News and Events

Read all the latest news within the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences.


Read more about the PALS Swan Silver Award

Divisional Subject Pool

Access and sign up for the Divisional Subject Pool.

Upcoming Events

Dr Hans van de Koot

Reader in Linguistics

Location:Room 115f, Chandler House,
2 Wakefield Street, London WC1N 1PF
Telephone: +44 (0) 207 679 4049 (x24049)


Research Interests

Syntactic theory, especially the development of a syntactic theory that explains the core properties of grammatical dependencies; the relation of this theory to syntax-external systems; the computational complexity of language recognition problems.



    • van de Koot, H., Neeleman, A. (2012). The Linguistic Expression of Causation. In Everaert, M., Siloni, T., Marelj, M. (Eds.). The Theta System: Argument Structure at the Interface ( pp.20-51). Oxford Oxford University Press. [Accepted]
    • van de Koot, H., Neeleman, A. (2012). Towards a Unified Encoding of Contrast and Scope. In Neeleman, A., Vermeulen, R. (Eds.). The Syntax of Topic, Focus and Contrast: An Interface-Based Approach ( ). Mouton. [Accepted]


    • Neeleman, A., van de Koot, H. (2010). A Local Encoding of Syntactic Dependencies and Its Consequences for the Theory of Movement. Syntax 13(4), 331-372 doi:10.1111/j.1467-9612.2010.00143.x. Author URL
    • Neeleman, A., van de Koot, H. (2010). Information-structural restrictions on (A)over-bar-scrambling. The Linguistic Review 27, 365-385 doi:10.1515/tlir.2010.014.
    • Neeleman, A., van de Koot, H. (2010). Theoretical Validity and Psychological Reality of the Grammatical Code. In Everaert, M., Lentz, T., De Mulder, H., Nilsen, Ø., Zondervan, A. (Eds.). The Linguistics Enterprise: From Knowledge of Language to knowledge in Linguistics ( pp.183-212). Amsterdam John Benjamins.


    • Neeleman, A., Titov, E., van de Koot, H., Vermeulen, R. (2009). A syntactic typology of topic, focus and contrast. In Van Craenenbroeck, J. (Ed.). Alternatives to Cartography ( pp.15-52). Berlin Mouton de Gruyter.
    • Neeleman, A., van de Koot, H. (2009). Scope Inversion (under submission). Author URL
    • van de Koot, H. (2009). A'-Scrambling: Wat Markeert Het? Nederlandse Taalkunde 14(3), 313-334 Assen Publisher URL


    • Neeleman, A., van de Koot, H. (2008). Dutch scrambling and the nature of discourse templates. The Journal of Comparative Germanic Linguistics 11(2), 137-189 doi:10.1007/s10828-008-9018-0. Author URL


    • Carston, R., Blakemore, D., van de Koot, H. (Eds.) (2006). Language in Mind: A Tribute to Neil Smith on the Occasion of his Retirement. Lingua 116(10) doi:10.1016/j.lingua.2006.05.002.
    • Carston, R., Blakemore, D., van de Koot, H. (2006). Neil Smith's linguistics. Lingua 116(10), 1465-1468 doi:10.1016/j.lingua.2006.05.002.
    • Neeleman, A., van de Koot, H. (2006). On syntactic and phonological representations. Lingua 116(10), 1524-1552 doi:10.1016/j.lingua.2005.08.006.
    • Neeleman, A., van de Koot, H. (2006). Syntactic Haplology. In Everaert, M., Van Riemsdijk, H. (Eds.). The Blackwell Companion to Syntax, vol IV ( pp.684-710). Oxford Blackwell Publishers.
    • van de Koot, H. (2006). Peter W. Culicover & Andrzej Nowak, Dynamical grammar: minimalism, acquisition and change (Foundations of Syntax 2 ). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003. Pp. xxii+324. Journal of Linguistics 42(2), 452-457 Cambridge doi:10.1017/S0022226706234091. Publisher URL


    • Neeleman, A., van de Koot, J., Doetjes, J. (2004). Degree expressions. The Linguistic Review 21(1), 1-66 doi:10.1515/tlir.2004.001. Author URL
    • Van de Koot, H. (2004). Explaining Barss's Generalization. UCL Working Papers in Linguistics (16), 177-195


    • van de Koot, H., Mathieu, E. (2003). What's in an Island? UCL Working Papers in Linguistics 15, 277-313



    • Doetjes, J., Neeleman, A., van de Koot, H. (1998). Degree Expressions and the Autonomy of Syntax. UCL Working Papers in Linguistics 10, 323-368


    • van de Koot, H. (1995). The Computational Complexity of Natural Language Recognition. Lingua 97, 37-80


    • van de Koot, H. (1992). Word Grammar Recognition is NP-hard. UCL Working Papers in Linguistics 4, 406-416


    • van de Koot, H. (1990). An Essay on Grammar-Parser Relations. Dordrecht Mouton de Gruyter.

Current PhD Students

Maria Varkanitsa

Processing of syntactic dependencies in Broca’s aphasia: The role of predictability

Harris Constantinou

Intensifiers: Meaning and Distribution

Completed PhD Students

Elena Titov Information Structure of Order Alternations
Nikolaos Velegrakis The Syntax of Greek Polydefinites
Marco Tamburelli The Role of Lexical Acquisition in Simultaneous Bilingualism
Hitoshi Shiraki Economy and the Distribution of Reflexives
Eric Mathieu The Syntax of Non-Canonical Quantification: A Comparative Study
Jonathan White An Inquiry into Minimalist Phrase Structure