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Oostendorp, Marc van

Oostendorp, Marc van

Marc van Oostendorp, born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, in 1967. Ph.D. from Tilburg University. Researcher of Variational Linguistics at Meertens Institute.

KB Fellow (1 September 2013 – 31 January 2014)


Research Question

How did iambic rhythm get introduced into Dutch fourteenth/fifteenth-century poetry, and to what extent can this be found out by electronic means?

Project Description

In the course of the 14/15th Century, the traditional ‘Germanic’ rhythm in poetry (a fixed number of beats in a line, but no fixed number of intermediary unstressed syllables) was replaced by a more regular (iambic/trochaic) rhythm, borrowed from Italian humanists, with every beat preceded or followed by exactly one unstressed syllable. How did this happen? And: how can we find out by computational means?

Selected Publications

1) Coloured Containment. A Theory of Faithfulness in Phonology. Berlin: Mouton-De Gruyter, to appear.

2) Phonology between Theory and Data. Langues et cultures 45:210-238. 2013.

3) Taalverloedering. Series of 6 cd’s for the general public. The Hague: Home Academy. 2013.

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