QLVL members - Ann Bertels


Ann Bertels studied Romance Languages at the University of Leuven (1991-1995). Since 1996, she teaches French for Specific Purposes (mainly Business French) at the Leuven Language Institute (ILT, University of Leuven), where she is involved in several research projects on pedagogical lexicography. She was awarded a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Leuven in September 2006 for her quantitative study on the semantics of technical terms in French. Currently, she holds a tenure-track ZAP position at the Leuven Language Institute (ILT).


E-mail: ann.bertels@ilt.kuleuven.be
Phone: +32 16 32 56 85
Fax: +32 16 32 56 56
Surface mail: Leuven Language Institute (ILT), Dekenstraat 6 b 5302, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium
Office: room ILT 03.125 of the Leuven Language Institute (ILT) of the University of Leuven



Ann's research focuses on quantitative semantics, quantitative lexicology, terminology, specialised corpora and corpus linguistics. Her research interests also lie in the field of pedagogical lexicography, language for specific purposes and business communication.

In her PhD, she studied the polysemy of technical terms by means of a quantitative semantic analysis of about 5000 pivotal terms (keywords) in the domain of machining terminology. Building on a double quantitative approach and corpus data (viz. a lemmatised corpus of French technical texts of about 1,7 million tokens), the investigation attempted to find out whether, and to what extent, pivotal lexical items are polysemous. The study aimed to question the traditional univocity ideal in a quantitative way.

Representative publications

The following publications are representative of Ann's research. The rest of her published work can be found in the QLVL publication list.

Bertels, A., Speelman, D. (in press). Clustering for Semantic Purposes: Exploration of Semantic Similarity in a Technical Corpus. Terminology 20 (2).

Bertels, A., Speelman, D. (2013). 'Keywords Method' versus 'Calcul des Spécificités': A comparison of tools and methods. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics 18 (4), 536-560.

Bertels, A., Speelman, D. (2012). La contribution des cooccurrences de deuxième ordre à l'analyse sémantique. Corpus 11, 147-165.