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Marijke van der Wal

Professor Emeritus of History of Dutch

Prof.dr. M.J. van der Wal
+31 71 527 2727

Marijke van der Wal is Professor Emeritus of History of Dutch at the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics.

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Research interests:

  • history of Dutch
  • language change
  • language history from below
  • standardisation process
  • uniformity versus diversity
  • ego-documents
  • historiography of linguistics


Research programme Letters as Loot. Towards a Non-Standard View on the History of Dutch, funded by NWO (Free Competition Grant).


Gijsbert Rutten & Marijke van der (2014), Letters as Loot. A sociolinguistic approach to seventeenth-and eighteenth-century Dutch. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company. (book, OPEN ACCESS)

Brieven als Buit corpus

2014 - 2018

Supervisor in researchprogramme Going Dutch. The Construction of Dutch in Policy, Practice and Discourse, 1750-1850 (NWO VIDI-Grant Gijsbert Rutten).

2018 – present 

Supervisor in researchprogramme Pardon my French? Dutch-French Language Contact in The Netherlands, 1500-1900 (Free Competition Grant Gijsbert Rutten)

Brieven als Buit-2/ Letters as Loot-2, an additional collection of letters, compiled by Marijke van der Wal, 1st release 26 February 2021www.brievenalsbuit2.ivdnt.org 


Other publications can be found under 'Publications' (top of page).

Interviews & TV

Curriculum Vitae

2009 – 2019              Chair History of Dutch (Merweborgh foundation)

2006 – 2009             KNAW-Muller chair History of Dutch

Main editorial activities

2012 - present          Editor of the bookseries Advances in Historical Sociolinguistics (in collaboration with Terttu Nevalainen, Helsinki)

1995 – 2011              Co-editor of the linguistic journal Nederlandse Taalkunde

Professor Emeritus of History of Dutch

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


  • Vereniging Thorbecke -
  • Stichting Professor Mr. J.R. Thorbecke Leerstoel -
  • International Association for Legislation -
  • Thorbecke- en Bachienestichting -
  • Vrienden van de Juridische Faculteit -
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