Mike has been a PhD student in the Department of Modern Languages since January 2013. His research interests include historical sociolinguistics, language and dialect contact and anything to do with computers, specifically Corpus Linguistics and Natural Language Processing. His disseration investigates the development of the dialect spoken in Amsterdam during the city's explosive growth in the 17th century, for which he is currently assembling a corpus of texts written by Amsterdammers during this time period. He is also member of the Corpus of Historical Dutch (CoHD) project which is building a corpus of Dutch texts ca. 1250-1750. Moreover, Mike has extensive experience as a programmer in academic and commerical environments working with a host of platforms, databases and programming languages. He is currently developing a set of tools for (easier) corpus creation using XML in the TEI standard and housed in an eXist XML Database.

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