About

Hi! I am Marjolein Poortvliet and I am a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Linguistics at Charles University in Prague. Currently, I am working on the project The Grammaticalization of English Copular Verbs.

I received a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Oxford in May 2018 (titled Perception and Predication, under the supervision of Prof. Mary Dalrymple and Prof. Ash Asudeh), after which I was a lecturer in Linguistics at the University of Amsterdam. I joined the Department of Linguistics at Charles University in April 2019, as part of the EPoCC research group.

My work focuses on the emergence and development of verbal constructions in the Germanic languages, and on how evidential and epistemic readings arise in such constructions over time. Using diachronic corpus data, I model these semantic and syntactic changes formally within the CxG framework.