In my research I focus on syntactic variation in dialects. I recently obtained my PhD, which focused 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 in the Middle Low German dialects. By doing that, specified tags needed for the creation of a tagged and parsed corpus of Middle Low German (a part of the Corpus of Historical Low German (CHLG)) could be developed. My supervisors were Prof. Dr. Anne Breitbarth (UGent), my co-supervisors were Prof. Dr. Veronique Hoste (UGent), Dr. Sheila Watts (University of Cambridge) and Prof. Dr. George Walkden (Universität Konstanz).
My research interests include amongst others corpus linguistics (especially parsed corpora), dialectology, dialectometry, historical linguistics, 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).
Upcoming conference papers & poster
Conference papers & posters
26/10/2017: 'Position-dependent agreement in the Middle Low German plural verbal paradigm', DiaLing talk - Ghent, Belgium