dr. mr. R.J. Allan

dr. mr., M.A. LL.M. PhD.

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I studied Classics at the University of Amsterdam and Comparative Linguistics at Leiden University. I also obtained a law degree. Since my PhD at the University of Amsterdam in 2002, I have been teaching Ancient Greek language and literature at the Free University Amsterdam. I am particularly interested in Cognitive Linguistics, Functional Discourse Grammar and Greek linguistics, especially verbal semantics (tense, aspect, mood, voice), historical linguistics (grammaticalisation), discourse analysis  (particles, word order, text types) and the linguistic aspects of narrative (focalisation, immersion). 

Further academic activities and affiliations

  • Coordinator research group Language of Literature (OIKOS)
  • Chair Disciplinary Team classical languages Masterlanguage
  • Member Editorial Board Amsterdam Studies in Classical Philology (Brill)
  • Member Editorial Board Lampas
  • Member International Comittee Ancient Greek Linguistics (ICAGL)
  • Member Advisory Board Mnemosyne
  • Member Advisory Board HABIS (University of Seville)
  • Member research group Groupe Aspect Grec (INALCO, Paris). 
  • Member of the board of Scholae, a joint initiative of Dutch Universities aimed at educating secondary school classics teachers
  • Member Programmaraad MasterLanguage


I teach on various subjects relating to Greek language and literature. I am currently supervising two PhD projects: Arjan Nijk ("The historical present: the view from Classical Greek") and Joachim Kraaij ("Exposing the Sophistic Fallacy: Plato's Euthydemus. A New Critical Edition with Philological Commentary").

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  • P Language and Literature
  • Linguistics, Functionalism
  • Cognitive Linguistics
  • Historical Linguistics
  • Narratology
  • Discourse Analysis

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pragmatics Social Sciences
Ancient Greek Arts & Humanities
linguistics Social Sciences
Constituent Arts & Humanities
Cognitive Linguistics Arts & Humanities
Immersion Arts & Humanities
Clause Arts & Humanities
Construal Arts & Humanities

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Research Output 1999 2019

Construal and Immersion: A Cognitive Linguistic Approach to Homeric Immersivity

Allan, R. J., 2019, The Routledge Handbook of Classics and Cognitive Theory. Meineck, P., Short, W. M. & Devereaux, J. (eds.). Abingdon/New York: Routlegde, p. 59-78 20 p. (Routledge handbooks).

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Cognitive Linguistics

Tense switching in Classical Greek: A cognitive approach

Nijk, A. A., 2019, 304 p.

Research output: PhD ThesisPhD Thesis - Research VU, graduation VUAcademic

Open Access

Form and Function in Greek Grammar: Linguistic Contributions to the Study of Greek Literature

Rijksbaron, A., Allan, R. (ed.), van Emde Boas, E. (ed.) & Huitink, L. (ed.), Dec 2018, Brill. 446 p. (ASCP; vol. 30)

Research output: Book / ReportBook editingAcademic

Greek Grammar
Greek Literature
Linguistic Analysis
Discourse Analysis

Herodotus and Thucydides: Distance and Immersion

Allan, R. J., Nov 2018, Textual Strategies in Ancient War Narrative: Thermopylae, Cannae and Beyond. van Gils, L., de Jong, I. & Kroon, C. (eds.). Leiden/Boston: Brill, p. 131-154 24 p. (Amsterdam Studies in Classical Philology; vol. 29).

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Ancient Greek Adversative Particles in Contrast

Allan, R. J., 2017, Pragmatic Approaches to Latin and Ancient Greek. Denizot, C. & Spevak, O. (eds.). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, Vol. 190. p. 273 301 p. 13. (Studies in Language Companion Series; vol. 139).

Research output: Chapter in Book / Report / Conference proceedingChapterAcademicpeer-review

Activities 2001 2018

  • 56 Lecture / Presentation
  • 5 Editorial work
  • 3 Membership
  • 1 Conference

In het verleden ondergedompeld. In duik in Herodotus' verteltechnieken

R.J. Allan (Speaker)

Activity: Lecture / PresentationProfessional

Managing Common Ground in Greek Drama. The case of δή and τοι

R.J. Allan (Speaker)

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Negotiating Common Ground in Dramatic Dialogue. The case of δή and τοι

R.J. Allan (Speaker)

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

The Epistemic meaning of ὀφείλω

R.J. Allan (Speaker)
26 Nov 2016

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic