Cora van de Poppe is a PhD-student in the project Language Dynamics in the Dutch Golden Age. She is interested in the literary and cultural effects of language variation in seventeenth-century Dutch. During the first months of her PhD-project, she has investigated variation in the use of the genitive by sixteenth- and seventeenth-century authors. Currently, she focuses on the way linguistic variation contributed to the construction of memories within society. In the first half of the seventeenth century, the dynamic language situation in combination with theological and political controversies during the Twelve Years’ Truce (1609-1621) gave rise to a textual culture of memory, shaped and determined by remonstrant well-educated authors as well as commoners. The research focuses on how authors used the possibilities of their language system to construct textual memories, to organize historical events and create alternative pasts.

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All publications
  2018 - Scholarly publications
van den Noort, C.J. (10.03.2018) Invited speaker Women and Religion Conference Belfast (09.03.2018 - 10.03.2018) Martyrdom and citizenship in seventeenth-century Arminian women writings
  2017 - Scholarly publications
van den Noort, C.J. (13.04.2017) Organiser Historical Literary Variation as a Mirror for Language Change Utrecht (13.04.2017)
van de Poppe, C.J. (2017). Nach dem Holländischen Jost van Vondels - De zeventiende-eeuwse Maria Stuart-vertaling van de Saksische advocaat Christoph Kormart. Nederlandse Letterkunde, 22 (1), (pp. 1-23).
  2017 - Popularising publications
van de Poppe, C.J. (03.10.2017). Was het Nederlands in de 17e eeuw echt zo anders? Deel 1: werkwoordverdubbeling.
  2017 - Other output
Schraagen, M.P., Dietz, F.M., van Koppen, J.M., van Engeland, J. & van de Poppe, C.J. (02.02.2017). Language Sciences Day: Language Dynamics in the Dutch Golden Age - linguistic and socio-cultural aspects of intra-author variation.
  2016 - Other output
Dietz, F.M., van Koppen, J.M., van Engeland, J., van de Poppe, C.J. & Schraagen, M.P. (07.10.2016). Language Dynamics in the Dutch Golden Age - Linguistic and socio-cultural aspects of intra-author variation. (1 p.).
van de Poppe, C.J. (28.10.2016). Nederlands als wetenschapstaal in de zestiende eeuw.
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Language Dynamics in the Dutch Golden Age: linguistic and social-cultural aspects of intra-author variation
01.09.2016 to 01.09.2020
General project description 

The vibrant political, religious and cultural atmosphere of the Dutch Golden Age interacted with language. 17th century Dutch was a mixture of fading linguistic properties from the preceding language phase, Middle Dutch, and upcoming new ways to construct words and sentences. These language innovations were partly driven by migration, literary innovations and standardization processes.

Within these language dynamics we observe a type of language variation that has rarely been addressed before: variation within individual language users (intra-author variation). The famous author P.C. Hooft, for instance, uses the Middle Dutch way to express negation as well as a modern alternative. How can we account for this variation, seemingly randomly displayed by authors? This project will chart and explain the grammatical properties of intra-author variation, as well as the social- and literary-cultural factors that influenced the way individual authors used their variation in a strategic and/or creative way. The central hypothesis of the project is that the (internal) grammars of authors created a particular range of variation, which was systematically used by authors, based on contextual factors.

We develop a new line of interdisciplinary research as a necessary condition for an in-depth understanding of language variation, combining approaches from theoretical linguistics, historical sociolinguistics, computational linguistics and literary studies. We qualitatively investigate 1) how variation follows from the (internal) grammar, and 2) is related to the social and literary context, and we quantitatively investigate 3) variation patterns within and between authors and genres.


Role Researcher Funding
NWO grant
Project members UU

Completed projects

Intra-author variation in negation: the letters of P.C. Hooft 01.02.2017 to 01.08.2017
General project description

Within the dynamic linguistic situation of the Dutch Golden Age, we observe a type of language variation that has rarely been addressed before: variation within individual language users (intra-author variation). This becomes especially clear in the way 17th century authors use negation: they express negation in the Middle Dutch way (i.e. embracing negation, a combination of the negative clitic en and a negative particle niet; compare French ne…pas) as well as in the modern way (single negation: niet). In this Nederlab pilot project, we aim to describe and analyze in detail the linguistic and literary/rhetorical contexts in which these two variants of negation occur within the letters of the famous Dutch author and politician P.C. Hooft, written between 1600 and 1638. In this period, he used both forms of negation: as earlier research has demonstrated, Hooft stopped using embracing negation in 1638. This pilot project will enrich Hooft’s letters in the Nederlab corpus in such a way that we are able to search for grammatical properties that are specific for 17th century Dutch. We will then analyze in which linguistic, literary and sociolinguistic contexts specific types of negation and negation particles were used.

Role Researcher Funding
Other grant (government funding): Nederlab
Project members UU
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Currently Cora van de Poppe MA teaches the following course(s):
NE1V17001 Ned-Literaire teksten V 1 7.5
NE1V13004 Ned-Vroegmoderne tijd V 1 7.5
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Additional functions and activities

Cora van de Poppe is redactielid van VakTaal

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