Dr. G.J. (Gijsbert) Rutten

  • Post-doctoral researcher
  • History of Dutch

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2112
E-Mail: g.j.rutten@hum.leidenuniv.nl
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Univ Centre for Linguistics, LUCL Nederlands
Office Address: Witte Singel-complex
P.N. van Eyckhof 1
2311 BV Leiden
Room number 2.05a

Fields of interest

  • History of Dutch
  • Language variation and change
  • Historical and contemporary sociolinguistics

Key publications

Gijsbert Rutten & Marijke J. van der Wal. 2014. Letters as Loot. A sociolinguistic approach to seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Dutch. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: Benjamins.

Gijsbert Rutten, Rik Vosters & Wim Vandenbussche (eds.). 2014. Norms and usage in language history, 1600-1900. A sociolinguistic and comparative perspective. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: Benjamins.

Research projects

My current project is Going Dutch. The Construction of Dutch in Policy, Practice and Discourse, 1750-1850 (NWO VIDI-Grant).

Previous projects include:

Letters as Loot. Towards a Non-Standard View on the History of Dutch (Universiteit Leiden)

Language Use, Language Norms and Linguistic Identities in the United Kingdom of the Netherlands. A Historical Sociolinguistic Perspective on Southern Dutch in the Early Nineteenth Century (Visiting Postdoctoral Research Fellow, FWO-Vlaanderen; Vrije Universiteit Brussel)

Historische Sociolinguïstiek van het Nederlands (Grant from the Niels Stensen Stichting; Vrije Universiteit Brussel & University of Helsinki)

Historical Linguistics “from below” (NWO Rubicon Grant; Universiteit Leiden)

Workshops and conferences

Workshop at the SLE in Leiden: Managing Multilingualism - Contacts, attitudes and planning in historical contexts. Co-organized with Joe Salmons (Madison), Wim Vandenbussche (Brussels) and Rik Vosters (Brussels).

Thematic panel on Language Ideologies and Standardization at the international HiSoN conference Historical Discourses on Language and Power. Co-organized with Kristine Horner (Sheffield)

Thematic panel at the Sociolinguistics Symposium 19 (Berlin) on Romance-Germanic Language Contact and Conflict in the Low Countries. Co-organized with Catharina Peersman (Sheffield) and Rik Vosters (Brussels)

International conference in Leiden: Touching the past. Ego-documents in a historical and linguistic perspective. Co-organized with Marijke van der Wal, Ingrid Tieken and Jos Schaeken


Workshop in Leiden on the Construction Grammar of Dutch. Co-organized with Ronny Boogaart and Timothy Colleman (Ghent)

Thematic panel at the Sociolinguistics Symposium 18 (Southampton) on Comparative Historical Sociolinguistics. Co-organized with Terttu Nevalainen (Helsinki

Teaching activities

I teach courses at all levels on topics such as:

  • the history of Dutch
  • historical linguistics
  • language variation and change
  • contemporary and historical sociolinguistics

Last Modified: 11-12-2015