Karen De Clercq


Contact information

LLF, CNRS – UMR 7110
Université de Paris
Case 7031 – 5, rue Thomas Mann,
75205 Paris cedex 13


personal webpage LLF

Research interests

I am interested in the study of language(s) in general and in the syntax and semantics of negation, quantification and the TAM-domain in particular. I obtained my doctoral degree at Ghent University on 13 December 2013 and recently published a monograph on my negation work The morphosyntax of negative markers. A nanosyntactic account. (Mouton de Gruyter). I am currently working as a CNRS researcher at the Laboratoire de Linguistique Formelle (Université de Paris 7),  investigating the interaction between negation and TAM-morphology. 


    Papers (for an updated list of pubs see: personal webpage LLF)


    • with Caha, Pavel and Vanden Wyngaerd, Guido. On the difference between a √ and a root.

    To appear

    • Tense and sentential negation: a typological study. Linguistics in the Netherlands.
    • with Liliane Haegeman. Invariant die and adverbial resumption in the Ghent dialect. 
    • with Gert De Sutter. De verwerving van de groene en rode woordvolgorde in Vlaanderen. Een descriptieve, methodologische en theoretische aanvulling bij Meyer & Weerman (2016) Nederlandse taalkunde

    Published papers

    • 2020. Negation in Morphology. In Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Linguistics, Oxford University Press. 
    • 2020. Types of negation In: Viviane Déprez and M. Terese Espinal. The Oxford Handbook of Negation, Oxford University Press. 
    • 2019. with  Guido Vanden Wyngaerd. Negative intervention in Dutch evaluative adverbs. RGG.
    • 2019. with Vanden Wyngaerd, Guido.  On the idiomatic nature of unproductive morphology. In Linguistics in the Netherlands. Janine Berns & Elena Tribushinina (eds.). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, pp 99-114.

    • 2019. French negation and Feature Conservation. to appear. In: Breitbarth et al. Cycles in Language Change, Oxford University Press, pp 199-227.
    • 2019. with Bar-Asher Siegal, Elitzur. to appear. From negative cleft to external negator In: Breitbarth et al. Cycles in Language Change, Oxford University Press, pp 228-248.
    • 2019. Caha, Pavel; De Clercq, Karen and Guido Vanden Wyngaerd. "The Fine Structure of the Comparative". Studia Linguistica 73 (3): 470-521. https://doi.org/10.1111/stul.12107
    • 2018. with Vanden Wyngaerd, Guido. Unmerging analytic comparatives. In Jezikoslovlje 19 (3): 341-363, Special Issue. Lanko Marusic and Jana Willer-Gold (eds.).
    • 2018. with Haegeman, Liliane. The typology of V2 and the distribution of pleonastic DIE in the Ghent dialect. Front. Psychol. 9:1342.

      doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01342

    • 2018. with Vanden Wyngaerd, Guido. Gelukkige verjaardag! (Online contribution to a Festschrift in honour of Michal Starke's 50th birthday) In: Caha, Pavel; De Clercq, Karen and Vanden Wyngaerd, Guido. The Unpublished Manuscript. 

    (all downloadable papers are pre-final versions)


    • 2020. The morphosyntax of negative markers. A nanosyntactic account. Mouton de Gruyter. 

    Edited Volumes 

    • with Baǧriaçik, Metin and Breitbarth, Anne. Mapping Linguistic data. Essays in honour of Liliane Haegeman. www.haegeman.ugent.be 
    • with Caha, Pavel; Vanden Wyngaerd, Guido. 2018. The Unplubished Manuscript. http://lingbuzz.auf.net/lingbuzz/003993
    •  with Baunaz, Lena; Lander, Eric and Haegeman, Liliane. 2018. Exploring Nanosyntax. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
    • with Breitbarth, Anne and Haegeman, Liliane. May 2013. Polarity Emphasis. Lingua Special Issue. 

    Stays abroad 

    • November 2019. Erasmus+ Teaching mobility: one week Nanosyntax course at Université de Genève, Switzerland

    • 23 April-15 May 2019: Invited Research at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic (host: Pavel Caha).
    • 10 September - 28 September: Invited Researcher on the project The Syntax of Swedish Negation  at Göteborg University (host: Henrik Rosenkvist)
    • 1 April- 30 June 2016: Postdoctoral Research stay at Leipzig University as a member of Martin Haspelmath's research team. (with grant for a long stay abroad from FWO, cf. below)
    • January-April 2012: Visiting Junior Specialist at the Linguistics Research Center at University of California Santa Cruz.
    • September 2001 - July 2002: Erasmus student at Humboldt University Berlin.


