QLVL members - Stefan Grondelaers


Stefan Grondelaers studied English and Linguistics. In March 2000 he received his PhD from the Department of Linguistics of Leuven, where he now works as a postdoc research assistant. In the current academic year, 2005-2006, Stef is also a guest lecturer at the Department of Linguistics of the Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen, the Netherlands.




From 1990 onwards Stefan Grondelaers has been working on several research projects, investigating language structural and contextual variation in the field of content words as well as function words. He has also been active in empirically based pragmatics, discourse linguistics, and psycholinguistics. His PhD thesis focused on the sociolexicology, the pragmatics, and the psycholinguistics of Modern Dutch presentative er "there" (supervisor: Dirk Geeraerts).

Stef currently acts as co-supervisor of Stefania Marzo's PhD research, with the title "Il repertorio bilingue degli Italiani in Limburgo. Uno studio sociolinguistico dell'italiano in contatto con il neerlandese, presso la seconda e la terza generazione" ("The bilingual repertorium of the Italians in Limburg. A sociolinguistic study of language contact in the second and third generations"). Main supervisor is Prof. Dr. Serge Vanvolsem.

In addition, Stef is a member of the editorial board of the journal "Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory". This journal, which was conceived as "a forum for high-quality corpus-based studies with a focus on issues that are relevant to linguistic theory" was first issued in July 2005 by Mouton de Gruyter. The founding editors are dr. Stefan T. Gries en dr. Anatol Stefanowitsch.

Representative publications

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

Grondelaers, S., D. Speelman & D. Geeraerts. In press. "National
variation in the use of er "there". Regional and diachronic constraints on cognitive explanations".
In Gitte Kristiansen & René Dirven (red.), Cognitive Sociolinguistics: Language Variation, Cultural Models, Social Systems. Berlijn: Mouton de Gruyter.

Grondelaers, S., M. Brysbaert, D. Speelman & D. Geeraerts. 2002. "Er als accessibility marker: on- en offline evidentie voor een procedurele interpretatie van presentatieve zinnen". Gramma/TTT 9(1): 1-22.

Grondelaers, S., H. Van Aken, D. Speelman & D. Geeraerts. 2001. "Inhoudswoorden en preposities als standaardiseringsindicatoren. De diachrone en synchrone status van het Belgische Nederlands". Nederlandse Taalkunde 6(3): 179-202.