QLVL members - Freek Van de Velde


Freek Van de Velde (°1979) [full cv] got his MA in Germanic Language Studies from the University of Leuven in 2001. He defended his PhD on the history of the noun phrase in Dutch in 2007 and worked subsequently on several postdoctoral projects funded by Lessius Research Fund, Leuven BOF Research Fund and FWO, and taught a broad range of courses, mainly in the field of language variation and change. His main research interests are the morphosyntax of Dutch and related languages, theoretical models of language change and evolutionary approaches to language.





E-mail: freek.vandevelde@kuleuven.be
Tel.: +32 16 32 48 10
Surface mail: Department of Linguistics, Blijde-Inkomststraat 21 PO Box 03308, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium
Office: room 02.27 of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Leuven



Freek's research focuses on:

  • Morphosyntactic change in Dutch and related languages
  • Generalised Darwinism and cultural evolutionary models of language change
  • (Diachronic) Construction Grammar
  • Grammaticalisation and Emergent Grammar
  • Functional Discourse Grammar

Representative publications

The following publications are representative of Freek's research. The rest of his published work can be found in the QLVL publication list or in the Lirias repository (including downloadables).

Van de Velde, Freek & Joop van der Horst (2013). "Homoplasy in diachronic grammar". Language Sciences 36: 66-77.

Van de Velde, Freek (2010). "The emergence of the determiner in the Dutch NP". Linguistics 48: 263-299.

Van de Velde, Freek (2011). "Left-peripheral expansion of the English NP". English Language and Linguistics 15: 387-415.