I am a postdoctoral researcher of the Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO) at Ghent University. My research concerns syntactic variation in unstandardised Germanic varieties. In my current research project, I focus on left dislocation without resumption in French Flemish, an endangered Germanic variety spoken in Northern France. The phenomenon has never been described before and is not attested in Standard Dutch. In this type of LD, the connection between topic and comment is not achieved through a resumptive element, but by semantic, pragmatic, or phonological means (such as intonation). The supervisors of the project are Anne Breitbarth (UGent) and Jeroen van Craenenbroeck (KU Leuven). I have been working on French Flemish before. In my former FWO-funded project, I focused on V2 violations in French Flemish (Frans-Vlaams) under the supervision of Anne Breitbarth and Liliane Haegeman. It includes the creation of a parsed and tagged corpus of French Flemish spoken data from 91 different locations, with over 50 hours of spontaneously spoken language, which will be part of the Corpus of Southern Dutch Dialects (GCND).
My PhD thesis (2018) concerned the distribution of null pronominal arguments (esp. referential null subjects), resumptives and gaps in relative clauses and double agreement phenomena in inversion contexts in the Middle Low German dialects. Based on this research, specific 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 Anne Breitbarth (UGent) and Veronique Hoste (UGent), the external committee members were Sheila Watts (University of Cambridge) and George Walkden (Universität Konstanz).
My research interests include among other things corpus linguistics and corpus construction (especially parsed corpora), language variation and change, heritage languages, oral heritage and historical linguistics. Before I started with my PhD, I helped to realise the science popularisation project Dialectloket and Stemmen uit het verleden as a member of the team of the Woordenboek van de Vlaamse Dialecten. I usually publish in English, Dutch or German, though my native language is West Flemish, a dialect of Dutch.
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).
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