QLVL members - Josť Tummers


Josť Tummers studied Romance Languages at the University of Leuven (1994-1998) and linguistics at the KU Leuven and the UI Antwerpen (1998-2001). From 1999 to 2005, he worked as a research assistant at the Department of Linguistics at the University of Leuven, where he successfully defended his PhD in the autumn of 2005. Since then he has been working as a lecturer at the Katholieke Hogeschool Leuven.




The alternation between inflected and uninflected adjectives in definite Dutch NPs with a singular neuter head noun

This PhD project deals with a specific type of inflectional variation in Dutch NPs, viz. the alternation between the inflected and uninflected adjective in a definite NP with a singular neuter head noun will be analysed. The goal of the present investigation is to identify the parameters that constrain the alternation between both inflectional variants in actual language use. The effect of language-internal as well as language-external factors will be measured.

The most important explanatory factors are:

  • the prosodic structure of the prosodic phrase constituted by the NP,
  • the semantics of the adjective-noun combination,
  • the regional variety of Dutch,
  • the register.
Multivariate statistics will be used to model the network of intertwined parameters governing the inflectional alternation. The following research questions will be addressed:
  • What is the impact of the different language internal and language external parameters?
  • What is the combined effect of the different parameters?
  • Do we need different models to account for the adjectival variation in Netherlandic Dutch and in Belgian Dutch, the uninflected adjective being the only natural variant in Belgian dialects?

Representative publications

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

Speelman, Dirk; Tummers, Josť; Geeraerts, Dirk (2009) Lexical patterning in a construction grammar. The effect of lexical co-occurrence patterns on the inflectional variation in Dutch attributive adjectives Constructions and Frames 1, p. 87-118.

Tummers, Josť, Kris Heylen & Dirk Geeraerts. 2005. "Usage-based approaches in Cognitive Linguistics: A technical state of the art". Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory 1: 225-261.

Tummers, Josť, Dirk Speelman & Dirk Geeraerts. 2005. "Inflectional variation in Belgian and Netherlandic Dutch: A usage-based account of the adjectival inflection". In Nicole Delbecque, Johan van der Auwera & Dirk Geeraerts (eds.), Perspectives on Variation. Sociolinguistic, Historical, Comparative 93-110. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.

Tummers, Josť, Dirk Speelman & Dirk Geeraerts. 2004. "Quantifying semantic effects. The impact of lexical collocations on the inflectional variation of Dutch attributive adjectives". In Gérald Purnelle, Cédrick Fairon & Anne Dister (eds.), Le poids des mots 1079-1088. Louvain-la-Neuve: Presses Universitaires de Louvain.