Mapping Linguistic Data

The White Cat (F. Marc)

Essays in honour of Liliane Haegeman


Liliane Haegeman’s oeuvre is characterised by the aim to advance syntactic theory based on strongly empirically informed research. A special interest of hers is the syntax and morphology of dialects, in particular (West) Flemish. At the same time, Liliane has worked together with an immense number of linguists on phenomena in an even larger number of languages. Her knack for puzzling data and rigid formal analysis have influenced the direction of research for many years. She has shaped (and continues to shape!) the field by her seminal work on verbal syntax, negation, adverbial clauses and main clause phenomena, and many generations of students have grown up on a healthy diet of several editions of the Introduction to Government & Binding Theory and, subsequently, Thinking Syntactically.


With this WebFestschrift, that contains linguistic and non-linguistic contributions, we want to thank Liliane for what she did for us and means to us as her students, colleagues and linguistic friends. We also want to wish her a very happy 65th birthday and a good retirement. Of course, we hope that Liliane will remain active in the field and that she will keep mapping linguistic data and astonish us all.


All the best to you, Liliane, and a very happy birthday!


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Anne Breitbarth
Karen De Clercq