculum Vitae

Dany Jaspers (°1958) studied Germanic Philology at the Catholic University of Leuven (KULeuven). He worked at UFSAL (later Catholic University of Brussels) from 1981 to 1983 and after a visiting scholarship at MIT in 1983-1984 again from 1984 till 1987.  In 1987 he started working at VLEKHO-Brussel (Vlaamse Economische Hogeschool) which became a division of W&K (Hogeschool voor Wetenschap en Kunst) and later of HUBrussels (Hogeschool Universiteit Brussel), where he is currently Associate Professor.  He obtained his PhD at Leiden University and KUBrussels in 2005 with the dissertation “Operators in the Lexicon – On the Negative Logic of Natural Language”.

PhD theses supervision

  • Koen Roelandt : The formal semantics of proportional quantification in Dutch and English. Supervisors: Prof. dr. H. Smessaert & Prof. dr. Dany Jaspers. 2011-2015 (BOF-HUB project Z7249).

Research interests

Logic and semantics

  • Natural language quantification
  • Differential marking in comparatives, diminutives and iteratives
  • Cross-categorial differential marking
  • Negation
  • Scalarity
  • Polarity phenomena
  • Mereological algebra of color
  • The square of oppositions
  • The status of logical operators in the natural language lexicon


  • The properties of merge and recursion


  • Constraints on concept formation and the study of lexical gaps