Toon Van Hal

Toon Van Hal (°1981) studied classics, oriental studies and history at the universities of Leuven, Tübingen, Louvain-la-Neuve and Antwerp. In 2008, he obtained a PhD in linguistics. His research mainly focuses on the views on language diversity and similarity of 16th through 18th century scholars and missionaries. Special interest is given to the emergence and early evolution of some key notions in linguistic thought. Since 2012 he is BOF-ZAP research professor (tenure track) at the University of Leuven.

Selective bibliography

  • Van Hal, Toon. 2010. 'Moedertalen en taalmoeders'. Het vroegmoderne taalvergelijkende onderzoek in de Lage Landen. Verhandelingen Nieuwe Reeks 20. Brussel: Koninklijke Vlaamse Academie voor Wetenschappen en Kunsten.
  • Van Hal, Toon. 2013-2014. “From Alauda to Zythus. Collecting and interpreting Old-Gaulish words in Early Modern Europe.” Keltische Forschungen 6, 219–277.
  • Frederickx, Eddy & Toon Van Hal. 2015. Johannes Goropius Becanus (1519-1573). Brabants arts en taalfanaat. Hilversum: Verloren.
  • Van Hal, Toon. 2013. “Génie de La Langue: The Genesis and Early Career of a Key Notion in Early Modern European Learning.” Language & History 56 (2): 80–96. [Vivien Law Prize 2012 (Henry Sweet Society)]
  • Van Hal, Toon, and Christophe Vielle, ed. 2013. Grammatica Grandonica. The Sanskrit Grammar of Johann Ernst Hanxleden S.J. (1681-1732). Potsdam: Potsdam Universitätsverlag. opus.kobv.de/ubp/volltexte/2013/6321. [Prize Colette Caillat 2013 (Institut de France)]

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