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LINGUIST List 20.3361

Tue Oct 06 2009

Confs: Sociolinguistics/Belgium

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        1.    Gunther De Vogelaer, Formation of Regiolects in the Low Countries

Message 1: Formation of Regiolects in the Low Countries
Date: 06-Oct-2009
From: Gunther De Vogelaer <gunther.devogelaerugent.be>
Subject: Formation of Regiolects in the Low Countries
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Formation of Regiolects in the Low Countries

Date: 20-Nov-2009 - 20-Nov-2009
Location: Ghent, Belgium
Contact: Gunther De Vogelaer
Contact Email: < click here to access email >

Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Meeting Description:

As in many parts of Europe, traditional dialects in the Low Countries are shifting towards regiolects, i.e. non-standard vernacular varieties characterizing a region rather than a specific locality. For Dutch, the relevant developments have been described in the 1990s (e.g., by Hoppenbrouwers 1990 and Hinskens 1996 for the Netherlands, and by Vandekerckhove 2000 for Flanders; see also Hinskens, Hoppenbrouwers & Taeldeman, eds. 1993). The main factors in regiolectisation include both sociological and linguistic ones, such as an increased social and geographical mobility on the language users’s part, changing attitudes towards dialects and standard languages, intelligibility differences between dialects and standard languages, and tendencies towards simplification in situations of dialect contact (where ‘koineization’ is observed). In this workshop we hope to provide an overview of the more recent developments in the field.

Conference website:


Koninklijke Academie voor Nederlandse Taal- en Letterkunde (KANTL), Koningstraat 19, 9000 Gent (Belgium)


Anyone interested in attending the conference should register with valerie.bouckaertugent.be. Registration is free.

Program Morning Session:


Opening by Gunther De Vogelaer & Wilbert Heeringa

Peter Auer (Freiburg), 'Phonological Change in the Alemannic Dialects of Southwest Germany: 100 Years and a New Approach'

Roland Kehrein & Jürgen-Erich Schmidt (Marburg), 'Formation and Change of Regiolects and Regional Dialects in German'

David Britain (Essex), 'Mobility and the Heterogeneous Homogenisation of Regional Dialects in England'


Afternoon, Parallel Session 1 (Tapijtenzaal):

Mathilde Jansen (Meertens Instituut), 'Dialect Levelling on the Island of Ameland'

Ronny Keulen (KULeuven), 'Some Limburgian Developments Resisting Standardization and Regiolectization'

Tom Smits (UAntwerpen), 'Dialectverlies en Regiolectvorming aan de Nederlands-Duitse Grens'


Evelien Van Renterghem & Johan De Caluwe (UGent), 'Regiolectisering en 'Vertussentaling' in Vlaanderen'

Afternoon, Parallel Session 2 (Grote Zaal):

Leen Impe, Dirk Speelman & Dirk Geeraerts (KULeuven), 'Linguistic and Extra-linguistic Influences on Intelligibility in the Low Countries'

Kathy Rys (FWO-Vlaanderen / UAntwerpen), 'The Behaviour of Primary vs. Secondary Features in Second Dialect Acquisition'

Wilbert Heeringa & Frans Hinskens (Meertens Instituut), 'The Measurement of Dutch Dialect Change: Lexicon Versus Morphology Versus Sound Components'


Koen Plevoets, 'The Rise of Regional Varieties of Standard Dutch in late twentieth Century Affluent Flanders'

Frans Hinskens (Meertens Instituut / VU), 'Koineisation in the Present-day Dutch Dialect Landscape. Questions, Findings and More Questions'

On behalf of the organizers,

Gunther De Vogelaer
Wilbert Heeringa

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