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Towards a social typology of language contact and genesis in the (post-) colonial context using the example of overseas Dutch-based varieties

vrijdag, 23 november, 2012 - 10:00 to zaterdag, 24 november, 2012 - 15:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
Promotiezaal D.2.01

This sociolinguistic workshop brings together specialists of overseas Dutch-based varieties which used to be spoken – or are still spoken – in regions of the world that were colonized by the Netherlands. Attention is also given to contact between Dutch, or Dutch-based varieties, and other languages spoken locally. The Caribbean region, namely Suriname, Curaçao and the Virgin Islands will feature centrally in the workshop, but attention will also be given to Southern Africa (the Cape), North America (New Amsterdam) and what used to be the Dutch East Indies. The purpose of this workshop is to produce a comparative picture of the various sociological and linguistic settings that promoted – or prevented – the expansion of Dutch or Dutch-based varieties overseas, and to shed light on the current modes of cohabitation between Dutch/Afrikaans and other languages.

Speakers and their contributions   

  • Peter Bakker (Aarhus Universitet)
    Three Dutch creoles in comparison
  • Silvia Kouwenberg (University of the West Indies)
    Dutch Guiana: the historical context of creole language emergence in Berbice and Essequibo 
  • Cefas van Rossem (Radboud Universiteit)
    Maternity visit on St. Thomas: the first stage of Negerhollands
  • Jan Noordegraaf (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)
    Afrikaans versus American Low Dutch: linguistic divergences in a sociolinguistic context
  • Robbert van Sluijs (Radboud Universiteit)
    What’s past is past: a quantitative study of the expression of past time references in Negerhollands
  • Bart Jacobs (Universität Konstanz/Radboud Universiteit)
    The Curaçao Paradox, or why a Dutch-based creole never emerged on Curaçao
  • Margot Vandenberg (Radboud Universiteit)
    Bakratongo and Ningretongo  varieties of Early Sranan in the Suriname Creole Archive
  • Frans Hinskens (Meertens Instituut)
    The historical lenition and deletion of intervocalic / intersonorant voiced obstruents in Afrikaans
  • Caroline Morris (Meertens Instituut)
    A database of Cape Dutch Pidgin
  • Herman Giesbers (Radboud Universiteit)
    Sporen van taalpolitiek in Nederlands-Indië
  • Gerald Stell (FWO/VUB/UP)
    Race, ethnicity and language formation: colour-based divisions as an explanation for the formation    of Afrikaans.
  • Robert Borges (Radboud Universiteit)
    The Dutch influence on Suriname’s creoles
  • Leonie Cornips (Meertens Instituut) & Vincent De Rooij (Universiteit van Amsterdam)
    Youth urban vernaculars: the contact setting between Dutch and Sranan
  • Pieter Muysken (Radboud Universiteit)
    Language change in a multiple contact setting: Suriname
  • Kofi Yakpo (Radboud Universiteit)
    Dutch in Suriname: an agent of language change


  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel
  • Pleinlaan 2
  • 1050 Elsene
  • Promotiezaal D.2.01


  • Friday 23 november 2012 from 10.00 to 17.00
  • Saturday 24 november from 09.30 to 15.00

More info? 

Gerald Stell, gstell@vub.ac.be. Take a look at his homepage.

Pieter Muysken, p.muysken@let.ru.nl. Take a look at his homepage.