Sociolinguistics Circle 2017

The Sociolinguistics Circle aims at bringing together students and researchers of language variation, sociolinguistics and social dynamics of language with a connection to the Low Countries. The initiative organizes conferences and meetings about sociolinguistics.

The first of these was hosted by the University of Groningen in March 2014. The next edition will be hosted by Tilburg University, and will take place on 31 March 2017. For this fourth edition, we also invite BA and MA students to submit their work for (poster) presentation.

Organizing committee
(Tilburg University)

Ad Backus
Ted Hua Nie
Jos Swanenberg


For questions regarding conference aims,
abstract submission and programme, please write to Jos Swanenberg.

Call for papers

We welcome abstracts for paper and poster presentations which deal with variationist, sociolinguistic, dialectological, language-anthropological, and ethnographical topics (in the broadest possible sense of these terms) investigated in any linguistic variety.

Abstracts can be submitted in English or Dutch, and should contain no more than 300 words (excluding references); they should be submitted via Jos Swanenberg.

Important dates

  • Abstract submission deadline ‒ 29 January 2017
  • Notification of acceptance ‒ 17 February 2017
  • Registration deadline ‒ 17 March 2017
  • Sociolinguistics Circle at Tilburg University ‒ 31 March 2017


Registration fee:

  • for faculty members and PhD students: € 20
  • for BA and MA students: € 10

The registration fee covers access to the colloquium, conference materials, coffee breaks, and lunch.

Please transfer your registration fee to NL74ABNA0602142539, stating the code 8414.5500 and your full name.

Please register by mailing to Jos Swanenberg


Paper sessions are in the Dante building of the Tilburg School of Humanities.

Lunch and the poster sessions (12:30-14:00) are in the foyer of the Dante building.

The address of the campus is:

Tilburg University
Warandelaan 2
5037 AB Tilburg

Interactive map of the campus

Travel information

The campus is located about five kilometers from the city centre. Find a route description on the website. Good public transport is available, either by bus or train. Sufficient and easy parking spaces are provided as well.

Tilburg offers several
accommodations within reasonable distance to the Tilburg University campus:

Members of the
Sociolinguistics Circle

Leonie Cornips ‒ Meertens Institute / Maastricht
Stefan Grondelaers ‒ Radboud University Nijmegen
Nanna Haug Hilton ‒ University of Groningen
Roeland van Hout ‒ Radboud University Nijmegen
Remco Knooihuizen ‒ University of Groningen
Jacomine Nortier ‒ Utrecht University
Jos Swanenberg ‒ Tilburg University
Veronique De Tier ‒ Ghent University
Hans Van de Velde ‒ Fryske Akademy