Dr. B. (Bart) Jacobs

  • Post-doctoral researcher
  • Linguistics

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2125
E-Mail: b.jacobs@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Univ Centre for Linguistics, LUCL diversen

Fields of interest

  • contact linguistics

  • historical linguistics

  • creolistics

  • sociolinguistics

  • Romance languages

  • grammaticalization


In previous research I have dealt with Iberian-based creoles in general and Papiamentu in particular, as well as with (the history of) the Catalo-Occitan GO-past. My current project, funded by an NWO Veni Grant, studies language use, contact, and change in Haitian Creole migrant communities in Cuba and Samaná (the latter a peninsula of the Dominican Republic).

Teaching activities

Upcoming: Samples of Linguistic Structure.

Curriculum Vitae

August 2008: Master's degree in Spanish Philology (with a Minor in Portuguese) from the University of Amsterdam.

2008-2011: Doctoral degree as part of the Linguistisches Internationales PromotionsProgramm LIPP, University of Munich, summa cum laude, title of thesis: "The Upper Guinea Origins of Papiamentu: Linguistic and Historical Ties", appeared as monograph: "Origins of a Creole: The History of Papiamentu and Its African Ties. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter." In co-tutelle with the Universidade de Coimbra.

2012: Lecturer & Researcher at University of Konstanz, department of Romance Linguistics.

2013-present: VENI Scholar at Leiden University Centre for Linguistics.

Key publications

2009. The Upper Guinea origins of Papiamentu. Linguistic and historical evidence. Diachronica 26:3, 319-379.

2010. Upper Guinea Creole: Evidence in favor of a Santiago birth. Journal of Pidgin and Creole Languages, 25:2, 289-343.

2011. Present and historical perspectives on the Catalan go-past. Zeitschrift für Katalanistik/Revista d’Estudis Catalans. 24, 227-255.

2012. On the Dutch presence in 17th-century Senegambia and the emergence of Papiamentu. In: Tobias Green & Jose Lingna Nafafe (eds.): ‘Brokers of Change: Atlantic commerce and cultures in pre-colonial “Guinea of Cape Verde” ’. Oxford/London: Oxford University Press/Proceedings of the British Academy, 191-214. Download

2012. Embedding Papiamentu in the Mixed Language Debate. Journal of Historical Linguistics 2:1, 52-82.

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