Univ.-Prof. Dr. Evelien Keizer

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Research interests
  • The Noun Phrase in English and Dutch (structure, meaning, use) 
  • Possessive constructions (in English, German and Dutch)
  • Reference and predication
  • Definiteness
  • English pronouns
  • Apposition in English
  • Information structure
  • Linguistic categorization
  • Semi-fixed constructions
  • English adverbs
  • Partitive and pseudo-partitive constructions
  • Word order
  • Theoretical framework: Functional Discourse Grammar
  • Team leader of the FunCog research group


  • Functional Discourse Grammar
  • Cognitive Grammar
  • Linguistic Categorization
  • Fuzzy grammar
  • Linguistic models and approaches
  • The English Noun Phrase
  • English adjectives
  • English idioms
  • English syntax

Key publications

Authored books
  • 1992. Reference, predication and (in)definiteness in Functional Grammar. A functional approach to English copular sentences. Doctoral dissertation, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
  • 2007. The English Noun Phrase: the Nature of Linguistic Categorization. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • 2012. (with H. Broekhuis) Syntax of Dutch: Nouns and Noun Phrases, Volume 1. Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press. See also: Taalportaal
  • 2015. A Functional Discourse Grammar for English. Oxford Textbooks in Linguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Edited books / Special issues
  • 2004. (with B. Aarts, D. Denison & G. Popova) Fuzzy Grammar: A Reader. Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • 2009. (with M. van Staden) Interpersonal grammar: a cross-linguistic perspective. Linguistics 47(4) (Special Issue).
  • 2014. (with N. Alturo and L. Payrato). The Role of Context in Functional Discourse Grammar. Pragmatics 24(2). (Special Issue).
  • 2016. (with I. Genee) The Lexicon in Functional Discourse Grammar. Linguistics 54(5) (Special Issue).
  • 2016. (with G. Kaltenböck & A. Lohmann) Outside the Clause (Studies in Language Companion Series 178). Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 
  • 2018. (with H. Olbertz) Recent developments in Functional Discourse Grammar. Studies in Language Companion Series 205. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. https://doi.org/10.1075/slcs.205.
  • 2022. English Noun Phrases from a functional-cognitive perspective: current issues. Studies in Language Companion Series 221. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • 2004. Postnominal PP complements and modifiers: a cognitive distinction. English Language and Linguistics 8(2), 323-350.
  • 2007. The grammatical-lexical distinction in Functional Discourse Grammar. Alfa - Revista de Lingüística 51(2) (Special Issue: Advances in Functional Discourse Grammar), 35-56.
  • 2008. English prepositions in Functional Discourse Grammar. Functions of Language 15(2), 216-256.
  • 2009. Verb-preposition constructions in Functional Discourse Grammar. Lingua 119(8), 1186-1211.
  • 2009. (with W. Honselaar) A Functional Discourse Grammar account of set nouns in Dutch and its implications for lexicography. International Journal of Lexicography 22(4): 361-397.
  • 2011 (with K. Hengeveld) Non-straightforward communication. Journal of Pragmatics 43: 1962-1976.
  • 2011. English proforms: an alternative account. English Language and Linguistics 15(2): 303-334
  • 2014. Context and cognition in Functional Discourse Grammar: what, here and why? In: Alturo, Núria, Evelien Keizer & Lluís Payrato (eds.), The role of context in Functional Discourse Grammar. Pragmatics 24(2) (Special Issue): 399-423.
  • 2016. (with E. ten Wolde) Structure and substance in functional discourse
    grammar: the case of the binominal noun phrase. Acta Linguistica Hafniensia 48(1): 134-157. DOI: 10.1080/03740463.2016.1176371
  • 2016. Idiomatic expressions in Functional Discourse Grammar. In I. Genee, & M.E. Keizer, The Lexicon in Functional Discourse Grammar. Special issue of Linguistics 54(5): 981-1016. DOI: 10.1515/ling-2016-0022
  • 2017. English partitives in Functional Discourse Grammar: types and constraints. Glossa: a journal of general linguistics 2(1), 16. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/gjgl.11.
  • 2018. Derivational morphology in FDG: challenges and implications. Word Structure 11 (1): 36–66. DOI: 10.3366/word.2018.0115.
