Peter Ackema


Linguistics and English Language

University of Edinburgh

Dugald Stewart Building

Edinburgh EH8 9AD



Tel. +44 131 6503495

Fax +44 131 6503962

e-mail packema at ling dot ed dot ac dot uk






This academic year (2014-2015), I will be Course Organiser for LEL 2E: Structure and History of European Languages and for Morphology, besides teaching a number of lectures in LEL 2A:Linguistic Theory and the Structure of English and LEL 2D: Cross-linguistic Variation: Limits and Theories. You can find more information about these courses at their respective Learn pages and the course handbooks on the LEL departmental web pages (homepage at, but if there is anything you would like to know that is not answered there just send me an e-mail at the address above.


I am also LEL's QAE officer and convener of the Staff-Student Liaison Committee, so if there is an issue you would like to see discussed at the SSLC let me know.



Personal Tutor


If you want to make an appointment with me as your Personal Tutor, the easiest way to arrange a meeting time is by sending me an e-mail at the address mentioned above (rather than using the 'request a meeting' facility in Euclid). It will usually be possible to meet at short notice.





My work is in the area of theoretical syntax and morphology. I am especially interested in topics that concern the interaction between these two modules of grammar, such as agreement, incorporation, correlations between the inflectional make-up of a language and its syntactic behaviour (e.g. pro drop, verb movement), lexical integrity effects, and phrasal derivation. A lot of this work is focused on Dutch and other Germanic languages, but not exclusively so. A complete list of publications can be found here. Some pre-publication versions of papers can be accessed via my 'Edinburgh Research Explorer' page, which is here.

Currently, my research focuses in particular on a Leverhulme research project 'The Grammar of Person', a collaboration with Ad Neeleman of UCL. The aim of this project is to develop an integrated theory of the morphology, syntax and semantics of the category 'person' in natural language.