Welcome to my professional website. I am Emeritus Professor of Functional Linguistics at VU Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
I am active as a Consultant in Languages and Linguistics, with over 40 years of experience behind me. My skills and expertise are primarily in European languages, with a specialization in English linguistics; I am fluent in several European languages. I take a functionalist approach; that is, I am convinced that the structure of languages is adapted to their primary purpose, communication between human beings.