  • 2019. The problem of non-truth-conditional, lower-level modifiers: a Functional Discourse Grammar solution. Online publication in English Language and Linguistics 2019. DOI: 10.1017/S136067431900011X
Book chapters
  • 2005. Close appositions. In: C. de Groot and K. Hengeveld (eds), Morphosyntactic expression in Functional Grammar. Functional Grammar Series 27, Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 382-417.
  • 2005. (with M. Hannay) Non-restrictive apposition in an FDG of English. In: M.Á. Gómez-González & J.L. Mackenzie (eds), Studies in Functional Discourse Grammar (Linguistic Insights, 26). Berne: Peter Lang, 159-194.
  • 2008. Reference and Ascription in F(D)G: an inventory of problems and some possible solutions. In: J. Rijkhoff & D. García Velasco (eds), The Noun Phrase in F(D)G. Trends in Linguistics. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, 181-220.
  • 2013. The X is (is) construction: an FDG account. In: J. Lachlan Mackenzie & Hella Olbertz (eds.), Casebook in Functional Discourse Grammar. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 213-248.
  • 2014. (with D. García Velasco). Derivational moprhology in Functional Discourse Grammar. In: M. de los Ángeles Gómez González, F.J. Ruiz de Mendoza Ibáñez, F. Gonzálvez-García & Angela Downing (eds.), Theory and practice in functional-cognitive space. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 151-175.
  • 2016. The (the) fact is (that) construction in English and Dutch. In G. Kaltenböck, E. Keizer and A. Lohmann (eds.), Outside the Clause. Studies in Language Companion Series 178. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 59-95.
  • 2018. Interpersonal adverbs in FDG: the case of frankly. In: Keizer, Evelien & Hella Olbertz (eds), Recent developments in Functional Discourse Grammar. Studies in Language Companion Series 205. 48-88. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.  doi.org/10.1075/slcs.205.
  • 2020. The semantics, syntax and prosody of adverbs in English: An FDG perspective. In: Haselow, Alexander & Gunther Kaltenböck (eds), Grammar and Cognition: Dualistic Models of Language Structure and Language Processing. Human Cognitive Processing: Cognitive Foundations of Language Structure and Use. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins. 191-231.
  • 2020. Noun phrases. In: Bas Aarts, Jill Bowie and Gergana Popova (eds), The Oxford Handbook of English Grammar. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 335-357. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198755104.001.0001
  • 2021. Inter-level mismatches in English coordinated partitives. In Lucia Contreras-García & Daniel García Velasco (eds), Interfaces in Functional Discourse Grammar: Theory and applications. Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs 354. DOI:  https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110711592-010

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  • Born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • 1987: MA in English language and literature, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
  • 1987: Joint researcher in the research programme "Functional language research: grammar and pragmatics", Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • 1987-1988: Teacher of English, Maastricht School of Translation
  • 1988-1992: PhD student, English Department, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • 1992: PhD in English Linguistics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
    Title of dissertation: “Reference, predication and (in)definiteness in Functional Grammar”
  • 1991-1994: Lecturer in English, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
  • 1993-1998: Teacher of English, Alkwin Kollege, Uithoorn
  • 1998-2000: Postdoctoral researcher in the research programme “A Modern Grammar of Dutch”, Tilburg University, Tilburg, the Netherlands
  • 2001-2003: Principal researcher in the AHRB research programme “The English Noun Phrase; an empirical study”, Survey of English Usage, University College London
  • 2003-2011: Lecturer in English Language and Linguistics. University of Amsterdam; Senior Researcher at the Amsterdam Center for Language and Communication (ACLC)
  • 2011-: Professor of English Linguistics: Variation and Cognition, University of Vienna.