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Dr. Alice ter Meulen is Professor of Linguistics at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Groningen (RuG) in the Netherlands, a Member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), and serves in the Governing Board of the Dutch National Science Foundation (NWO), where she chairs its Finance Committee.

Dr. ter Meulen received an MA in 1976 cum laude from the University of Amsterdam both in Philosophy and in Linguistics. Four years later she received her PhD at Stanford University, Palo Alto (USA) with a dissertation in Philosophy of Language.

After her graduate studies she held a post-doctorate position at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, and the University of Groningen (Netherlands) and later joined the department of Linguistics at the University of Washington, Seattle (USA). In 1989 Dr. ter Meulen was appointed Associate Professor of Philosophy and Linguistics at Indiana University, Bloomington (USA) and full Professor in 1996.

Two years later she was appointed Professor at the University of Groningen, where she now holds a personal chair ‘Structure and Interpretation of natural language, esp. its logical aspects’. Dr. ter Meulen is a Member of the interdisciplinary research school of Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience (BCN) and the National Research school of Linguistics (LOT) in the Netherlands, and an elected Member of the Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen.

Dr. ter Meulen is currently holding the following positions:

  • Member Advisory Board Center for Language and Cognition (RuG)
  • Member Scientific Advisory Board Utrecht Institute for Linguistics (UU)
  • Member Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen
  • Member Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)
  • Member of the Board of the Committee Cognitive Sciences (KNAW)
  • President European Society for Philosophy and Psychology
  • Member Advisory Board French-Dutch Network for co-operation in Higher Education and Research