About me

My name is Daphne Theijssen. Some people may wonder how that name is best pronounced. Well, for people who are not speakers of Dutch, I prefer they pronounce my name 'in the English way'. It would then sound the same as a woman called "Daphny Tyson".

Until 30 November 2011, I was a PhD student at the Centre for Language Studies at Radboud University Nijmegen (the Netherlands). Since 1 February 2012, I work as Associate at PwC Assurance (audit).

My PhD thesis, which was approved in January 2012 and which I successfully defended on 18 June 2012, is called Making choices: Modelling the English dative alternation (pdf; 1130kB) and involves corpus and computational linguistics. My academic publications are listed here. From September to December 2010, I have been a visiting student researcher in Joan Bresnan's group at the Stanford Linguistics Department. For this visit, I was awarded a Fulbright grant for Dutch PhD students visiting the US.

I received my MA degree for the research master Language and Communication at Radboud University Nijmegen. This master is a collaboration with Tilburg University (the Netherlands). The title of my Master thesis was: Features for automatic discourse analysis of paragraphs: Finding features to detect rhetorical relations between sentences within paragraphs (pdf). You can find the corresponding scripts, data and results here.

Also at Radboud University Nijmegen, I obtained my BA degree for English Language and Culture. The topic of my Bachelor thesis was: Chaucer’s Impact on the English Language: a detailed study of the vocabulary in ‘The Tale of Sir Thopas’ (pdf).

In my spare time, I like doing sports, for example swimming, snowboarding and inline skating. Also, I love spending time with my family and friends, best accompanied with a good beer or wine.

For my curriculum vitae, check out my profile on LinkedIn.