Jeroen van Craenenbroeck


Campus: Leuven
Room: 02.18
E-mail:  jeroen.vancraenenbroeck{AT}kuleuven{DOT}be


Curriculum Vitae

Jeroen van Craenenbroeck (º1976) studied Germanic languages at the Catholic University of Brussels (now HUB), the University of Leiden and the University of Leuven. After his studies, he worked at the Catholic University of Brussels for one year as a research assistant in medieval Dutch literature. In 1999 he became a PhD-student at the University of Leiden, and in 2004 he obtained his PhD cum laude with the dissertation “Ellipsis in Dutch dialects”. This book has since appeared—in a modified form—with Oxford University Press under the title “The syntax of ellipsis. Evidence from Dutch dialects” (2010). In 2004 he started teaching Dutch linguistics at the Catholic University of Brussels (later KU Leuven, campus Brussels), and he got tenure there in 2008. In 2011 he was promoted to Associate Professor and in 2014 he was appointed at the Leuven campus of KU Leuven.

PhD theses supervised

  • 2009: Lobke Aelbrecht, You have the right to remain silent. The syntactic licensing of ellipsis (HUB; with Guido Vanden Wyngaerd).
  • 2011: Marijke De Belder, Roots and Categories (with Guido Vanden Wyngaerd and  Norbert Corver).
  • 2012: Tanja Temmerman, Multidominance, ellipsis and quantifier scope (ULeiden, with Johan Rooryck).
  • 2013: Amélie Rocquet, Topics in the Theory of Agreement (UGent; co-supervisor, main supervisor: Liliane Haegeman).
  • 2014: Adrienn Janosi, Long split focus constructions in Hungarian: their types and derivation with a view on speaker variation (with Guido Vanden Wyngaerd).
  • projected 2019: Cora Pots, Quantity and quality in linguistics

Research interests


  • ellipsis (sluicing, swiping, VP-ellipsis, comparatives)
  • the clausal left periphery
  • complementizers
  • pronominal doubling
  • complementizer agreement
  • cartography
  • wh-movement
  • microvariation


  • roots
  • vocabulary insertion
  • (multiple) spell-out
  • nanosyntax