Fotograaf: Eduard Lampe

mw. prof. dr. A.C.J. (Aafke) Hulk

Franse taalkunde
  • Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
    Capaciteitsgroep Nederlandse Taalkunde
  • Bezoekadres
    P.C. Hoofthuis
    Spuistraat 134  Amsterdam
  • Postadres:
    Spuistraat  134
    1012 VB  Amsterdam

Aafke Hulk studied French language and literature at the University of Utrecht, where she obtained her doctorate in 1982. During and after completing her doctorate research she worked as an assistant, later associate professor at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, until her appointment as full professor of French linguistics at the University of Amsterdam in 1990. In 1999 she became member of the governing board of NWO for a period of 5 years. In 2002 she left Amsterdam and moved to Utrecht University where she occupied a chair in Romance linguistics. In September 2003 she returned to the University of Amsterdam where she became dean of the faculty of Humanities. From February 2008 untill August 2010, she was guest-researcher at the Meertens institute, as collaborator and supervisor of  an international, NWO funded project on Early successive bilingualism.  From August 2010 untill December 2013 she was rector of  the Netherland Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences, a research institute of the Royal Academy, in Wassenaar. From 2014 onwards, she combines her (parttime)  professorship at the University of Amsterdam with several  supervisory/non-executive board memberships and continues her international research on bilingualism, while being also active as member/ chair of committees involved with the selection, funding and organisation of academic research.

Her main research interests are
-bilingualism  in young children and heritage speakers
-L1, L2 and L3 acquisition of Romance and Germanic syntax
-interaction between linguistic theory and language acquisition


  • Berends, S., Hulk, A., & Sleeman, P. (2016). The emergence of the pronouns Dutch er and French en in child L1 and the role of complexity. Language Sciences. DOI: 10.1016/j.langsci.2016.10.001 [details]
  • van Koert, M. J. H., Koeneman, O. N. C. J., Hulk, A. C. J., & Weerman, F. P. (2016). Revisiting Binding in Turkish-Dutch Bilingual Children: Comprehension and Production. In D. Stringer, J. Garret, B. Halloran, & S. Mossman (Eds.), Proceedings of the 13th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition Conference (GASLA 2015). (pp. 80-94). Somerville, MA, USA: Cascadilla. [details]


  • van Koert, M., Hulk, A., Koeneman, O., & Weerman, F. (2015). How Dutch Children Preferably Interpret Elk and how English Children Preferably Understand Every. Boston University Conference on Language Development. Proceedings, 39, 289-300. [details]
  • van Koert, M., Koeneman, O., Weerman, F., & Hulk, A. (2015). The quantificational asymmetry: A comparative look. Lingua, 155, 140-153. DOI: 10.1016/j.lingua.2014.03.009 [details]


  • van Osch, B., Hulk, A., Sleeman, P., & Irizarri van Suchtelen, P. (2014). Gender agreement in interface contexts in the oral production of heritage speakers of Spanish in the Netherlands. AVT Publications, 31, 93-106. DOI: 10.1075/avt.31.08osc [details]
  • Unsworth, S., Argyri, F., Cornips, L., Hulk, A., Sorace, A., & Tsimpli, I. (2014). The role of age of onset and input in early child bilingualism in Greek and Dutch. Applied Psycholinguistics, 35(4), 765-805. DOI: 10.1017/S0142716412000574 [details]


  • Sleeman, P., & Hulk, A. (2013). L1 acquisition of noun ellipsis in French and in Dutch: Consequences for linguistic theory. Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory, 5, 249-266. DOI: 10.1075/rllt.5.12sle [details] [PDF]
  • Cornips, L., & Hulk, A. (2013). Late language acquisition and identity construction: variation in use of the Dutch definite determiners DE and HET. Studies in Language Variation, 14, 57-68. DOI: 10.1075/silv.14.04cor [details]
  • Tsimpli, I. M., & Hulk, A. (2013). Grammatical gender and the notion of default: insights from language acquisition. Lingua, 137, 128-144. DOI: 10.1016/j.lingua.2013.09.001 [details]


  • Keij, B., Cornips, L., van Hout, R., Hulk, A., & van Emmerik, J. (2012). Knowing versus producing: the acquisition of grammatical gender and the definite determiner in Dutch by L1-TD, L1-SLI, and eL2 children. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism, 2(4), 379-403. DOI: 10.1075/lab.2.4.02kei [details]


  • Unsworth, S., Argyri, F., Cornips, L., Hulk, A., Sorace, A., & Tsimpli, I. (2011). On the role of age of onset and input in early child bilingualism in Greek and Dutch. In M. Pirvulescu, M. C. Cuervo, J. Steele, A. T. Pérez-Leroux, & N. Strik (Eds.), Selected proceedings of the 4th Conference on Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition North America: GALANA 2010. (pp. 249-265). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project. [details]
  • Unsworth, S., Hulk, A., & Marinis, T. (2011). Internal and external factors in child second language acquisition: introduction. Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism, 1(3), 207-212. DOI: 10.1075/lab.1.3.00int [details]


