Will Harwood

Will Harwood

Campus: Leuven
Room: LETT 02.19
E-mail: william.w.harwood{AT}gmail{DOT}com

Curriculum Vitae

William Harwood (°1986) obtained his bachelor degree in English Language and Linguistics at the University of York (UK) in 2008. He was awarded his masters (by research) in Linguistics at the same institution in 2009, for which he studied the Jamaican English dialect and produced the dissertation ‘Case Syncretism in Jamaican English’. In 2010 he began his PhD studies at Ghent University under the supervision of Liliane Haegeman and in 2013 was awarded his doctorate for his dissertation ‘Being Progressive Is Just A Phase: dividing the functional hierarchy’. In 2014 he began his post-doctoral studies with Jeroen van Craenenbroeck at KU Leuven as part of the FWO Project The Syntax of Idioms.

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PhD thesis

Research interests


  • Phase theory
  • Ellipsis
  • Idiomatic constructions
  • Verb movement
  • The syntax of auxiliary verbs
  • Existential constructions
  • VP fronting
  • Case