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Johanneke Sytsema

PhD Free University, Amsterdam


Dr Johanneke Sytsema has an MA in German and a PhD in Old Frisian. She is especially interested in historical and comparative Germanic Linguistics, with a focus on Middle Dutch, Old Frisian, phonology and morphology. She has diplomatically edited two Oxford-based manuscripts, Codex Unia, an Old Frisian legal text for the Frisian Academy, and the Middle Dutch ms Marshall 29 which was an AHRC-funded project. Currently she is a Researcher at the Faculty of Linguistics, Comparative Philology and Phonetics.


Johanneke teaches Linguistics at all stages of the undergraduate course, covering the General Linguistics, Grammar and Historical Linguistics papers. She also teaches Old Frisian as a paper XII Special Subject for Finals. As a part of her current research, Johanneke is looking at rhyme in Middle Dutch poetry in order to explore the phonology and morphology of the language. She enjoys contact with students both through her teaching and through responsibility for the linguistics collections in the Taylorian and Bodleian Libraries. 

Recent Publications

Lahiri, Aditi & Johanneke Sytsema. Cliticisation in Middle Dutch. (under review)

Sytsema, Johanneke & Aditi Lahiri. Open syllable lengthening in Middle Dutch: Evidence from verse. Journal of Germanic Linguistics. (Accepted)

Sytsema, Johanneke (2015) Diplomatic textedition of ms Marshall 29 (Bodleian Library, Oxford).

Sytsema, Johanneke, Janet Grijzenhout and Aditi Lahiri (2014). Middle Dutch Back Vowels in Rhymes. Journal of Comparative Germanic Linguistics 17/2: 157-183.

Sytsema, Johanneke (2014). Codex Unia: edition and reconstruction. Amsterdamer Beiträge zur älteren Germanistik 73: 497-526.

Sytsema, Johanneke (2012). Diplomatyske Utjefte Kodeks Unia (Diplomatic edtion of Codex Unia).