Taal en Tongval 2013

The Contragram team co-organised the annual one-day Taal en Tongval conference which took place in the Building of the Royal Academy of Dutch Language and Literature (KANTL) in Gent on 6 December 2013 and was devoted to the topic of ‘Constructions in Variation and Change/Variation and Change in Constructions’. Recent years have seen a noticeable increase in studies combining a construction-based view of grammar as consisting of a structured network of conventionalised form/meaning-pairings with an interest in issues of language variation and change. This can be related to two broader tendencies in current linguistic research: (i) the incorporation of constructionist views on the organization of grammar in work on grammaticalization (e.g. Traugott 2008a,b; Trousdale 2010, 2012; Gisborne & Patten 2011) and (ii) the emergence of “cognitive sociolinguistics”, i.e. the integration of methods and models from cognitive linguistics (including cognitive construction grammar) on the one hand and variational sociolinguistics on the other (Geeraerts, Kristiansen & Peirsman 2010; Gries in press). These and other topics were  further explored in the colloquium, which hosted invited talks by Graeme Trousdale, Arie Verhagen, Benedikt Szmrecsanyi, and Ad Backus.


Programme version 25/10/2013 – invited lectures in bold

Venue: Building of the Royal Academy of Dutch Language and Literature (KANTL), Koningstraat 18, Gent


Timothy Colleman (UGent) & Freek Van de Velde (KU Leuven) – Inleiding: constructies in variatie en verandering


Graeme Trousdale (University of Edinburgh) – The way-construction from a Sign-Based Construction Grammar perspective: Present-day variation as a result of constructionalization


Kristel Van Goethem, Edwige Dugas, Dany Amiot,  Bert Cappelle, Maarten Lemmens, Cédric Patin & Fayssal Tayalati (F.R.S.-FNRS & Université catholique de Louvain / Université Lille 3) - Comparing degrees of constructionalization. Reduplicative coordination constructions with an emphatic meaning in Dutch and French


coffee break


Seza Doğruöz (Tilburg University) & Eline Zenner (KU Leuven) - Constructional Change in Contact Situations: Dutch contact with English and Turkish


Ad Backus (Tilburg University) – Rethinking Weinreich, Labov & Herzog from a usage-based perspective: Contact-induced change in Dutch Turkish




Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (KU Leuven) - Exploring cross-constructional variation and change


Alexandra Lenz (University of Vienna) - On the emergence and dynamics of resultative constructions in the German language area

Jocelyne Daems, Kris Heylen & Dirk Geeraerts (KU Leuven) -

Lexicale convergentie in de Nederlandse woordenschat


Alan Scott (University of Nottingham) - Prescriptivism and self-regulation as factors affecting linguistic variation in German social media

Tim Geleyn & Timothy Colleman (UGent) – Indirect object-constructies in het zeventiende-eeuwse Nederlands: een semasiologische studie 


coffee break


Dirk Pijpops & Freek Van de Velde (KU Leuven) - Blood is thicker than water. Lectal and structural persistence in Dutch vestigial genitives

Evie Coussé (University of Gothenburg) – Constructional change in the zullen-future in Dutch


Arie Verhagen (Leiden University) – "Vreemde talen", "foreign languages", and "Fremdsprachen": Investigating factors underlying crosslinguistic variation in the use of constructions in Dutch, English, and German


Conclusion and refreshments

UGent 2011