The Noun Phrase: Diversity in Dutch Design and the Design of Diversity


The overall aim of this research program is to contribute to our understanding of the phenomenon of grammatical (more in particular, syntactic) diversity and the way it is encoded, its design, in human language. This will be done by taking a micro-comparative approach towards linguistic variation in the nominal system. This means that linguistic variation will be studied from a “single-language” perspective, i.c. Dutch. The approach towards linguistic diversity taken in this study can thus be characterized as Comparative Dutch Linguistics. The linguistic data that will constitute the empirical comparative basis for this study will come from contemporary-dialectal and older variants of Dutch. An advantage of this research line is that, given the global similarity of the Dutch grammatical systems compared, we can more easily identify the finely-grained grammatical differences that exist between languages and the correlations that exist between varying grammatical properties. This way, we will get a richer and more precise understanding of the notion of linguistic diversity (i.e. parametrization).


Book or monography

  • M. van Koppen & B. Botma(2008): Linguistics in the Netherlands 2008. pp. 245
  • H. Kranendonk(2010): Quantificational Constructions in the Nominal Domain , Utrecht


  • H. Kranendonk(2010): Quantificational constructions in the nominal domain. , Utrecht  September 8, 2010

Chapter in book

  • H. Kranendonk, C. Keskin et al(2006): UiL-OTS Yearbook 2006
  • M. van Koppen, J. Costa & M.C. Figueiredo Silva(2006): Studies on agreement pp. 121 - 140 , Amsterdam
  • J.M. van Koppen, N.F.M. prof. dr. corver, J. Nunes(2007): The Copy Theory of movement pp. 321 - 350 , Amsterdam/Philadelphia
  • J.M. van Koppen, J. Nunes, N.F.M Corver(2007): The copy theory of movement pp. 327 - 350 , Amsterdam/Philadelphia
  • M. van Koppen(2008): Linguistic Variation Yearbook.
  • M. van Koppen (& J. van Craenenbroeck)(2008): Microvariation in Syntactic Doubling
  • H. Kranendonk, J. van Craenenbroeck, J. Rooryck, N Corver(2008): Linguistic Variation Yearbook , Amsterdam
  • M. Putnam, M. van Koppen, A. Alexiadou(2009): Advances in Comparative Germanic Syntax pp. 41 - 59 , Amsterdam/Philadelphia
  • N.F.M. Corver, M. van Koppen(2010): Over lidwoorden en voornaamwoorden in de Nederlandse dialecten pp. 127 - 140
  • J. Caluwe & J. van Keymeulen, N. Corver & M. van Koppen(2010): Voor Magda. Artikelen voor Magda Devos bij haar afscheid van de Universiteit Gent. , Gent
  • N. Corver & M. van Koppen, P. Sleeman & H. Perridon(2011): The Noun Phrase in Romance and Germanic: Structure, variation and change

Scientific article

  • M. van Koppen (samen met J. van Craenenbroeck)(2002): Theorie, empirie en subjectverdubbeling: een antwoord op Haegeman (2005). Taal en Tongval (themanummer dialectsyntaxis) pp. 63 - 86
  • (2005): Waffere?? Een onderzoeksproject naar syntactische variatie in het Nederlands Nednr. 101 pp. 20 - 22
  • M. van Koppen (samen met: S. Barbiers)(2006): Een plaats voor tijd in het middenveld van de Nederlandse zin Taal en Tongval
  • M. van Koppen(2007): Agreement with coordinated subjects: a comparartive perspective john benjamins publishing company pp. 121 - 161
  • J. van Craenenbroeck, M. van Koppen(2008): Pronominal doubling in Dutch dialect: big DP's and coordinations
  • M. van Koppen & B. Botma (eds.)(2008): Linguistics in the Netherlands 2008. John Benjamins, Amsterdam/Philadelphia. Linguistics in the Netherlands 2008
  • M. van Koppen (& C. Cremers)(2008): Boolean Agreement in Tegelen Dutch. Lingua pp. 1064 - 1079
  • N. Corver, M. van Koppen(2009): Let's focus on NP-ellipsis Groninger Arbeiten zur Germanistischen Linguistik pp. 3 - 26
  • N. Corver & M. van Koppen(2010): Ellipsis in Dutch possessive noun phrases: a micro-comparative approach Journal of Comparative Germanic Linguistics
  • E. Aboh, N. Corver, M. Dyakonova & M. van Koppen(2010): DP-internal information structure: Some introductory remarks. Lingua
  • N. Corver & M. van Koppen(2011): NP-ellipsis with adjectival remnants: a micro-comparative perspective. (accepted for publication; to appear in 2011?) Natural Language and Linguistic Theory
  • M. Van Koppen(2011): NP-ellipsis with adjectival remnants: a micro-comparative perspective Natural Language and Linguistic Theory pp. 371 - 421
  • M. van Koppen(2011): The distribution of phi-features in pronouns. (accepted for publication; presumable year of appearance: 2011) Natural Language and Linguistic Theory

