QLVL members - Dirk Speelman


Dirk Speelman (1965) studied Classical Languages and Information Technology. He obtained a PhD in Linguistics in 1997 with a study on the design and development of research software in support of corpus-based variationist linguistics. He currently is Associate Professor at the Department of Linguistics at the KU Leuven. He teaches courses on information science, statistics for the humanities, linguistic methodology (especially corpus linguistics) and usage-based model of language.

E-mail: dirk.speelman@arts.kuleuven.be
Phone: ++32 16 32 48 24
Fax: ++32 16 32 47 67
Surface mail: Department of Linguistics, Blijde-Inkomststraat 21 PO Box 03308, B-3000 Leuven, Belgium
Office: room 02.41 of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Leuven



Dirk's main research interest lies in the fields of corpus linguistics, computational lexicology and variational linguistics in general. Much of his work focuses on methodology and on the application of statistical and other quantitative methods to the study of language. Some topics that he currently works on are:

  • distributional semantics and its application to the study op language variation
  • quantitative measures in support of aggregate level analyses of lexical variation

Representative publications

The following publications are representative of Dirk's research. The rest of his published work can be found in the QLVL publication list.

Speelman, Dirk, Stefan Grondelaers & Dirk Geeraerts. 2008. "Variation in the choice of adjectives in the two main national varieties of Dutch". In G. Kristiansen and R. Dirven (eds.) Cognitive Sociolinguistics: Language Variation, Cultural Models, Social Systems 205-233. Berlin - New York: Mouton de Gruyter.

Speelman, Dirk, Stefan Grondelaers & Dirk Geeraerts. 2006. "A profile-based calculation of region and register variation: the synchronic and diachronic status of the two main national varieties of Dutch". In Andrew Wilson, Dawn Archer & Paul Rayson (red.), Corpus Linguistics around the World 195-202. Amsterdam: Rodopi.

Speelman, Dirk, Stefan Grondelaers & Dirk Geeraerts. 2003. "Profile-based linguistic uniformity as a generic method for comparing language varieties". Computers and the Humanities 37: 317-337.