Leiden University Centre for Digital Humanities
Areas of interest
comparative syntax, parallel corpora, data search and mining in linguistic databases, digital research infrastructure for linguistics
CLARIAH (scientific leader WP3); Detectic Syntactic Differences Automatically (DeSDA; supervisor PhD project Martin Kroon
As a senior researcher on syntactic variation at the Meertens Institute (KNAW) Sjef Barbiers was the project leader of the NWO/FWO project Syntactic Atlas of the Dutch Dialects (SAND; 2000-2005). He was responsible for the linguistic design of the data collection corresponding to SAND and of the functionality of the digital tools associated with it, in particular the search and geographic visualization tools (DynaSAND). From 2005 until 2010 Sjef Barbiers was the PI of the ESF funded EURYI project European Dialect Syntax (Edisyn), which had as one of its goals to set up an international network of dialect syntax research groups and to create a research infrastrure that would make federated and aggregated search in various dialect syntactic data collections and corpora across Europe possible, and to visualize the search results on geographic maps. From 2009-20015 he was involved in the NWO RoadMap research infrastructure project CLARIN. He was the scientific leader of the small CLARIN project MIMORE in which three dialect data collections were integrated and made searchable with a common search engine. The MIMORE tool also makes set theoretic analysis of search results possible and search results can be depicted on geographic maps. Currently, Sjef Barbiers is involved in three DigHum projects. He is the scientific leader of WP3, the linguistics work package of the NWO RoadMap project CLARIAH. He is one of the leaders of the scientific track of the NWO Groot project Nederlab (research portal for Dutch historical texts) and he is one of the applicants and supervisors of the Leiden University data science project Detecting Syntactic Differences Automatically (DeSDA) carried out by PhD student Martin Kroon.