Short Summary

This is the personal website of Lauren Fonteyn. As unambiguous as that name has seemed to me almost my entire life, I recently came across a free newspaper that featured an interview with another Lauren Fonteyn. Thus, for disambiguation purposes, a short summary:

Lauren is a cognitive linguist (specifically interested in historical linguistics and language change). She has worked as a doctoral researcher of the Fund for Scientific Research – Flanders (FWO) under the supervision of Liesbet Heyvaert (KU Leuven), Hendrik de Smet (KU Leuven), Hubert Cuyckens (KU Leuven) and Teresa Fanego (USC). She completed and defended her PhD dissertation — ‘Categoriality in Language Change: the Case of the English Gerund’ — in May 2016. Among other things, Lauren is mainly interested in using new methods to get a firmer understanding of diachronic trends in language (and culture), and creating ways to quantify developments of the perhaps-not-so-easily-quantifiable aspects of language and literature.

In September 2016, Lauren started a lectureship in the history of English at the University of Manchester, before moving to the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics in August 2018. This website gives an overview of her publications, talks, CV, and contact details.