Liliane Haegeman

Liliane Madeleine Victor Haegeman ARB (born 1 July 1954) is a Belgian professor of linguistics at Ghent University.[1][2] She received her Ph.D in English linguistics in 1981 from Ghent University,[2] and has written numerous books and journal articles thereafter. Haegeman is best known for her contributions to the English generative grammar, with her book Introduction to Government and Binding Theory (1991)[3] well established[by whom?] as the most authoritative introduction on the Principles and Parameters approach of generative linguistics.[4][failed verification] She is also acknowledged for her contributions to syntactic cartography, including works on the left periphery of Germanic languages,[5] negation and discourse particles,[6][7] and adverbial clauses.[8][9] As a native speaker of West Flemish, her research has also touched upon the comparative study of English and West Flemish in terms of the subject position and its relation to the clausal structure.[10]

Liliane Haegeman

Born (1954-07-01) 1 July 1954 (age 66)
Knokke, Belgium
Academic background
Alma materGhent University (PhD)
Academic work


Haegeman was made a member of the Royal Academy of Science, Letters and Fine Arts of Belgium (ARB) in 1982 (Dutch: 'Koninklijke Academie voor Wetenschappen, Schone Kunsten en Letteren van België'), and was also made an external member of its Flemish counterpart, the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (KVAB) in 1995. (Dutch: Koninklijke Vlaamse Academie van België voor Wetenschappen en Kunsten). During her teaching period in University of Geneva, she was also awarded the 'Professeur honoraire' in 2000.[2]


Haegeman has held full-time teaching positions between 1984 and 2009, focusing on domains of English and general linguistics, syntactic theory, comparative syntax, historical syntax, and the syntax of Germanic languages.[2] In addition to her current position at Ghent University (2018), she has also taught in University of Geneva (1984–1999) and Université Charles de Gaulle, Lille III (1999–present).[11]



  • Introduction to Government and Binding Theory. Blackwell, 1991.[12]
  • The Syntax of Negation. Cambridge University Press, 1995. (contributors: S. R. Anderson, J. Bresnan, B. Comrie, W. Dressler, C. J. Ewen, R. Huddleston).[6]
  • English Grammar: A Generative Perspective. Wiley, 1999. (co-authored with Jacqueline Gueron).[13]
  • Thinking Syntactically: A Guide to Argumentation and Analysis. Wiley, 2005.[14]
  • Noun Phrase in the Generative Perspective. Mouton de Gruyter, 2007. (co-authored with Artemis Alexiadou and Melita Stavrou).[15]
  • Adverbial Clauses, Main Clause Phenomena, and Composition of the Left Periphery: The Cartography of Syntactic Structures, Volume 8. OUP USA, 2012.[16]

Journal articlesEdit

  • Haegeman, L. and Van Riemsdijk, H. (1986). Verb projections raising, scope and the typology of rules affecting verbs. Linguistic Inquiry: 17 (3), 417-466.
  • Haegeman, L. and Zanuttini, R. (1991). Negative heads and neg criterion. The Linguistic Review: 8 (2-4), 233–252. DOI:
  • Haegeman, L. (2003). Conditional clauses: External and internal syntax. Mind & Language:18 (4), 317 -339. DOI:
  • Haegeman, L. (2006). Conditionals, factives and the left periphery. Lingua: 116 (10), 1651-1669.
  • Haegeman, L. (2010) The internal syntax of adverbial clauses. Lingua: 120 (3), 628-648.
  • Haegeman, L., Ángel, JF., and Andrew, R. (2013). Deconstructing the Subject Condition in terms of cumulative constraint violation. The Linguistics Review: 31(1): 73-150. DOI:
  • Eric, L and Haegeman, L. (2016). The nanosyntax of spatial deixis. Studia Linguistica: 72 (2), 362-427.


  1. ^ "prof. Liliane Haegeman". Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  2. ^ a b c d "Curriculum Vitae of Liliane Haegeman" (PDF). Retrieved 2018-12-21.
  3. ^ V., Haegeman, Liliane M. (1994). Introduction to government and binding theory (2nd ed.). Oxford, UK: B. Blackwell. ISBN 978-0631190677. OCLC 29357626.
  4. ^ "Introduction to Government and Binding Theory, 2nd Edition". Retrieved 2018-12-20.
  5. ^ "Crosslinguistic Research in Syntax and Semantics: Negation, Tense, and Clausal Architecture. Ed. Raffaella Zanuttini, Héctor Campos, Elena Herburger & Paul H. Portner. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2006. 247 pp. $49.95. ISBN 1-58901-080-9". Forum for Modern Language Studies. 43 (1): 97–98. 2007-01-01. doi:10.1093/fmls/cql134. ISSN 1471-6860.
  6. ^ a b V., Haegeman, Liliane M. (1995). The syntax of negation. Cambridge [England]: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0521464925. OCLC 30516830.
  7. ^ Manzini, Maria Rita (2015-12-14), "Italian adverbs and discourse particles", Discourse-oriented Syntax, Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today, 226, John Benjamins Publishing Company, pp. 93–120, doi:10.1075/la.226.05man, ISBN 9789027257093
  8. ^ Haegeman, Liliane (2010). "The internal syntax of adverbial clauses". Lingua. 120 (3): 628–648. doi:10.1016/j.lingua.2008.07.007. hdl:1854/LU-848044. ISSN 0024-3841.
  9. ^ Haegeman, Liliane (2012-10-10), "Main Clause Phenomena and Adverbial Clauses", Adverbial Clauses, Main Clause Phenomena, and the Composition of the Left Periphery, Oxford University Press, pp. 149–194, doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199858774.003.0004, ISBN 9780199858774
  10. ^ "9: Pleonastic Tet In West Flemish And The Cartography Of Subject Positions", Microvariation in Syntactic Doubling, Brill, 2008, pp. 277–300, doi:10.1163/9781848550216_011, ISBN 9781848550216
  11. ^ "Prof. Liliane Haegeman - AcademiaNet". Retrieved 2018-12-21.
  12. ^ Horrocks, Geoffrey (September 1992). "Reviewed Work: Introduction to Government and Binding Theory by Liliane Haegeman". Journal of Linguistics. 28 (2): 567–568. doi:10.1017/S002222670001553X. JSTOR 4176201.
  13. ^ V., Haegeman, Liliane M. (1999). English grammar : a generative perspective. Guéron, Jacqueline. Malden, Mass.: Blackwell Publishers. ISBN 978-0631188384. OCLC 38936589.
  14. ^ V., Haegeman, Liliane M. (2006). Thinking syntactically : a guide to argumentation and analysis. Malden, MA: Blackwell Pub. ISBN 9781405118521. OCLC 59223779.
  15. ^ Artemis., Alexiadou (2007). Noun phrase in the generative perspective. Haegeman, Liliane M. V., Stavrou, Melita. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. ISBN 9783110207491. OCLC 471132663.
  16. ^ V., Haegeman, Liliane M. (2012-10-10). Adverbial clauses, main clause phenomena, and composition of the left periphery. Oxford. ISBN 9780199858781. OCLC 865508564.