Cornelis Henricus Maria "Kees" Versteegh (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkeːs fərˈsteːx];[a] born 1947) is a Dutch academic linguist. He served as a professor of Islamic studies and the Arabic language at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands until April 2011.
Versteegh graduated from Radboud University in 1977, the subject of his doctoral dissertation having been the influence of Greek on Arabic. He was a lecturer in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies until 1987, when he took a position at the Netherlands Institute in Cairo for two years. Versteegh returned to Radboud in 1989, and in 2011 he became professor emeritus. Versteegh's research and views on the Arabic language and its evolution have been described as groundbreaking.
- In isolation, Versteegh is pronounced [vərˈsteːx].
- Biographical note to Versteegh's Encyclopedia of Arabic Language and Linguistics at Brill Online.
- Kees Versteegh at Alibris.
- Adrian Gully, Grammar and Semantics in Medieval Arabic, Acknowledgements pg. vii. Richmond: Curzon Press Ltd., 1995. ISBN 0700703020
- Thomas A. Leddy-Cecere, Contact, Restructuring and Decreolization: The Case of Tunisian Arabic, pg. 5. Senior honors thesis, University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Languages and Literature, 2010.