Camil Staps

Camil Staps [ka'mil stɑps]he/his


I am a PhD candidate in theoretical and Semitic linguistics. I study how language uses spatiality to express concepts like agency, causation, and evidentiality. I take a theoretical linguistic perspective and apply the results to Biblical Hebrew.

I do this at Leiden University and Radboud University under the supervision of Johan Rooryck and Ellen van Wolde.


Refereed articles

In preparation

Camil Staps and Johan Rooryck, in preparation. ‘On the demonstrative nature of finite complementizers’. Draft on LingBuzz.


Camil Staps, 2022. ‘Voice, discourse prominence, and aspect. The niphal and passive qal of yālad’, in Pierre Van Hecke and Hanneke van Loon (eds.), Where is the way to the dwelling of light? Studies in Genesis, Job and linguistics in honor of Ellen van Wolde, pp. 387–408. Leiden: Brill. doi: 10.1163/9789004536296_020

Camil Staps, 2022. ‘Lip̄nē ‘in the face of’: a Locative preposition with a threatening connotation’. Journal of Hebrew Scriptures 22 (1), pp. 1–24. doi: 10.5508/jhs29582


Camil Staps, 2020. ‘“When Dust Was Poured Out”: Creation in Job 38.36–38’. Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 44 (3), pp. 456–471. doi: 10.1177/0309089219862828

Camil Staps, 2020. ‘Prepositions and the Grammaticalization of Ancient Hebrew Bipartite Reciprocal Markers’. Journal of Semitic Studies 65 (1), pp. 61–84. doi: 10.1093/jss/fgz050


Camil Staps, John van Groningen and Rinus Plasmeijer, 2019. ‘Lazy Interworking of Compiled and Interpreted Code for Sandboxing and Distributed Systems’, in Jurriën Stutterheim and Wei Ngan Chin (eds.), Implementation and Application of Functional Languages (IFL '19), September 25–27, 2019, Singapore, Singapore. doi: 10.1145/3412932.3412941


Camil Staps, 2018. ‘A Case Study of Reciprocal Middles in Biblical Hebrew: the Niphal of לחם’. Orientalia 87 (2), pp. 159–183.

Book reviews


Camil Staps, 2021. ‘Review of: Peter Bekins, Inscriptions from the World of the Bible. A Reader and Introduction to Old Northwest Semitic’. Bibliotheca Orientalis 78 (5/6), pp. 723–726.

Camil Staps, 2021. ‘Review of: Margaret Winters, Historical Linguistics’. LINGUIST List 32 (1438).


Camil Staps, 2020. ‘Review of: Elitzur A. Bar-Asher Siegal, The NP-strategy for Expressing Reciprocity’. Bibliotheca Orientalis 77 (3/4), pp. 318–322.

Non-refereed work


Camil Staps, 2019. ‘Tense, Aspect and Modality in Jewish Palestinian Aramaic’. Master thesis, Leiden University.

Camil Staps, 2019. ‘Lazy Interworking of Compiled and Interpreted Code for Sandboxing and Distributed Systems’. Master thesis, Radboud University Nijmegen.


Camil Staps, 2017. ‘Code generation for the Thumb-2 instruction set’. Bachelor thesis, Radboud University Nijmegen.


I keep track of the conferences I visit and how much CO2 I emit in doing so.

2022Dec 9, CogLing DaysWith John Rooryck. Finite complementizers as demonstratives in the clausal domain (slides; handout).
Nov 21, SBL AnnualWith Martijn Beukenhorst. Semantic properties of prepositions: the distinction between causal מן and ב (slides).
Nov 9, COCOAWith Johan Rooryck. Space in the causal chain: The perspective from French and Biblical Hebrew (handout).
Aug 25, SLE2022With Johan Rooryck. On the demonstratives nature of finite complementizers (slides; handout).
Jan 12, AIL2With Johan Rooryck. French double Agents: a force-theoretic account of de and par (handout).
2020Jan 10, NL-FP dayWith John van Groningen and Rinus Plasmeijer. Lazy interworking of compiled and interpreted code.
2019Sep 27, IFL31By Rinus Plasmeijer, with John van Groningen. Lazy interworking of compiled and interpreted code for sandboxing and distributed systems.
2018Jan 26, CLIN28Combining grammatical features for dating texts in small-corpus languages (abstract & slides).
Jan 5, NL-FP dayCloogle: a programming language search engine and its applications (abstract & slides).

Software projects

MəḇaqqēšA spreadsheet application for scholars of the Hebrew Bible and Biblical Hebrew.
HebrewToolsSeveral web applications for Biblical Hebrew education (GitHub).
NitrileA package manager for the functional programming language Clean.
CloogleA search engine for Clean code (GitLab).

Find more on GitLab, GitHub, and

Biblical Hebrew reading group

I'm running a weekly online reading group in Biblical Hebrew, open to new members.


2019–2024NWO Promoties in de Geesteswetenschappen, €249K (covering my PhD project; applied for by Holger Gzella; grant no. PGW.19.015).


2022–2023Hebrew I–II, Radboud University Nijmegen (10 ECTS).
2021–2022Hebrew I–II, Radboud University Nijmegen (10 ECTS).
2020–2021Hebrew II, Radboud University Nijmegen (5 ECTS).
Hebrew I–III, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (15 ECTS).
2015–2019Student assistant for various courses in computing science, Radboud University Nijmegen. See under Employment for a list of courses.


Sep. 2019–presentPhD candidate, Leiden University & Radboud University Nijmegen.
Supervised by Johan Rooryck and Ellen van Wolde.
Feb. 2023–Jun. 2023Lecturer, Radboud University Nijmegen.
Sep. 2019–Aug. 2021Scientific programmer / software architect, TOP Software.
Feb. 2021–Jul. 2021Lecturer, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.
Sep. 2015–Aug. 2019
Student assistant, Radboud University Nijmegen (click for an overview of activities).

2018–19: work on the Clean ecosystem

2017–18: Combinatorics, Functional Programming for AI

2016–17: Algorithms and Data Structures, Combinatorics, Functional Programming for AI, Functional Programming 1, Introduction to Cryptography, Operating Systems

2015–16: Combinatorics, Functional Programming 1, Functional Programming 2, Introduction to Cryptography, Mathematical Structures

May 2013–Mar. 2019Owner of ViviSoft.


2017–2019Research MA. Hebrew and Aramaic Studies, Leiden University (cum laude).
2017–2019MSc. Software Science, Radboud University Nijmegen (summa cum laude).
2014–2017BSc. Computing Science, Radboud University Nijmegen (cum laude).