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Research interests

Diversity in Language and Culture


2009- Professor 'Diversity in Language and Culture' (endowed chair), Tilburg University

2022- Senior researcher, KNAW - Meertens Instituut

2004-2021 Advisor at cultural heritage foundation 'Erfgoed Brabant'.

2000-2008 Postdoc Linguistics, Radboud University Nijmegen.

1995-2000 Research assistant + PhD-project, Linguistics and Dialectology, Nijmegen University.

PhD supervision

2017: Sandra Wagemakers - Brabant is here. Making sense of regional identification. 

2021: Maxy Bak-Piard - Nederlands in de Lerarenopleiding op Curaçao en Bonaire: Een onderzoek naar het ontwerp en de uitvoering van een programma Taalvaardigheid Nederlands

2019--: Kristel Doreleijers (NWO) - Changing gender: language variation and change in gender marking in Dutch dialects

2019--: Xuefei Tang - Political Discourse in China

2020--: Joske Piepers (NWO) - Awkward pronouns in Limburgian-Dutch language contact: Investigating cultural impact on language use

2020--: Marina Gotovina - Shaping Social Change: Practices, Identities and Ideologies of Bosnian, Croatian, and Serbian Diaspora in North America

2022--: Matthias Wolny - Multi-level linguistic integration and complex communicative spaces in the age of globalised migration

Current courses

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External positions

Senior Researcher (KNAW - Meertens Instituut)

3 Jan 2022 → …

Consultant/editor Cultural Heritage (Erfgoed Brabant)

1 Jan 200931 Dec 2021


  • Dialect And Society
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Identity
  • Popular Culture
  • Youth Culture
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Dialectology
  • Linguistics


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