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Language Dynamics in the Dutch Golden Age

Researchers

Project leaders

Prof. dr. Marjo van Koppen – Utrecht University & The Meertens Institute

Marjo van Koppen is a professor of Dutch language variation at Utrecht University. She is an expert in theoretical (morho)syntax, Dutch (historical) linguistics and linguistic variation.

Dr. Feike Dietz – Utrecht University

Feike Dietz is an assistant professor in Early modern Dutch literature (1550-1800) at Utrecht University. Her research, interdisciplinary in character and combining text-analytical and cultural-historical approaches, for example focuses on the representation and teaching of language and literacy skills in early modern books for the young.

Within the context of the Language Dynamics project and its Nederlab pilot study, Marjo and Feike are currently examining the linguistic and rhetorical contexts in which P.C. Hooft used embracing negation.

 

Postdoc

Dr. Marijn Schraagen – Utrecht University

Marijn Schraagen is a postdoctoral researcher in Computational Linguistics. His research includes various topics from artificial intelligence, data mining and natural language processing. In the Language Dynamics project he is involved in corpus development, annotation engineering, data processing and classification, such as automatically determining the topic category given a specific letter of Hooft. As an example: letter 829 can be classified in the category invitations based on the phrase oft wij U.E. met de H.H. Reael en Vossius, op morghenavondt oft op zondagh, ende te welker tijdt alsdan, te verwachten hebben, which the computer may be able to learn as well.

 

PhD-students

Jorik van Engeland MA – Utrecht University

My research entails variation in morpho-syntax. Currently I’m focussing on the relation between (morphological) case and word order, and verb clusters, in the transitional period of Early Modern Dutch. In Middle Dutch there is morphological case and free word order, while verb clusters are limited; In Modern Dutch morphological case is lost, word order is restricted, while verb clusters are a widespread phenomenon.

Cora van de Poppe MA – Utrecht University

Cora van de Poppe is a PhD-student at Utrecht University. She is interested in the literary and cultural effects of language variation in seventeenth-century Dutch. During the first months of her PhD-project, she has investigated variation in the use of the genitive by sixteenth- and seventeenth-century authors. Currently, she focuses on the way linguistic variation contributed to the construction of memories within society. In the first half of the seventeenth century, the dynamic language situation in combination with theological and political controversies during the Twelve Years’ Truce (1609-1621) gave rise to a textual culture of memory, shaped and determined by remonstrant well-educated authors as well as commoners. The research focuses on how authors used the possibilities of their language system to construct textual memories, to organize historical events and create alternative pasts.