In my research I focus on variation in the Middle Low German dialects. I am currently working on my PhD, which is more specifically focusing on the distribution of null pronominal arguments (esp. referential null subjects), on resumptives and gaps in relative clauses and on double agreement phenomena in inversion contexts. By doing this, specified tags which are needed for the creation of a tagged and parsed corpus of Middle Low German (a part of the Corpus of Historical Low German (CHLG)) can be developed. My supervisor is Prof. Dr. Anne Breitbarth (UGent), my co-supervisors are Prof. Dr. Veronique Hoste (UGent), Dr. Sheila Watts (University of Cambridge) and Prof. Dr. George Walkden (Universität Konstanz).
My research interests include amongst others historical linguistics, dialectology, dialectometry, Dutch and German linguistics, language variation and change, generative grammar, comparative linguistics and computational linguistics. Before I started with my PhD, I helped to realise the projects Dialectloket and Stemmen uit het verleden as a member of the team of the Woordenboek van de Vlaamse Dialecten. I usually publish in English or German, though my native language is West-Flemish.
I am a member of the international professional research associations Verein für niederdeutsche Sprachforschung (VndS) and Generative Linguistics in the Old World (GLOW) and affiliated with the Angus McIntosh Centre for Historical Linguistics (AMC). Furthermore, I was an invited student at the University of Cambridge at the Department of German and Dutch, within the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages (Lent Term 2017).
Conference papers & posters
26/10/2017: 'Position-dependent agreement in the Middle Low German plural verbal paradigm', DiaLing talk - Ghent, Belgium
Upcoming papers and posters
Farasyn, Melissa, and Anne Breitbarth. 2016. “Nullsubjekte Im Mittelniederdeutschen.” Beitrage Zur Geschichte Der Deutschen Sprache Und Literatur 138 (4): 524–559.
Farasyn, Melissa. 2017. Kongruenzmuster in mittelniederdeutschen Relativsätzen: eine Pilotstudie. In Aktuelle Tendenzen in der Variationslinguistik (Kleine und regionale Sprachen), Line-Marie Hohenstein, Kathrin Weber, Heike Wermer, Meike Glawe & Stephanie Sauermilch (eds.), 67-90. Hildesheim: Georg Olms.
Farasyn, M., G. Walkden, S. Watts, and A. Breitbarth. The interplay between genre and syntax in a historical low german corpus. In J. R. Whitt (Ed.), Diachronic Corpora, Genre, and Language Change. John Benjamins. To appear in 2018.