Patrick Dendale teaches French proficiency and French linguistics in the Faculty of Arts of the University of Antwerp since 2002. Previously, he had been maître de conférences at the University of Metz (1997-2002), and lecturer at the Katholieke Vlaamse Hogeschool in Antwerp, the actual Thomas More (1991-1997).
He is General Academic Exchange Coordinator for Language and Literature of the Faculty of Arts.
He belongs to the IPrA research center / Antwerp Centrer for Pragmatics of the Department of Linguistics. His research in French semantics and pragmatics focuses on evidential and epistemico-modal marking linguistic commitment, the French conditional tense, linguistic polyphony or dialogism and spatial prepositions and their metaphorical extensions. Since 1989 he has given lectures and conferences in more than 40 cities in 17 different countries.
He created and maintains the online bibliography of studies on lexical and grammatical expressions in French, Lexicales.
He is a promoter of an ongoing project (2016-2019) about the origin and evolution of the epistemic conditional and another project on the treatment of the epistemic conditional by old grammars of French.
From 2001 to 2003 he has been president and later secretary-treasurer (2003-2016) of the Linguistic Society of Belgium. He is a member of the scientific committee of the journals Belgian Journal of Linguistics, Cahiers de Praxématique, Faits de Langue and Langages, of the book collections Cahiers Chronos and Recherches linguistiques and of many linguistic conferences. He is (co-) editor of a dozen collective volumes and thematic issues of journal (more info).