Explaining variation, predicting change

A symposium in honour of Roeland van Hout

Friday, 21 September 2018 – Radboud University Nijmegen, Faculty Club Huize Heyendaal

Aim

On account of Roeland van Hout’s 66th birthday and valedictory lecture, we devote a mini-symposium to two key topics in (socio) linguistics which are near and dear to his heart. Four regular papers and a keynote presentation by Sali Tagliamonte (University of Toronto) illustrate the amazing variety of domains Roeland is active in under the umbrella of language variation and change. As a consequence, the variation to be explained also pertains to Roeland’s research interests, while the change to be predicted also relates to how we can ensure that the seeds Roeland has sown continue to grow: how can we make the most of Roeland’s intellectual legacy?

Programme

9:45

10:00

Introduction

10:00

10:40

Stefan Grondelaers (RU Nijmegen) & Dirk Speelman (KU Leuven)
Using big data to predict the future of Dutch: who needs dialects when the standard is stratifying?

10:40

11:20

Didier Demoulin (Université Paris 3) & Hans Van de Velde (Fryske Akademy)
Modelling sound change: The rise of uvular r  in Flanders

11:20

12:00

Odette Scharenborg (TU Delft)
Why R /u/ changing? Perceptual learning of non-standard sounds by humans and computers

12:00

12:40

Antal van den Bosch (Meertens Instituut & RU Nijmegen)
It’s the data, stupid!” Data-based discovery of patterns and randomness in syntactic variation

12:45

14:00

Lunch

14:00

15:00

Sali Tagliamonte (University of Toronto)
Quotative be like and the Black Swann: Outliers, impact & rationalization in linguistic change

 

Registration

You are cordially invited to attend the symposium, but in view of space limitations, please mail to Dr. Frans van der Slik (f.v.d.slik@ru.nl) to register. Participation is free of charge.

 

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