QLVL members - Koen Plevoets


Koen Plevoets was a student of Germanic Languages at the University of Leuven from 1997 until 2001, during which he also received a Certificate in Philosophy. Next, he obtained two advanced master degrees: one in Artificial Intelligence (2001-2002), and the other in Statistics (2002-2003). Koen then worked in the QLVL research unit for five years, and successfully defended his PhD in the spring of 2008.



E-mail: koen.plevoets@arts.kuleuven.be
Phone: ++32 16 32 48 20
Fax: ++32 16 32 47 67
Surface mail: Department of Linguistics, Blijde-Inkomststraat 21 PO Box 03308, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium
Office: room 02.37 of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Leuven



The PhD project of Koen Plevoets constitutes the Flemish part of an interuniversitary cooperation between QLVL on the one hand and Roeland van Hout and Harald Baayen of the University of Nijmegen on the other.

The research focuses on spoken and colloquial Dutch. In Flanders, colloquial Dutch predominantly involves the so-called "tussentaal". The "tussentaal" (literally, in-between language) is a specific variety of Belgian Dutch that is situated somewhere 'in-between' the dialects and the standard language. Typically, there is less uniformity between the "tussentaal" and the Belgian variety of standard Dutch than between informal Netherlandic Dutch and standard Netherlandic Dutch.

In this respect, the study will address the following three main research questions:

    1. Which dimensions determine the internal variation of the "tussentaal" variety?
    2. Is the structure of the register variation the same in Netherlandic Dutch and Belgian Dutch?
    3. What is the relationship between "tussentaal" and other (e.g. written) registers?

Methodologically, the aim is to answer these questions by means of the recently released CGN Corpus of Spoken Dutch.

Representative publications

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

Plevoets, K., D. Speelman & D. Geeraerts (in press). "A corpus-based study of colloquial Flemish". Proceedings of the Language History from Below Conference.