Raf Van Rooy

Raf Van Rooy (°1990) obtained Bachelor's degrees in Classics (July 2011 - Leuven & Thessaloniki) and History (September 2017 - Leuven) and several Master's degrees (Classics, General Linguistics [both July 2012 - Leuven], Classics with additional courses on ancient Indo-European languages [June 2013 - Louvain-la-Neuve] & History [September 2018 - Ghent]). In 2013, the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO) granted him a PhD fellowship, which allowed him to conduct the research project presented here. He obtained the degree of PhD in linguistics in May 2017 and is currently working as a senior postdoctoral scholar at KU Leuven.

Selective bibliography

  • Van Rooy, Raf. 2013. “‘Πóθεν oὖν ἡ τoσαύτη διαφωνíα;’ Greek patristic authors discussing linguistic origin, diversity, change and kinship.” Beiträge zur Geschichte der Sprachwissenschaft 23 (1): 21–54.
  • Van Rooy, Raf. 2016. “‘What is a “dialect”?’ Some new perspectives on the history of the term διάλεκτος and its interpretations in ancient Greece and Byzantium.” Glotta 92: 244–279.
  • Van Rooy, Raf, ed. 2020. Essays in the history of dialect studies: From ancient Greece to modern dialectology. Münster: Nodus.
  • Van Rooy, Raf. 2020. Greece’s labyrinth of language: A study in the early modern discovery of dialect diversity. History and Philosophy of the Language Sciences 2. Berlin: Language Science Press. Open access.
  • Van Rooy, Raf. 2020. Language or dialect? The history of a conceptual pair. Oxford: Oxford University Press.


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