    • declined: Humboldt grant for senior researchers, 1y6months (awarded November 2019)
    • FWO Senior Postdoctoral Fellowship, 3 years, terminated before end (October 2019-2022)
    • FWO Junior Postdoctoral Fellowship, 3 years + 1 year extension (October 2015-September 2019)
    • FWO travel grant for long stay abroad (3 months, Leipzig University, 2016)


    Conference and workshop presentations (based on anonymously reviewed abstracts)

    • De Clercq, Karen. Solving a Korean locality paradox, BCGL 12: Suppletion, allomorphy and syncretism. KU Leuven, Campus Brussels, Brussels. 16-17 December 2019. 
    • with Caha Pavel, De Clercq, Karen, Starke Michal and Vanden Wyngaerd Guido. How to be positive. Talk at Generative Linguistics in the Old World (GLOW 42), Oslo Universitet, Oslo. 7- 11 May. 2019.
    • De Clercq Karen and Vanden Wyngaerd, Guido. On the idiomatic nature of unproductive morphology. Grote Taaldag, 2 February 2019. Utrecht University, Utrecht. 2019.
    • De Clercq, Karen en Haegeman, Liliane. DIE second root clauses in the Ghent dialect. LAGB 2018. University of Kent. (Canterbury, 11-14 September 2018).
    • De Clercq, Karen. The internal syntax of Q-words. GLOW 41. (Budapest,  11 April 2018).

    • De Clercq Karen en Haegeman, Liliane. DIE second root clauses in the Ghent dialect. (2nd alternate talk/poster).  GLOW 41. (Budapest,  12 April 2018).

    • with Vanden Wyngaerd, Guido. The word-morpheme distinction, an epiphenomenon?  Workshop: What is a word? University of Zürich (Zürich, 14-15 Dec 2017).
    • Neg in few/little. Poster. SinFoNIJA 10. University of Dubrovnik (Dubrovnik,  23-24 Oct 2017). 
    • with Vanden Wyngaerd, Guido. Reinterpreting the root suppletion generalisation. SinFoNIJA 10. University of Dubrovnik ( Dubrovnik, , 23-24 Oct 2017).
    • The internal syntax of many/much and few/little. CGSW 32. NTNU (Trondheim, 13-15 Sept 2017).
    • with Bar-Asher Siegal, Elitzur. Negative clefts breaking into the domain of standard negation: Eastern Aramaic lāw and Sicilian neca. The Negative Existential Cycle from a historical-comparative perspective. Stockholm University. (Stockholm, 4-5 May 2017)

    • A Constraint on Double Negation. with Vanden Wyngaerd Guido. (Poster) The Word and the Morpheme. Humboldt University. (Berlin, 22-24 sept 2016)
    • Decomposing Korean mos and molu: evidence from syncretisms. SinFonIJA 9, Masaryk University. (Brno, 15-17 Sept 2016)

    • Adjectives and the ban on double negation. with Vanden Wyngaerd, Guido. SinFonIJA 9, Masaryk University. (Brno, 15-17 Sept 2016)

    • A constraint on double negation.  with Vanden Wyngaerd, Guido.  West Coast Conference of Formal Linguistics 34. Poster. (Utah, US, 29 April – 1 May 2016).

    •  The development of an external negator: the Eastern Aramaic negative polarity particle lāw. with Bar-Asher Siegal, Elitzur. Diachronic Generative Syntax 18, Ghent University (Ghent, 29 June -1 July 2016)

    • Feature Conservation: French Negation Revisited.  Diachronic Generative Syntax 18, Ghent University (Ghent, 29 June -1 July 2016)

    • The internal structure of negative morphemes. Poster. Mediterranean Morphology Meeting 10. Haifa University.(Haifa, Israel, 7-10 September 2015).
    • A Unified Syntax of Negation. New Directions in Negation and Polarity. Jerusalem Syntax and Semantics 2015. Hebrew University of Jerusalem. (Jerusalem, 8-10 February 2015).
    • The upward path of negation. Comparative Germanic Syntax Workshop 28. University of  Leipzig. (Leipzig, 4-5 October 2013).
    • The nanosyntax of negation. Decennium: The First Ten years of CASTL.  (Tromso, September 12-14 2012) (poster presentation).  
    • Getting a grip on sentence negation. 45th Annual meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea. University of Stockholm. (Stockholm, 29 August-2 September 2012). 
    • No/nothing and SQUAT: syntactic negation vs. negative scope.  44th Annual meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea. Universidad de la Rioja (Logroño, 8-11 September 2011).
    • Clause Internal scrambling in English and the distribution of PP and DP-adjuncts.  with Haegeman, Liliane and Lohndal, Terje. LAGB-conference. University of Manchester (Manchester, 7-10 September 2011).
    • Negative PP-adjuncts and Scope. ConSOLE XIX. Groningen University (Groningen, 5-8 January 2011).
    • Neg-shift in English. Evidence from PP-adjuncts. SICOGG XII. Konkuk University (Seoul, South Korea, 17-20 August 2010).
    • Neg-shift in English. Evidence from PP-adjuncts. Tabu-dag. Groningen University (Groningen, 3-4 June 2010) (poster presentation). 
    • No in PPs. Evidence for Neg-shift in English. 5th Newcastle Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics. Newcastle University (Newcastle, UK, 23 March 2010).

