I am a post-doctoral researcher at the Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg. I completed my undergraduate studies at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, where I followed a bachelor program in Dutch language and culture, after which I completed a Master in Dutch linguistics as well as a research Master Neurolinguistics and Models of Grammar. I wrote my PhD dissertation on the topic of variation and change in West-Germanic, focusing on the diachronic development of so-called long-distance dependencies. My current research is also in the field of comparative (Germanic) syntax. I am particularly interested in the divide between syntax and processing and more specifically, to which extent syntactic constraints can be reduced to processing constraints and functional explanations. I work on movement dependencies, intervention effects and subject/object asymmetries. I am also interested in syntactic variation in dialects (microvariation) and forensic linguistics.