The project investigates the pathways and theoretical implications of contact-related change in the formal and semantic properties of schematic grammatical constructions and/or in their frequency of use. The empirical focus is on selected argument structure constructions from 19th Century Belgian Dutch (contact language: French) and from present-day Belgian and Netherlandic Dutch (contact language: English).
The project EVALISA aims to investigate case marking and argument structure from a historical perspective, or more precisely non-nominative case marking of subjects. focusing on its development through the history of the indo-European languages. One of the products emerging from the project is an electronically searchable database of predicates taking non-nomitave subject marking, available to the research community at large
Mind and Formal Structures: On the Kripke-Ross Argument Against Naturalizing Formal Understanding KU Leuven
The philosophy of mind can be described as a conjunction of three problems: 1) the problem of qualia (our conscious, phenomenal, qualitative feel and experience of the world), 2) the problem of intentionality (the aboutness of certain mental states) and 3) the problem of thought (concepts, judgments, abstraction, logical reasoning, etc.). Traditional arguments against naturalism have for the most part focused on 1) and 2), although primarily on ...
Formal and Computational Linguistics (ComForT), Leuven, Quantitative Lexicology and Variational Linguistics (QLVL), Leuven
In the sentence the dog ate my homework the verb ate has two arguments: the dog and my homework. The way these arguments are syntactically realised here as a subject and a direct object is known in syntactic theory as argument realisation. This research proposal is about the argument realisation of verbs that express an experience process, like frighten, amaze or irritate. The meaning of such verbs makes it difficult to fit them into a ...
Alternations between direct and prepositional objects in Dutch. An in-depth, data-driven approach to variation in argument realization. KU Leuven
ith a large number of quite diverse Dutch verbs, the language user has a choice to express the object argument as a direct object (1) or a prepositional object (2).
(1) Dirk zoekt zijn sleutels.
(2) Dirk zoekt naar zijn sleutels.
‘Dirk is searching his keys.’
(1) De koning regeert zijn volk.
(2) De koning regeert over zijn volk
‘The king rules his people.’
This project will ...
The topic of my PhD research is the epistemology of modality, that is, the study of knowledge (and more broadly, justified belief) about what is possible, necessary, impossible and contingent. Interest in the field comes from its relevance for the methodology of philosophy itself, where modal claims are often used as premises in arguments or as presuppositions. For example, this happens in the development of thought experiments. Accordingly, ...
The project is concerned with the syntax of the Latin Verb Phrase and Tense Phrase, and in with particular the distribution of the verb, its arguments and functional elements like adverbs and negation. The research is based on a corpus of over 3.500.000 words, ranging from 350 BC to 550 AD. The theoretical background is that of generative syntax.
Sustainable anthelmintic use in the Belgian cattle Ghent University
Gastrointestinal nematode (GIN) infections are a common constraint isture-based dairy herds and cause a decrease in animal health, productivity and farm profitability. Current control practices to prevent production losses of GIN infections in livestock depend largely on the use of anthelmintic drugs. However, due to the intensive use of these drugs, the industry is increasingly confronted with anthelmintic drug-resistant nematode ...
All software is represented as source code in a programming language. The programming language defines the meaning or semantics of the code, for example, its operational behaviour. Computational source code is often accompanied by additional specifications that define how the source code should be interpreted or provide additional information about the softwares semantics. They make it possible for programmers to express and verify that their ...
Variation and change in constructional semantics Ghent University
The project is situated at the intersection of
construction grammar, historical linguistics, and variationist
sociolinguistics On the basis of extensive qualitative and quantitative corpus
research into the semantic properties of Dutch argument structure
constructions across regional, stylistic, and diachronic varieties of the
language, the project aims to identify and analyze patterns of ...