QLVL members - Kristina Geeraert


Kristina Geeraert studied Linguistics at the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Canada and received her PhD in 2015. Her dissertation investigated idiomatic variation in English from a multi-methodological perspective. Kristina joined QLVL in 2016 as a post-doctoral fellow on the Nephological Semantics project, exploring semasiological and onomasiological variation using token-based vector space models.






E-mail: kristina.geeraert@kuleuven.be
Phone: +32 16 32 82 93
Surface mail: Department of Linguistics, Blijde-Inkomststraat 21 PO Box 03308, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium
Office: room 02.40 of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Leuven



Language variation lies at the heart of Kristina's research interests, from non-standard usage to formal and semantic differences in expression. She employs different corpus-based and experimental methods and approaches in her research to examine how variation is utilized and how we understand that variation. Currently, Kristina is involved in the Nephological Semantics Project, the purpose of which is to explore how token-based vector semantics can be used in the study of onomasiological and semasiological variation. Specifically, she is enhancing distributional semantic models by incorporating additional lectometric variables (e.g. sociolinguistic, geographical, stylistic variables) to determine whether semantic variants can be further differentiated along these dimensions.


Newman, J. and K. Geeraert. (2014). TIME in a semantically-annotated corpus of Canadian English. In B. Lewandowska-Tomaszczyk and K. Kosecki (Eds.), Time and temporality in language and human experience (pp. 241-262). Peter Lang.

Geeraert, K. and J. Newman. (2011). 'I haven't drank in weeks': The use of past tense forms as past participles in English corpora. In J. Newman, H. Baayen, and S. Rice (Eds.), Corpus-based studies in language use, language learning, and language documentation (pp. 13-33). Amsterdam: Rodopi.