2023 Edition

We are happy to welcome 25 presenters to this year’s conference, giving us 17 stand-alone presentations and 7 poster presentations.

The Book of Abstracts can be found here.


Conference Programme

Day 1 – 20 December 2023



09:00 – 09:15 Conference opening by Prof. Dr. Véronique Hoste
09:15 – 10:00 Keynote: Linguistics and diversity: LinGhentians and beyond by Dr. Aaricia Ponnet

SESSION 1 – Diversity in Language

Chair: Gil Verbeke

10:00 – 10:30 Hanne Verhaegen & Chloé Vincent The mental gender representation of gender-neutral pronouns
10:30-11:00 BREAK

SESSION 2 – Crosslinguistic Contexts

Chair: Michiel Kusé

11:00 – 11:30 Simon Claassen English-Spanish(-Kriol) codeswitching in the US and Belize: lexical-analytic versus morphological-synthetic strategies
11:30 – 12:00 Anni Wang Cross-cultural dialogue in the China-US trade war: a corpus-assisted rhetorical analysis of the FOX vs. CGTN host debate
12:00 – 13:00  LUNCH

SESSION 3 – Business Communication

Chair: Ellen Soens

13:00 – 13:30 Anqi Yu How do luxury fashion brands integrate sustainability in their social media communication? An exploration of tweet data analysis
13:30 –  14:00 Laurence Balliu Public relations practitioners’ role in organizational crisis decision-making
 14:00 – 14:30 Greet De Baets Determining the effectiveness of communication training based on aikido
 14:30 – 15:00  BREAK

SESSION 4 – Language Learning

Chair: Shauny Seynhaeve

 15:00 – 15:30 Pauline Verhelst The use of non-standard Dutch by adult second language speakers: an empirical study in Flanders
15:30 – 16:00 Binger Lu The effect of L1-L2 similarity in L2 prediction: evidence from visual-world eye-tracking study
16:00 – 16:30 Jessica McDaid Becoming institutionalised: the complexity of ethical research when conducting live-in ethnography with minors abroad in a total institution


 18:00 – …  Conference dinner at Patrick Foley’s and visit to the Ghent Christmas Market

(registered participants only!)


Day 2 – 21 December 2023


SESSION 5 – Interpreting

Chair: Michiel Kusé

09:30 – 10:00 Lotte Remue Carriers/Barriers: interpreter roles and expectations in the interaction between guardians and unaccompanied minors
10:00 – 10:30 Sari Goukens Investigating the investigators: an analysis of procedural differences in Flemish municipal investigative practices into possible sham marriages
10:30 – 11:00 BREAK

SESSION 6 – Phonology

Chair: Gil Verbeke

11:00 – 11:30 Hanna De Haes Acquiring nasal vowels in French: an acoustic and perceptual study on Belgian Dutch learners’ pronunciation
11:30 – 12:00 Mishko Bozhinoski Ghost segments in informal Belgian Dutch
12:00 – 13:00 LUNCH

SESSION 7 – Historical Linguistics

Chair: Tom Bossuyt

13:00 – 13:30 Eline Daveloose From de to ke: functional transfer of a topic shift marker from Turkish to Cappadocian Greek
13:30 – 14:00 Michele Didoli The language of biblical quotations and translations in Damaskenos Stoudites’ Thesauros. A study on 16th century Greek in light of biblical quotations and translations
14:00 – 14:30 Martin Godts Diachrony of {VERB, MEDIUM} colligations
14:30 – 15:00 Tim Ongenae Anticausativization in Latin: semantics and form-frequency correspondence


15:00 – 17:00 Morris Callens On the articular infinitive and its adverbial use in Post-Classical Greek
Marie Dewulf Evolution of XVS Word Order in French: A Corpus-based Approach
Evelyne Diels Saint Ignatius’ Letter to the Romans in comparison: a cultural linguistic journey between Greek and Slavonic communities between the 4th and 14th century
Quinten Goethals Code-switching in Latin technical texts: methodological problems (and solutions)
Marthe Nemegeer Bridging differences between East and West in 14th-Century Byzantium: Manuel Kalekas’ translation of St. Anselm’s Cur Deus homo
Nina Van der Vlugt Divergence and convergence in the history of the Shona languages: contact, migration, and change in a subgroup of Southern African Bantu
Haoyu (Nina) Zhou Connecting reading to statistical learning: measuring sensitivity to bigram frequency



If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at linghentiandoctorials@ugent.be. We hope to see many of you.


The organising committee

Tom Bossuyte Michiel Kusé, Shauny Seynhaeve, Ellen Soens & Gil Verbeke