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).
A semantic typology of present-tense constructions. University of Antwerp
A comparative study of alternating presentational constructions in Dutch, English and Italian. Ghent University
This project investigates the functional range of and the alternation between four types of presentational constructions (prosodic inversion, syntactic inversion, syntactic inversion with filler insertion and syntactic split) in Dutch, English and Italian. The constructions are studied both from a language-specific and a contrastive perspective, using magnitude estimation tasks administered online through a crowdsourcing platform.
The grammaticalization of constructions with taxonomic nouns in Polish and Russian: Between prepositional phrase and genitive KU Leuven
The impact of climate change on the durability of wall constructions Ghent University
For new buildings, renovation, as well as conservation of heritage buildings, hygrothermal simulations may predict the durability of façade constructions. The predominant damage phenomena include frost damage, corrosion, and wood decay, and are mainly affected by temperature, relative humidity and wind driven rain. This project aims to assess the impact of climate change on durability, and develop a simulation protocol.
Constructions of a new comics readership through childrenU+2019s material culture: the rise of comics for very young readers in France and Belgium. Ghent University
Taking the Alain Van Passen comics magazine collection as its starting point, this project shows how comics for very young readers (less than 8 years of age, who are gradually acquiring reading skills) has been established, since 1925, as a growing category in comics publishing, coinciding with investments in childrenU+2019s material culture, through the novelization, dramatization and animation of comics.
A contrastive study of evidential verbs of appearance in English and Dutch: Probing the syntax-semantics interface by means of a corpus-based investigation of SEEM/APPEAR/TURN OUT and LIJKEN/SCHIJNEN/BLIJKEN-constructions Ghent University
This project consists in a contrastive study of English and Dutch verbs of appearance, which may serve an evidential function. Adopting a Construction Grammar and grammaticalization theory approach, the project seeks to explore the syntax-semantics interface and to position the constructions on a cline from lexical to grammatical. The constructionsU+2019 functions will be characterized in terms of epistemic modality, evidentiality and ...
Productivity, constructionalization and "expressive" constructions: Tracking productivity shifts in Belgian and Netherlandic 19th to 21st Century Dutch Ghent University
The project focuses on shifts in the constructional productivity of two clusters of "expressive" constructions in Belgian and Netherlandic Dutch since 1800, viz. (i) binominal patterns of the een schat van een kind-type and (ii) intensifying-resultative constructions such as Hij werkte zich dood, with a view to shedding more light on the relation between increasing productivity and constructionalization.