I am a PhD candidate in linguistics. My interests are in semantics and its interfaces with morphosyntax and pragmatics.
The Bigger Question I try to answer is what language can tell us about how abstract concepts like causation and evidentiality are represented in the mind. In particular, I study the relation between spatial and non-spatial meanings of prepositions, demonstratives, and other function words.
I keep track of time from submission to publication.
Staps, Camil, in preparation. Complementation and Common Ground: Discursive effects in Biblical Hebrew.
Staps, Camil & Johan Rooryck, in preparation. Formalizing spatial-causal polysemy of Agent prepositions. Under revision for Semantics & Pragmatics.
Staps, Camil & Martijn Beukenhorst, in preparation. Semantic properties of prepositions: The distinction between causal min ‘from’ and bə ‘in’.
Staps, Camil & Johan Rooryck, 2023. The interpretation of [+distal] in demonstratives and complementizers. Linguistics 61(5). 1195–1231. doi: 10.1515/ling-2022-0178.
Staps, Camil, 2022. Voice, discourse prominence, and aspect: The niphal and passive qal of yālad. In Pierre Van Hecke & 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, 387–408. Leiden: Brill. doi: 10.1163/9789004536296_020.
Staps, Camil, 2022. Lip̄nē ‘in the face of’: A Locative preposition with a threatening connotation. Journal of Hebrew Scriptures 22(1). 1–24. doi: 10.5508/jhs29582.
Staps, Camil, 2020. “When dust was poured out”: Creation in Job 38.36–38. Journal for the Study of the Old Testament 44(3). 456–471. doi: 10.1177/0309089219862828.
Staps, Camil, 2020. Prepositions and the grammaticalization of Ancient Hebrew bipartite reciprocal markers. Journal of Semitic Studies 65(1). 61–84. doi: 10.1093/jss/fgz050.
Staps, Camil, John van Groningen & Rinus Plasmeijer, 2019. Lazy interworking of compiled and interpreted code for sandboxing and distributed systems. In Jurriën Stutterheim & Wei Ngan Chin (eds.), Implementation and Application of Functional Languages (IFL '19), September 25–27, 2019, Singapore, Singapore. doi: 10.1145/3412932.3412941.
Staps, Camil, 2018. A case study of reciprocal middles in Biblical Hebrew: The niphal of לחם. Orientalia 87(2). 159–183.
Staps, Camil, 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). 723–726.
Staps, Camil, 2021. Review of: Margaret Winters, Historical linguistics. LINGUIST List 32(1438).
Staps, Camil, 2020. Review of: Elitzur A. Bar-Asher Siegal, The NP-strategy for expressing reciprocity. Bibliotheca Orientalis 77(3/4). 318–322.
Staps, Camil, 2019. Tense, aspect and modality in Jewish Palestinian Aramaic. Leiden University MA. thesis.
Staps, Camil, 2019. Lazy interworking of compiled and interpreted code for sandboxing and distributed systems. Radboud University Nijmegen MSc. thesis.
Staps, Camil, 2017. Code generation for the Thumb-2 instruction set. Radboud University Nijmegen BSc. thesis.
I keep track of the conferences I visit and how much CO2 I emit in doing so.
|2023||Oct 13, SPE12/OASIS||With Johan Rooryck. Interpreting [+distal] complementizers as markers of Common Ground (slides; handout).|
|2022||Dec 9, CogLing Days||With Johan Rooryck. Finite complementizers as demonstratives in the clausal domain (slides; handout).|
|Nov 21, SBL Annual||With Martijn Beukenhorst. Semantic properties of prepositions: the distinction between causal מן and ב (slides).|
|Nov 9, COCOA||With Johan Rooryck. Space in the causal chain: The perspective from French and Biblical Hebrew (handout).|
|Aug 25, SLE2022||With Johan Rooryck. On the demonstratives nature of finite complementizers (slides; handout).|
|Jan 12, AIL2||With Johan Rooryck. French double Agents: a force-theoretic account of de and par (handout).|
|2020||Jan 10, NL-FP day||With John van Groningen and Rinus Plasmeijer. Lazy interworking of compiled and interpreted code.|
|2019||Sep 27, IFL31||By Rinus Plasmeijer, with John van Groningen. Lazy interworking of compiled and interpreted code for sandboxing and distributed systems.|
|2018||Jan 26, CLIN28||Combining grammatical features for dating texts in small-corpus languages (abstract & slides).|
|Jan 5, NL-FP day||Cloogle: a programming language search engine and its applications (abstract & slides).|
|Məḇaqqēš||A spreadsheet application for scholars of the Hebrew Bible and Biblical Hebrew.|
|HebrewTools||Several web applications for Biblical Hebrew education (GitHub).|
|Nitrile||A package manager for the functional programming language Clean.|
|Cloogle||A search engine for Clean code (GitLab).|
Biblical Hebrew reading group
I'm running a weekly online reading group in Biblical Hebrew, open to new members.
|2019–2024||NWO Promoties in de Geesteswetenschappen, €249K (covering my PhD project; applied for by Holger Gzella; grant no. PGW.19.015).|
|2022–2023||Hebrew I–II, Radboud University Nijmegen (10 ECTS).|
|2021–2022||Hebrew I–II, Radboud University Nijmegen (10 ECTS).|
|2020–2021||Hebrew II, Radboud University Nijmegen (5 ECTS).|
|Hebrew I–III, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (15 ECTS).|
|2015–2019||Student assistant for various courses in computing science, Radboud University Nijmegen. See under Employment for a list of courses.|
|Sep. 2019–Apr 2024||PhD candidate, Leiden University & Radboud University Nijmegen.|
Supervised by Johan Rooryck and Ellen van Wolde.
|Feb. 2023–Jun. 2023||Lecturer, Radboud University Nijmegen.|
|Sep. 2019–Aug. 2021||Scientific programmer / software architect, TOP Software.|
|Feb. 2021–Jul. 2021||Lecturer, 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
|May 2013–Mar. 2019||Owner of ViviSoft.|
|2017–2019||Research MA. Hebrew and Aramaic Studies, Leiden University (cum laude).|
|2017–2019||MSc. Software Science, Radboud University Nijmegen (summa cum laude).|
|2014–2017||BSc. Computing Science, Radboud University Nijmegen (cum laude).|