In the autumn of 2013 linguist Marc van Oostendorp took up a fellowship at the National Library of the Netherlands (KB) and the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Science (NIAS).
As the first fellow in Digital Humanities, Van Oostendorp intends to survey the historical development of rhythm in Dutch texts. Over the coming months he will be using computer programs to explore vast quantities of Dutch texts which have been digitized. Comparing a wide variety of text files, ranging from the historical Digital Daily newspapers to the digital ANP radio news bulletins, should expose variations in accentuation in Dutch.
Van Oostendorp will develop his findings further at the NIAS in Wassenaar and present them in a closing public lecture on 15 January 2014. Prior to this, at the annual Science Dinner on 1 October 2013, he will be speaking on the use and the future of big data and digital humanities. The Science Dinner is a networking event for professionals in the world of science and technology, and this year’s theme is Digital Treasures.
Marc van Oostendorp
Professor Marc van Oostendorp (born 1967) is Professor of Phonological Microvariation at Leiden University and is also a senior researcher at the Meertens Institute. He is a prolific writer on language, publishing articles, academic and non-specialist books, columns in magazines and newspapers and blogs such as Neder-L (nederl.blogspot.nl). In 1996 his dissertation was awarded the AVT/Anéla Dissertatieprijs, presented by the Society for General Linguistics and the Association for Applied Linguistics for the best Dutch dissertation in linguistics from the previous year. His work for non-specialist readers won him an oeuvre prize from the Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics (LOT) in 2005.
Joint venture between KB and NIAS
Marc van Oostendorp is the tenth in a line of renowned researchers to have been invited to the KB and NIAS since 2005. The NIAS (Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences) uses this fellowship to promote itself as a leading international and interdisciplinary community of top researchers. The KB uses the fellowship to highlight its role as an academic library and in particular the opportunities for research offered by its collections.