Historical Sociolinguistics Young Researchers Forum (HSYRF-2020)

We are happy to announce the third edition of the Historical Sociolinguistics Young Researchers Forum (HSYRF-2020), which will take place at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) on 6-7 March 2020. 

This yearly event is aimed at early career researchers – MA and PhD students, postdocs, and other young (at heart) researchers –, offering a mix of lectures, master classes and hands-on workshops on various topics relevant to anyone interested in historical sociolinguistics or language history more generally.

The 2020 edition features:

a masterclass on historical register variation by Douglas Biber (Northern Arizona University)

a hands-on workshop on indexicality and enregisterment by by Joan Beal (University of Sheffield)

a hands-on workshop on analysing multilingual practices in historical corpora by Jukka Tyrkkö (Linnæus University)- the Bad Data

Keynote Lecture on the challenge of ‘bad data’ by Marijke van der Wal (Leiden University)

VUB – Brussels

When? 6-7 March 2020 

For more info on the program and how to sign up, please visi the website.


Rik Vosters (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

Gijsbert Rutten (Universiteit Leiden)

Eline Lismont (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

Conference assistant:

Fatima Ali (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) – Fatima.Ali@vub.be

Sponsors:Historical Sociolinguistics Network (HiSoN)Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)Research Foundation Flanders (FWO)Doctoral School of Humanities (DSh)Center for Linguistics (CLIN)Vrije Universiteit Brussel