Tanja Temmerman


Campus: Leuven
Room: LETT 02.19
E-mail: tanja{DOT}temmerman{AT}kuleuven{DOT}be


Curriculum Vitae

Tanja Temmerman (°1985) studied Germanic languages (Dutch and English Linguistics and Literature) at the Catholic University of Brussels (now KU Leuven HUBrussel) and the Catholic University of Leuven. In 2007, she became a PhD candidate at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL). She obtained her PhD in 2012 with her dissertation Multidominance, ellipsis and quantifier scope, which investigates the scopal behavior of negative indefinites, modals, and quantified phrases in ellipsis. In 2009 and 2010 she was lecturer in the English department at Leiden University. From September 2010 to September 2011, she was employed as research assistant at CRISSP at HUBrussel and as teaching assistant of Dutch Linguistics at the Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis (FUSL). She is now a postdoctoral researcher at KU Leuven HUBrussel on the FWO/NWO-sponsored project `The syntax of idioms’ awarded to Prof.dr. Jeroen van Craenenbroeck (KU Leuven HUBrussel) and Prof.dr. Norbert Corver (Utrecht University). She is also Visiting Assistant Professor of Dutch Linguistics at Université Saint-Louis.

Research interests


  • the internal and external syntax of idioms
  • ellipsis (fragment answers, sluicing, VP-ellipsis)
  • multidominance
  • negative indefinites
  • quantifier raising
  • wh-movement
  • islands
  • head movement
  • the clausal left periphery

The syntax-PF connection

  • linearization
  • spell-out
  • ordering of PF-operations
  • Dutch dialects