UCL Psychology and Language Sciences

Prof Ad Neeleman

Prof Ad Neeleman

Professor of Linguistics


Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences

Joined UCL
15th Sep 1997

Research summary

My research explores the nature of the human language faculty. It has two main strands. One concerns theoretical syntax, and in particular the question of how the human language faculty encodes grammatical dependencies (relations between words or groups of words, such as 'subject of', 'object of', and so on). The other strand concerns the interaction between syntax and the systems with which the syntax interfaces (phonology and semantics). Issues I have worked on in this area include the status of word formation, the effects of stress assignment on word order and on interpretation, and semantic restrictions on the stacking of degree expressions.

Teaching summary

I teach undergraduate as well as postgraduate courses in linguistics. These deal mainly with issues in theoretical and comparative syntax. I also supervise PhD students working on problems in this area or in the relation between syntax and syntax-external systems.

I  received a Faculty of Life Sciences Teaching Award in 2006 and was nominated for a UCL Student Choice Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2016.


Universiteit Utrecht
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 1994
Universiteit Utrecht
Other higher degree, Master of Arts | 1989
Konigin Wilhelmina College
Other qualifications at first-degree level (including professional), Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderwijs | 1984