    Invited talks

    • De Clercq, Karen. Honorific and negative portmanteaus in Korean. Workshop on Connecting roots and affixes,  Masaryk University, Brno. (May 13- 14 2019) 

    • De Clercq, Karen . What is nanosyntax? Göteborgs Universität (Göteborg, 19 September 2018).
    • De Clercq, Karen. The nanosyntax of negative markers. Göteborgs Universität (Göteborg, 13 September 2018).
    • De Clercq, Karen and Haegeman, Liliane. "Unmerging analytic comparatives", Workshop on Shrinking Trees in Morphology,  27 April 2018, IGRA, Leipzig University, Leipzig.

    • The nanosyntax of negative markers.  Masaryk University (Brno 17 May 2017).
    • Degree morphology in Czech and Latin. Masaryk University (Brno 16 May 2017).
    • The internal structure of quantifiers. Mini-workshop on negative quantification. Goethe Uni Frankfurt. (Frankfurt-am-Main, 1 June 2016).
    • The negation continuum. Colloquium. Goethe Uni Frankfurt. (Frankfurt-am-Main, 31 May 2016).
    • Respons op Vincent van Heuven: Prosodie en zinsbouw. http://www.meertens.knaw.nl/dagnederlandsezinsbouw/?page_id=15 Dag van de Nederlandse Zinsbouw, Radboud Universiteit. (Nijmegen, 20 November 2015).

    Other talks

    • De Clercq, Karen. “De echo van diepe dialectkenmerken in de informele standaardtaal: Het Gentse die”. Alumni-day. Ghent University. Belgium.
    • with Haegeman,  Liliane. Adverbial Resumptive DIE in the Ghent Dialect. The 2nd International Workshop on Syntactic Cartography (IWSC)  (Beijing, 28-29 Oct 2017)
    • with Haegeman, Liliane. The typology of V2 and the distribution of die in the Ghent dialect. Workshop V3 and resumptive adverbials.  Ghent University (Ghent, 5-6 Oct 2017).
    • Decomposing vague quantifiers. Tin-dag, Utrecht University (Utrecht, 4 February 2017).
    • with Vanden Wyngaerd, Guido. Comparative root suppletion: DM vs. Nanosyntax.  Tin-dag, Utrecht University (4 February 2017).
    • with Vanden Wyngaerd, Guido. Adjectives and negation. Deriving contrariety from contradiction. BKL meeting, University of Antwerp (Antwerp, 6 May 2017).

    • with Vanden Wyngaerd, Guido. Adjectives and negation. Deriving contrariety from contradiction.  ComFort meeting, KU Leuven (Leuven, 25 April 2017).

    • The internal structure of FEW/MANY: Cross-linguistic explorations. IGRA-kolloquium. Universität Leipzig (Leipzig, 25 May 2016.)
    • Negative adjectives: Evidence from Czech. with Vanden Wyngaerd, Guido. Spring Meeting of the Belgian Society of Linguistics (Louvain-la-Neuve, 13 May 2016).

    • Typologie, syncretisms and nanosyntax in the analysis of negation. Diversity Linguistics Seminar. Leipzig University (Leipzig, 12 May 2016).
    • Negative Adjectives: Evidence from Czech. with Vanden Wyngard, Guido. KrowFest, celebrating Koen Roelandt's defense. KU Leuven Campus Brussels (Brussels, 1 April 2016).
    • A Puzzle in Gradable Adjectives. with Vanden Wyngaerd, Guido. Taaldag van de Belgische Kring voor Linguïstiek. Université Libre de Belgique (Brussels, 9 May 2015)
    • Getting a grip on sentence negation. Ad hoc workshop on negation. Organized by Donka Farkas.  University of California Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, 27 February 2012). USA.
    • The nanosyntax of negation. Syntax‐circle talk. University of California Santa Cruz. (Santa Cruz, 16 April 2012, USA)
    • Squat, zero and no/nothing: negative polarity vs. negative scope. GIST 3: Cartographic Structures and Beyond.  UGent (Ghent, 12-13 May 2011). 
    • No/nothing and squat: syntactic negation vs. negative scope. Taalkunde in Nederland-dag 2011. Utrecht University (Utrecht, 5 February 2011).
    • No in PP-adjuncts. Evidence for Neg-shift in English. Taaldag van de Belgische Kring voor Linguïstiek. Université Libre de Belgique. (Brussels, 8 May 2010).
    • No in PPs. Taalkunde In Nederland-dag 2010. Utrecht University (Utrecht, 6 February 2010). 
    • The syntax of no in PPs. Syntax I workshop University College Brussels (Brussels, 28 January 2010).

    Curriculum Vitae

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