Current projects

  • Comparative research on language retention and innovation in Suriname, Ghana and the Netherlands. With Elvis ResCue (KNUST, Ghana)
  • Corpus research on multilingual parliamentary speech in Suriname. With Robert Borges (Uppsala/Jena)
  • African traces in the use of plants and their names in Sranan Tongo and Papiamentu. With Tinde van Andel (Wageningen/Naturalis)


Yankson, Solace (2018) Language contact and change in linguistically heterogeneous urban communities: the case of Akan (LOT Dissertation series 494). Dissertation KNUST Ghana/ Radboud University of Nijmegen, defended on March 26, 2018

Sluijs, van de, Robbert (2017) Variation and change in Virgin Islands Dutch Creole: Tense, Modality and Aspect (LOT Dissertation Series 453). Dissertation Radboud University of Nijmegen, defended on May 11, 2017

Borges, Robert (2014) The life of Language: Dynamics of language contact in Suriname. (LOT Dissertation Series 348). Dissertation Radboud University of Nijmegen, defended on January, 31, 2014

Past projects

  • NWO Veni Research project ‘Creoles at birth? On the role of nativization in language formation’ (2009 – 2013)

Sranan Tongo and Virgin Islands Dutch Creole are compared with the Gbe and and Akan languages of Ghana and Togo as well as Ghanaian English, Ewe/Akan-English codeswitching and L2 Dutch spoken by Ghanaians and Togolese from a creolist perspective. 

  • Language documentation ‘Suriname Creole Archive’ (SUCA, 2006-2015) and ‘The Negerhollands Database’ (NEHOL, 2010 - 2015)

SUCA and NEHOL are on-line archives of several types of historical documents in Sranan Tongo, Saramaccan and Virgins Islands Dutch Creole. Historical texts were transcribed, digitalized and annotated for the purpose of linguistic research. SUCA was financed by NWO (INV-05-01), NEHOL via CLARIN-NL.