Professional publication

  • M. Rigterink(2005): Rigterink, M. 2005. Dutch Demonstrative constructions: a microcomparative approach. UiLtjesdagen, May 9 2005. Utrecht University, UiL-OTS.
  • M. Van Koppen, Rigterink(2005): Koppen, M. van & M. Rigterink. 2005. Waffere??Een onderzoeksproject naar syntactische variatie in het Nederlands. In: Nednr., tijdschrift nedwerk alumnivereniging Utrechts neerlandici 101. pp. 20-22.

Publications for the general public

  • N.F.M. Corver, Van Koppen, Kranendonk, Rigterink, Kunst(2005): DP-database: an inventory of microvariation data from reference grammars of Dutch concerning noun phrases
  • N.F.M. Corver, Van Koppen, Kranendonk, Rigterink(2005): Koppen, M. van, N. Corver, H. Kranendonk and M. Rigterink. 2005. Diversity in Dutch DP Design. Scandiasyn Grand Meeting, August 25-27 2005. Leikanger, Norway. (Project presentatie)
  • M. van Koppen(2005): Koppen, M. van. 2005. The accessibility of copies of movement. Wednesday Syntax Meeting, April 27 2005. Leiden University, LUCL. (lezing)
  • N.F.M. Corver (samen met Van Koppen)(2005): Corver, N. & M. van Koppen 2005. Let?s focus on noun ellipsis. Sounds of Silence Conference, October 19-20 2005. Tilburg University. (lezing)
  • H. Kranendonk(2005): Kranendonk, H. 2005. DP internal quantification and Negation: a microcomparative approach. SAM2, November 8 2005. Utrecht University, UiL-OTS. (Lezing)
  • M. Rigterink(2005): Rigterink, M. 2005. Demonstrative constructions involving a deictic adverb. Tabudag, June 3 2005. University of Groningen. (Lezing)
  • M. Rigterink(2005): Rigterink, M. 2005. About the properties of demonstratives in evaluative constructions. Workshop on Nominal Anaphors, December 21 2005. Utrecht University, UiL-OTS. (Lezing)
  • N.F.M. Corver (samen met van Koppen)(2005): Corver, N. & M. van Koppen. 2005. Microvariation and ellipsis in the wat voor-construction. Wednesday Syntax Meeting, Leiden University, LUCL. (Lezing)
  • N.F.M. Corver, Van Koppen, Kranendonk, Rigterink(2006): Questionnaires for elicitation of microvariation data concerning noun phrases in Dutch dialects
  • E. Aboh, N. Corver, M. Dyakanova, M. van Koppen (eds)(2009): DP-internal information structure (special issue journal Lingua)


Project number


Main applicant

Prof. dr. N.F.M. Corver

Affiliated with

Universiteit Utrecht, Faculteit Geesteswetenschappen, Letteren

Team members

Dr. J.M. van Koppen, Dr. H. Kranendonk, Drs. M. Rigterink, ZZZ ZZ stud.ass. GW


01/01/2005 to 28/12/2010