dr. Gea Dreschler


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I work as an assistant professor of English linguistics within the Department of Language, Literature & Communication. I am also programme manager for the English courses and the Writing Centre of the Academic Language Programme (ALP) of the Faculty of Humanities.


I teach courses within our own department for students of CIS and L&S, at a Bachelor and Master level. In addition, I teach and/or coordinate a range of courses on academic grammar and writing for students across the university. This includes the University Minor in English, which I coordinate, and courses for the Academic Language Programme. I am also involved in the GMAT preparation course offered by the School of Business and Economics.

I supervise students from the Master CIW: Schrijven & Vertalen, on topics ranging from translation, clickbait, metadiscourse, contrastive Dutch-English writing, and academic writing in English by Dutch students.  


My research interests include syntax, information structure, language change and contrastive Dutch-English linguistics. In my PhD thesis, I investigated the introduction of unusual types of passives in fourteenth-century English and the interaction between this development and the loss of verb second. Most of my current research can be summarized as work on unusual types of subjects and subjects in unusual places. Unusual subjects are subjects that are not animate and agentive, as in middles – she photographs well – and so-called permissive subjects – the tent sleeps four people. In my most recent paper I investigated the historical development of these permissive subjects. Subjects in unusual places are sentences such as Into the room stepped a tall, handsome man, where the subject follows the verb, going against general word order principles in English. I investigate the history of this word order pattern as member of the Scientific Network ‘Non-canonical Syntax in English’, funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).


  • PhD in English Linguistics, Radboud University Nijmegen, 2015
  • MPhil in Linguistics, Leiden University, 2008
  • BA in English Language and Culture, Leiden University, 2007

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Research Output 2010 2019

Changes in argument structure: The case of Dutch vernieuwen

Dreschler, G., 5 Nov 2019, In : Linguistics in the Netherlands. 36, 1, p. 115-129 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Grammatical Subject

English Language (sections on morphology and syntax)

Dreschler, G. & Gregersen, S., 2019, In : The Year's Work in English Studies. 98, p. 23-44

Research output: Contribution to JournalBook/Film/Article reviewAcademic

Open Access

English Language (sections on morphology and syntax)

Dreschler, G. A. & Gregersen, S., 29 Oct 2018, In : The Year's Work in English Studies. 97, 1, p. 39-58 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalBook/Film/Article reviewAcademic

English Language (sections on morphology and syntax)

Wallage, P. & Dreschler, G. A., 3 May 2017, In : The Year's Work in English Studies. 96, 1, p. 11-23 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalBook/Film/Article reviewAcademic

Activities 2016 2019

  • 14 Lecture / Presentation
  • 1 Expert meeting

Digital individual support for writing skills across the disciplines

Gea Dreschler (Speaker), Margreet Onrust (Speaker), Nel de Jong (Speaker)
4 Jul 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Identifying late subjects in Old and Middle English: what are reliable diagnostics?

Gea Dreschler (Speaker)
18 May 201919 May 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

‘Uw fietsenstalling verbetert’: New middles in Dutch?

Gea Dreschler (Speaker)
2 Feb 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Locative inversion in the history of English

Gea Dreschler (Speaker)
23 Oct 2019

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Press / Media

Talen leren met Netflix

Gea Dreschler


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Expert Comment