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 (2018-2019), I will be Course Organiser for LEL 2E: Structure and History of European Languages and for Morphology. I will also teach the morphology and syntax modules in Linguistics and English Language 1A. More information about these courses can be found 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.



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 normally 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.