Dr. M.B. (Marion) Elenbaas

  • Lecturer

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 7019
E-Mail: m.b.elenbaas@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Univ Centre for Linguistics, LUCL Engels
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
van Wijkplaats 4
2311 BX Leiden
Room number 2.03
Personal Homepage: www.hum.leiden.edu/​lucl/​organisation/​members/​elenbaasmb.html


My main areas of research are:

  • the English verb-particle combination
  • English historical syntax (including morphosyntactic change, grammaticalisation)
  • syntax of modern English
  • theoretical syntax
My main research interests lie in the field of English synchronic and diachronic syntax, especially secondary predication. With respect to syntactic change, some topics that particularly interest me are the impact of internal and external factors on syntactic change (and language change in general). Other research interests include the morphology-syntax interface and child language.

VENI research project The dynamics of light verbs in the history of West Germanic languages

Teaching activities

My main teaching activities are in the areas of:

  • English (historical) syntax
  • English historical linguistics
  • English phonetics and phonology (introductory level) 
  • English historical linguistics
  • English morphology

Curriculum Vitae

I did an MA degree in English Language and Literature at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands. In the third year of my degree I was a Harting Scholar at the University of York, where I took courses in the Department of Language and Linguistic Science and the Department of English and Related Literature. I also taught Dutch as a foreign language at the Language Teaching Centre at the University of York. After obtaining my Master’s degree (Doctorandus) in 2001, I went on to do a PhD on the diachronic development of English verb-particle combinations, at the Radboud University Nijmegen. My PhD project was part of the Free University of Amsterdam/Radboud University Nijmegen/NWO (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) project “The diachrony of complex predicates in the West-Germanic languages”. In January 2006, while finishing my PhD, I started as a temporary lecturer in the department of Linguistics and English Language at the University of Manchester. In January 2007 I successfully defended my doctoral thesis and joined the department of English Language and Culture in Leiden as a lecturer (UD).

Last Modified: 11-12-2015