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).
Phone: ++32 16 32 56 85
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Surface mail: Institute for Modern Languages, Dekenstraat 6, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium
Office: room 02.126 of the Institute for Modern Languages 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.
The following publications are representative of Ann's research. The rest of her published work can be found in the QLVL publication list.
Binon, J., S. Verlinde, J. Van Dyck & A. Bertels. 2000. "Dictionnaire d’Apprentissage du Français des Affaires (DAFA)". Paris: Editions Didier.
Bertels, A., D. Speelman & D. Geeraerts. 2006. "Analyse quantitative et statistique de la sémantique dans un corpus technique". In Actes de TALN-2006 73-82. Leuven, Belgium.
Bertels, A. 2009. "La sémantique du français technique : une étude empirique et quantitative.".International Journal of Applied Linguistics ITL 157: 1-22.