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Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages and Linguistics

 

Dr Marieke Meelen

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Position(s): 
British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow
Fellow Commoner of Trinity Hall
Affiliated Lecturer in Theoretical & Applied Linguistics
Department/Section: 
Theoretical and Applied Linguistics
Faculty of Modern & Medieval Languages
Contact details: 
Telephone number: 
44 (0)1223 (7)60820
College: 
Location: 

Theoretical and Applied Linguistics
3rd Floor, T-R10

9 West Road
University of Cambridge
Sidgwick Avenue
CAMBRIDGE  
CB3 9DA
United Kingdom

About: 

Marieke Meelen’s research interests include information structure, comparative syntax and historical linguistics. As part of her British Academy postdoctoral fellowship, she is currently mainly working on the history of V2 word orders across Indo-European languages and developing a historical treebank of Welsh. She is furthermore interested in the syntax of languages of the Himalayan region, in particular Nepali, Tibetan and Tamangic languages like Kaike.

Her doctoral thesis combined methods from computational and historical linguistics to reconstruct verb-initial and verb-second word order patterns and information structure in Welsh in their Celtic historical context. She is also a computational linguistic consultant for a project on the annotation of Middle Welsh texts at the Philipps-Universität in Marburg.
Marieke was awarded her PhD at Leiden University in 2016 supervised by Prof Lisa Cheng and Prof Alexander Lubotsky. As part of her PhD, she conducted research in Wales and the University of Cambridge as a visiting student

Teaching interests: 
  • Historical Linguistics (Li11)
  • History and Varieties of English (Li4)
  • Celtic Philology (ASNC)
Research interests: 
  • Historical Linguistics
  • Corpus Linguistics & NLP
  • Syntax & Information Structure
  • Celtic & Tibeto-Burman languages
Recent research projects: 

The Emergence of V2 word order (2018-2020)

Rethinking Comparative Syntax (2016-2017)

Published works: 

Meelen, Marieke (to appear) ‘Annotating Middle Welsh: POS tagging and chunk-parsing a partial corpus of native prose’ in Proceedings of the Maynooth Colloquium on Celtic Computational Linguistics.
Meelen, Marieke & Nurmio, Silva (to appear) 'Adjectival agreement in Middle Welsh translated prose' in Journal of Celtic Linguistics.
Meelen, Marieke, Mourigh, Khalid & Cheng, Lisa (to appear) 'V3 word order in Dutch urban varieties’, in Clausal Architecture and Its Consequences: Synchronic and Diachronic Perspectives, András Bárány, Theresa Biberauer, Jamie Douglas and Sten Vikner (eds.)
Meelen, Marieke (to appear) 'The emergence of V2 word order in Welsh' in Biberauer, Woods & Wolfe (eds.) Rethinking V2, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Meelen, Marieke & Hill, Nathan (2017) 'Segmenting and POS tagging Classical Tibetan', Himalayan Linguistics 16 (2), 64-89.
Meelen, Marieke, Hill, Nathan, & Handy, Christopher. (2017a) The Annotated Corpus of Classical Tibetan (ACTib), Part I - Segmented version, based on the BDRC digitised text collection, tagged with the Memory-Based Tagger from TiMBL [Data set]. Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.823707
Meelen, Marieke, Hill, Nathan, & Handy, Christopher. (2017b) The Annotated Corpus of Classical Tibetan (ACTib), Part II - POS-tagged version, based on the BDRC digitised text collection, tagged with the Memory-Based Tagger from TiMBL [Data set]. Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.822537        
Meelen, Marieke (2017) 'Object-initial word order in Middle Welsh narrative prose' in Widmer & Poppe (eds.) Referential Properties and Their Impact on the Syntax of Insular Celtic Languages. pp. 145-178.
Meelen, Marieke (2016) Why Jesus and Job spoke bad Welsh: the origin and distribution of V2 orders in Middle Welsh, Utrecht: LOT publications.
Van Baren, Eva, Meelen, Marieke & Meijs, Lucas (2015) 'Promoting Youth Development Worldwide: The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award' in Journal of Youth Development 10 (1).
Meelen, Marieke & Beekhuizen, Barend (2013) 'PoS-tagging and Chunking historical Welsh' in Christopher Yocum (ed.) Proceedings of the Scottish Celtic Colloquium, Edinburgh.
Meelen, Marieke (2010b) 'Gwarchan Maelderw II' in Kelten August issue, Utrecht: Van Hamel.
Meelen, Marieke (2010a) 'Gwarchan Maelderw I' in Kelten May issue, Utrecht: Van Hamel.