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Past projects

Creation of a Qualification Framework for Effective Communication At Sea Project. 01/01/2013 - 30/09/2015

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This project represents a formal research agreement between UA and on the other hand EU. UA provides EU research results mentioned in the title of the project under the conditions as stipulated in this contract.

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Linguistic musicality: experimental research into the bond between musicality and pronunciation proficiency (intonation and accentuation) in foreign language acquisition. 01/01/2012 - 31/12/2013

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Recent research in Second Language Acquisition provides evidence for the existence of a correlation between musical aptitude and pronunciation proficiency. Experimental research is necessary to examine to what extent the feeling for rhythm and intonation – the basics of musicality – converge with the processes that are responsible for pronunciation proficiency in a foreign language. Corroboration of this hypothesis offers obvious perspectives for scientifically founded pronunciation training in Second Language Learning on the basis of musicological insights and pedagogical techniques.

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Corporate communication in a maritime context. 01/02/2009 - 31/12/2010

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An important part of the crewmembers on international ships (mainly ratings) is Spanish speaking. Nevertheless, the international language in maritime communication is English. Insufficient knowledge of this language is the cause of many communication problems with sometimes serious consequences with regard to safety. The aim of the project is to analyse the linguistic and economic aspects of this problem in a Belgian context.

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Anthroponymy of the Historical Low Countries (till 1225). 01/01/2008 - 31/12/2011

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The project's primary goal is an Anthroponymic Dictionary of the (historical) Low Countries and adjacent areas, complementing Gysseling's Toponymische Woordenboek (1960). It will contain all references to persons (tokens) before 1100 and all personal names (types) written down before 1225, from archives in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg, the French departments Nord and Pas-de-Calais, and former Rhine-Province.

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Digital Atlas and Etymological Database of Old Dutch (up to 1226). 01/05/2005 - 30/04/2009

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The aim of the project is an etymological database of Old Dutch (including its precursors and its Romance and German neighbours up to 1226), based on M. Gysseling's Toponymisch Woordenboek (1960). An anthroponymical dictionary will be derived from the collected place names. The complete lexicon will be stored in a relational database and will be linked to a digital map of the historical Low Countries, both of which will be made accessible on the Internet.

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Economy and Economics in Austrian Literature (1890-2000). 01/05/2005 - 31/12/2006

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Through a systematic economically oriented reading of literary texts, the project concentrates on the representation of the economic life and discourse in modern and postmodern Austrian literature (1890-2000). Furthermore the project emphasizes methodological and interdisciplinary questions (the interferences between literature/text studies and economy/ economics): In what way can methods and insights from economics contribute tot the analysis of texts? What role can literature and text studies play in economic life and discourse?

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Publication pH.d-thesis : "Im Manuskript an den Rand geschrieben". Spiegelschrift und Diskurs in Rainer Maria Rilkes "Die Aufzeichnungen des Malte Laurids Brigge. 13/09/2004 - 31/12/2004

Systemic functional research community. 01/01/2000 - 31/12/2004

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The aim of this research community is to think through and elaborate, in intensive workshops and the publications that will arise from them, the Systemic Functional approach to language in the areas of theoretical foundations, methodology and description of language. More specifically, this research community will focus on elucidation of the 'representational' versus the 'interactional' function of language, i.e. on the 'ideational' versus the 'interpersonal' component of the language system.

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  • Promotor: Braecke Chris

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