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Life cycle of liquids

Project leader: Marc van Oostendorp

Research staff: Ben Hermans, Frans Hinskens, Etske Ooijevaar

Finance: Meertens Institute

Short description:

This project studies the sociolinguistic and phonological make-up of the consonants /l/ and /r/ (together known as liquids), both in contemporary varieties of Dutch and in its diachronic development. For centuries, the Dutch liquids are undergoing changes. The project will use a modern type of fieldwork that combines advanced phonetic measurements with sociolinguistic methodology. For studying the historical sources, electronic sources from Nederlab will be used.