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Language and Linguistics | 1st Conference on Frisian Humanities

The Fryske Akademy organizes the first Conference on Frisian Humanities, in the Municipal Theatre De Harmonie in Leeuwarden, on 23 to 26 April 2018, as part of the project Lân fan Taal (Country of languages) of Leeuwarden-Fryslân European Capital of Culture 2018.

On Monday 23 and Tuesday 24 April, the focus of the conference will be on language and linguistics in the Frisian regions. The focus will not exclusively be on the Frisian languages West Frisian, North Frisian and East Frisian, but also on other lesser used languages. We offer papers in all fields of linguistics, but there will be special attention to phonetics, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, language contact and lexicography. The papers will be organised in thematic parallel sessions.


Invited speakers

Carlos GussenhovenRadboud Universiteit Nijmegen
Chris MullhallWaterford Institute of Technology
Consuelo OosterveldLexicographer
Didier DemolinUniversité Paris 3
Jörg PetersUniversität Oldenburg
Michiel de VaanUniversité de Lausanne
Naomi NagyUniversity of Toronto
Peter SchrijverUniversiteit Utrecht
Stefan GrondelaersRadboud Universiteit Nijmegen



Call for papers

The conference committee invites interested parties to submit proposals for presentations during congress. Abstracts for oral papers and for poster presentations should be completed via the online platform,, on 8 January 2018 (23:59 CET) at the latest (extended deadline!). Abstracts should be maximum 500 words (including references). Work in progress and research plans are very welcome in the poster session. The working languages of the symposium will be English, Frisian, Dutch and German.

Download the call (Frisian version) (English version).



The registration for the congress is open now:

Students can register for 50% of the fees. The conference fee includes lunch and refreshments during coffee and tea breaks.

Conference visitors can book hotels in Leeuwarden at a reduced rate and can receive a 15% discount on a KLM flight ticket via the registration page.





1 day

€ 80,00

€ 40,00

2 days

€ 80,00

€ 40,00

3 days

€ 160,00

€ 80,00

4 days


€ 160,00

€ 80,00


Important dates

    • 8 January 2018: Extended deadline submission abstracts
    • 22 January 2018: Notification of acceptance
    • 23 to 26 April 2018: Conference on Frisian Humanities


      Conference committee

      • drs. Cor van der Meer (chair and session on multilingualism)
      • dr. Eric Hoekstra (literature)
      • dr. Han Nijdam (medieval Frisia)
      • dr. Hans Van de Velde (language and linguistics)