  • Hulk, A., & Unsworth, S. (2010). Bilingualism as a kind of therapy? Applied Psycholinguistics, 31(2), 297-303. DOI: 10.1017/S0142716409990452 [details]
  • Hulk, A., & Cornips, L. (2010). The role of gender and count features in the acquisition of 'het' as a pronoun: similarities and differences with its acquisition as a determiner. In J. Costa, A. Castro, M. Lobo, & F. Pratas (Eds.), Language acquisition and development: proceedings of GALA 2009. (pp. 229-239). Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars. [details] [PDF]
  • Hulk, A., & van der Linden, E. (2010). How vulnerable is gender? In P. Guijarro-Fuentes, & L. Domínguez (Eds.), New directions in language acquisition: Romance languages in the generative perspective. (pp. 107-132). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars. [details]
  • Unsworth, S., & Hulk, A. (2010). L1 acquisition of neuter gender in Dutch: production and judgement. In J. Costa, A. Castro, M. Lobo, & F. Pratas (Eds.), Language acquisition and development: proceedings of GALA 2009. (pp. 483-492). Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars. [details] [PDF]


  • Roodenburg, J., & Hulk, A. (2009). "Gender" puzzels. Taal en tongval. Themanummer, 22, 143-164. [details]
  • Unsworth, S., & Hulk, A. (2009). Early successive bilingualism: disentangling the relevant factors. Die Sprache, 28(1), 69-77. DOI: 10.1515/ZFSW.2009.008 [details]


  • Cornips, L., & Hulk, A. (2008). Factors of success and failure in the acquisition of grammatical gender in Dutch. Second Language Research, 24(3), 267-295. DOI: 10.1177/0267658308090182 [details]
  • Roodenburg, J., & Hulk, A. (2008). Puzzles on grammatical gender. Lingue e Linguaggio, 7(1), 67-92. DOI: 10.1418/26710 [details]
  • Brouwer, S., Cornips, L., & Hulk, A. (2008). Misrepresentation of Dutch neuter gender in older bilingual children? In B. Hazdenar, & E. Gavruseva (Eds.), Current trends in child second language acquisition: a generative perspective. (pp. 83-96). (Language Acquisition and Language Disorders; No. 46). [details]


  • Hulk, A. C. J. (2007). Deviance in early child bilingualism. In J. Camacho, N. Flores-Ferrán, L. Sánchez, V. Déprez, & M. J. Cabrera (Eds.), Romance Linguistics 2006. Selected papers from the 26th Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL). (pp. 177-198). Amsterdam: Benjamins. [details] [PDF]
  • Notley, A., van der Linden, E. H., & Hulk, A. C. J. (2007). Cross-linguistic influence in bilingual children: the case of dislocation. In S. Baauw, F. Drijkoningen, & M. Pinto (Eds.), Romance Language and Linguistic Theory 2005, Selected papers from 'Going Romance', Utrecht, 8-10 dec. 2005. (pp. 229-259). (Current Issues in Linguistic Theory; No. 291). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. [details] [PDF]


  • Cornips, L., & Hulk, A. C. J. (2006). External and Internal Factors in Bilingual and Bidialectal Language Development: Grammatical Gender of the Dutch Definite Determiner. In C. Lefebvre, L. White, & C. Jourdan (Eds.), L2 Acquisition and Creole Genesis. Dialogues. (pp. 355-378). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: Benjamins. [details] [PDF]
  • Hulk, A. C. J., & Cornips, L. (2006). Between 2L1- and child L2 acquisition: an experimental study of bilingual Dutch. In C. Lleó (Ed.), Interfaces in multilingualism. (pp. 115-138). (Hamburg Studies on Multilingualism; No. 4). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: Benjamins. [details]
  • Hulk, A. C. J., & Cornips, L. (2006). Neuter gender and interface vulnerability in child L2/2L1 Dutch. In S. Unsworth, T. Parodi, A. Sorace, & M. Young-Scholten (Eds.), Paths of Development in L1and L2 acquisition. (pp. 107-134). (Language Acquisition & Language Disorders; No. 39). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: Benjamins. [details] [PDF]


  • van Koert, M., Hulk, A., Koeneman, O., & Weerman, F. (2013). How do Turkish-Dutch Bilingual Children Interpret Pronouns and Reflexives in Dutch? In J. Cabrelli Amaro, T. Judy, & D. Pascual y Cabo (Eds.), Proceedings of the 12th Generative Approaches to Second Language Acquisition Conference: GASLA 2013. (pp. 85-99). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project. [details]


  • van der Linden, E., & Hulk, A. (2009). The vulnerability of gender on determiners in L1, 2L1 and L2 acquisition. University of Bucharest Review, 11(2), 97-107. [details]


  • Hulk, A., & van der Linden, E. (2009). L'acquisition du genre chez les enfants bilingues et le rôle de l'autre langue. In P. Bernardini, V. Egerland, & J. Granfeldt (Eds.), Mélanges plurilingues offerts à Suzanne Schlyter à l'occasion de son 65ème anniversaire. (pp. 147-160). (Etudes romanes de Lund; No. 85). Lund: Lunds universitet. Språk- och litteraturcentrum. Romanska. [details] [PDF]
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