On Monday 10 December 2018, our Maps and Grammar colleague Nina Ouddeken successfully defended her PhD thesis Voicing in translation at the Radboud University in Nijmegen. The promotors were M. van Oostendorp and R. D’Allessandro, and the reading committee consisted of P. Fikkert (head), B. Alder, J. Grijzenhout, S. Hamann and R. van Hout. F Hinskens was one of the other people joining the committee in the corona. The candidate was faced with some some difficult questions and managed to answer them well. Upon the reception of the diploma she received a loud applause from family, friends and colleagues.
Ouddeken is the second of the two Maps and Grammar PhD students to finish her thesis project. Earlier in 2018, Lotte Dros-Hendriks defended her thesis in Leiden.
On Wednesday 7 February 2018, our Maps and Grammar colleague Lotte Dros-Hendriks successfully defended her PhD thesis Not another book on Verb Raising in Leiden. S. Barbiers and H. Bennis were the promotors of the thesis and L. Cheng, M. Bader, J. van Craenenbroeck, J. Doetjes, A. Liptak, M. Salzmann and J. Zwart were members of the thesis committee. The defense went smoothly and the candidate received several compliments on her excellent work.
Dros-Hendriks is the first of the two Maps and Grammar students to defend her thesis. The thesis is available in PDF format. Hard copies can be ordered from the LOT Graduate School.
On 17 November 2014, the Maps and Grammar team was joined by a new postdoc: Edoardo Cavirani. His work in the project will focus on representing deeper linguistic structures, like grammars, on maps. We welcome our new colleague!
At 27 September 2014, the team of the project Maps and Grammar represented the Meertens Institute at the Drongo festival, a yearly Amsterdam meeting of science and culture with the theme multilinguality. At the meeting we presented three interactive online dialect games to the festival audience.
More than forty people played the games and the responses were overwhelmingly positive. The Maps and Grammar lab presentation was recognized as one of the three best labs by the festival jury and the team was awarded with free entry tickets to a local science museum.
Here are the three games (all in Dutch):
- Game 1: identify origins of dialect speakers by sound
- Game 2: determine origins of dialect speakers by syntax
- Game 3: discover language intuitions
The games were developed in the past week especially for the festival but it would be interesting to develop them further for future events and even for collecting research data. Feedback is welcome!