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Dr Daniel Van Olmen

Lecturer

Daniel Van Olmen

Lancaster University

County South

LA1 4YL

Lancaster

Tel: +44 1524 593029

Research overview

My research focuses on tense, mood and modality, pragmatic markers, indefinites and argument structure. It deals mainly with (West) Germanic but I also have a keen interest in Standard Average European and typology. My work can be situated in the fields of areal linguistics, contrastive linguistics, corpus linguistics, functional/cognitive linguistics and historical linguistics.

Current Teaching

- LING103: Linguistics

- LING200: Researching language

- LING220 (convenor): Structures of the world's languages

- LING313 (convenor): Language change in English and beyond

- LING420tc (convenor): Linguistic Analysis

- LING439: Cognitive Linguistics

External Roles

Co-editor of Ampersand: An International Journal of General and Applied Linguistics (http://www.journals.elsevier.com/ampersand)

Current Research

Forthcoming publications

- van der Auwera, J. & D. Van Olmen. The Germanic languages and areal linguistics. In: R. Hickey (ed.), Cambridge Handbook of Areal LinguisticsCambridge: Cambridge University Press.

- Van Olmen, D. Reproachatives and imperatives. Linguistics.

- Van Olmen, D. & S. Heinold (eds.). Imperatives and Directive Strategies. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

- Van Olmen, D. & S. Heinold. Imperatives and directive strategies from a functional-typological perspective: an inroduction. In D. Van Olmen & S. Heinold (eds.), Imperatives and Directive Strategies. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 1-49.

  

Submitted publications

- Van Olmen, D. A diachronic corpus study of prenominal zo’n ‘so a’ in Dutch: Pathways and (inter)subjectification.

 

 

Publications in preparation

- Van Olmen, D. The imperative in English and Dutch: A quantitative, illocutionary analysis.

- Van Olmen, D., A. Breed & B. Verhoeven. Human impersonal pronouns in Afrikaans and Dutch: A corpus-based contrastive study of (’n) mens and men.

 

 

Ongoing research

- corpus-driven approach to the imperative in English and Dutch

- human impersonal pronouns in West Germanic, together with Adri Breed

- prohibitives versus imperatives in the world's languages

Career Details

Previous employment

- postdoctoral research fellow at the North-West University Potchefstroom, South Africa

- pre- and postdoctoral researcher at the University of Antwerp, Belgium

- predoctoral research fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO), Belgium

 

Education

- PhD in linguistics at the University of Antwerp, Belgium

- MA in advanced studies in cognitive and functional linguistics at the University of Leuven, Belgium

- MA in Germanic linguistics and literature at the University of Antwerp, Belgium

- BA in Germanic linguistics and literature at the University of Antwerp, Belgium

 

Previous teaching

- Dutch proficiency and culture (BA) at the North-West University Potchefstroom, South Africa

- negation (MA), introduction into corpus linguistics (MA), English Grammar (BA), English as a Germanic language (BA), Englishes (BA) and development of English (BA) at the University of Antwerp, Belgium

- crash course in Dutch at the Fort Hare University East London, South Africa

- guest lectures on speech act theory, grammaticalization and (inter)subjectification at Vilnius University, Lithuania

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