In my research I focus on syntactic variation in Germanic dialects. I recently started to work on a project on French Flemish (Frans-Vlaams), funded by Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO). The project includes the creation of a parsed and tagged corpus of French Flemish spoken data from 91 different locations.
My PhD dissertation 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) and Prof. Dr. Veronique Hoste (UGent), the external committee members were 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, a Dutch dialect.
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, posters and invited talks
Conference papers & posters
26/10/2017: 'Position-dependent agreement in the Middle Low German plural verbal paradigm', DiaLing talk - Ghent, Belgium
29/11/2017: 'The parsed Corpus of Historical Low German (CHLG)', LW Research Day 2017 - Ghent, Belgium
Invited talks and guest lectures