Dirk Geeraerts (°1955) is professor of linguistics at the University of Leuven. He studied Germanic Languages (Dutch and English), with a specialization in theoretical linguistics. He also holds a bachelor's degree in Philosophy. In 1981, he received his PhD in linguistics from the university in Leuven.
From 1977 to 1985, he worked at the Instituut voor Nederlandse Lexicologie in Leiden (The Netherlands), as an editor of the Woordenboek der Nederlandsche Taal (the Dutch counterpart of the OED). After an interlude at the department of Dutch of the university of Leiden, he taught Dutch linguistics at the university of Kortrijk from 1986 to 1993. Since 1993, he holds the chair in theoretical linguistics at the university of Leuven.