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Lauren Fonteyn

University Lecturer

Name
Dr. L. Fonteyn
Telephone
+31 71 527 2727
E-mail
l.fonteyn@hum.leidenuniv.nl
ORCID iD
0000-0001-5706-8418

My research is aimed at explaining how and why the grammar of living languages, such as English and Dutch, has changed (and will continue to change) over time. In more specific projects, I investigated the extent to which individual speakers may have (unwittingly) contributed to grammatical change simply by using language in everyday life, and looked into the question whether the grammar individuals acquire as children can still be (substantially) adjusted during adulthood. Most recently, I started exploring whether and to what extent computational language models capture the subtle (and ever-changing) meanings humans can express by using different types of grammatical structures, and how such models can be employed to facilitate research in Humanities and Social Sciences.

Since September 2020, I have been a member of the Young Academy Leiden, and as of 2021, I will lead a two-year research infrastructure project to develop a suite of neural language models trained on historical language varieties (funded by PDI-SSH).

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Research

My research is aimed at explaining how and why the grammar of living languages, such as English and Dutch, has changed (and will continue to change) over time. In more specific projects, I investigated the extent to which individual speakers may have (unwittingly) contributed to grammatical change simply by using language in everyday life, and looked into the question whether the grammar individuals acquire as children can still be (substantially) adjusted during adulthood. Most recently, I started exploring whether and to what extent computational language models capture the subtle (and ever-changing) meanings humans can express by using different types of grammatical structures, and how such models can be employed to facilitate research in Humanities and Social Sciences. Among other things, I am interested in using new methods to get a firmer understanding of language change, and creating ways to quantify developments of the perhaps-not-so-easily-quantifiable aspects of language.

CV

2018 - present: University Lecturer (Assistant Prof), English Linguistics, Leiden University 
2016 - 2018: University Lecturer (Assistant Prof), English (historical) linguistics, University of Manchester 
2012 - 2016: PhD Linguistics, KU Leuven 
2011 - 2012: MA Linguistics & Literature [English & Dutch] 
2008 - 2011: BA Linguistics & Literature [English & Dutch]

Key publications

Fonteyn, L. (2019). Categoriality in language change: the case of the English gerund. Oxford studies in the history of English. Oxford: OUP. 

De Smet, H., D’Hoedt, F., Fonteyn, L. & K. Van Goethem. 2018. The changing functions of competing forms: attraction and differentiation. Cognitive Linguistics, 29(2), 197-234. 

Fonteyn, L. 2018. Assessing theory with practice: an evaluation of two aspectual-semantic classification models of gerundive nominalizations. Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory. 

Fonteyn, L. 2017. The aggregate and the individual: thoughts on how to make the best of ‘bad data’. English Language and Linguistics, 21(2), 251-262. 

Fonteyn, L. & S. Hartmann. 2016. Usage-based perspectives on diachronic morphology: a mixed-methods approach towards English ing-nominals. Linguistics Vanguard, 2(1), 1-12. 

Fonteyn, L. & N. van de Pol. 2016. Divide and conquer: the formation and functional dynamics of the Modern English ing-clause network. English Language and Linguistics, 20(2), 185-219. 

Fonteyn, L. 2016. From nominal to verbal gerunds: a referential typology. Functions of Language, 23(1), 82-106. 

Fonteyn, L., De Smet, H. & L. Heyvaert. 2015. What it means to verbalize: the changing discourse functions of the English gerund. Journal of English Linguistics, 43(1), 1-25. 

Fonteyn, L., Heyvaert, L. & C. Maekelberghe. 2015. How do gerunds conceptualize events? A diachronic study. Cognitive Linguistics, 26(4), 583-612.

University Lecturer

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Leiden Univ Centre for Linguistics
  • LUCL Engels

Work address

Arsenaal
Arsenaalstraat 1
2311 CT Leiden
Room number B1.09

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