I was born in Wageningen, the Netherlands on 17 April 1980. I completed my A-level secondary education in Kampen, the Netherlands, taking all the language courses (Dutch, English, German, French, Latin and Greek), Geography and Mathematics. From 1998 to 2002, I studied English Language and Culture at the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and graduated as part of a joint degree in English language and linguistics and Applied Linguistics. As part of this degree, I took courses such as Language Change and Language Variation, but also Psycholinguistics, Child Language Acquisition and Development, Language Disorders and Didactics of Modern Foreign Language Education. I graduated with distinction on an MA thesis that was an effect study of a computer-assisted remedial program for the English language classroom for Dutch dyslexic and poor spellers in secondary education. After graduation, I stayed at the Vrije Universiteit and in 2007 completed my PhD thesis on the first language attrition of Dutch emigrants in Anglophone Canada. As part of my PhD degree I spent half a year as a guest researcher/lecturer at the University of Western Ontario in Canada for data collection purposes. I then spent two years as an assistant professor at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands where I taught mainly English language proficiency courses, but also courses on oral presenting. Since 2008 I have been affiliated to the Department of English Language and Culture of the University of Utrecht where I teach in the proficiency program, but I also coordinate and teach courses on language acquisition and language attrition in the linguistics program. Starting 1 July 2010 my main tasks involve research as part of a VENI project (4-year research project on the basis of a stipend granted by the Dutch Organization for Scientific Research, NWO). As part of this project I look at the – often anecdotally reported – reversion to the first language in elderly Dutch immigrants in Australia. In particular, I investigate whether this reversion is a purely linguistic phenomenon or whether it is caused by general cognitive decline associated with advanced age.