The easiest way to access the corpus, is via the VivA webpage:

  1. Go to
  2. Register as a user (for free).
  3. Go to the online shop ("Winkel"), and click on "Aansoek" in the "Korpusportaal" block. (It is also free!)
  4. Fill out the form.
    • You can read more about the difference between "Omvattend" and "Eksklusief" on this page:
    • Manuals in Afrikaans and English are also available on this page. Also make sure to explore the functionality of the platform using the question mark in the top left corner of the page.
  5. Click on "Stuur".

Your application will then be considered. If approved, you will get access to all the corpora as per the description above. (You will get some new options under [Portale > Korpusportaal] on VivA's webpage.) You will be able to do powerful searches using the well-known BlackLab/WhiteLab interface, and using CQL. Please also consult the above-mentioned manual.

If you need to download a corpus for specific research purposes (e.g. for a computational linguistics project), you can send an email with a motivation to Hierdie e-posadres word van Spambotte beskerm. Jy moet JavaScript ontsper om dit te lees..




Thursday 4 October 2018

Faculty Hall: Humanities, Ghent University, Blandijnberg 2, Ghent

Time Activity Speaker
15:00 Afrikaans - enkele taaldebatspunte / Afrikaans – a few points to ponder

Address by the holder of the chair "Zuid-Afrika:Talen, Literaturen, Cultuur en Maatschappij": Wannie Carstens (North-West University)

16:00 Reception hosted by the Faculty of Humanities  
18:00 Guided tour through Ghent led by Jacques Van Keymeulen  

Friday 5 October 2018

Hall: Rector Vermeylen & Priorzaal, Het Pand, Ghent University, Onderbergen 1, Ghent

Time Activity Speaker
09:00 Registration and coffee Address by the holder of the chair "Zuid-Afrika: Talen, Literaturen, Cultuur en Maatschappij": Wannie Carstens (North-West University)
09:30 Opening Prof. Timothy Colleman and Prof. Yves T’Sjoen
09:40 Keynote address Prof. Bertus van Rooy (North-West University)
Session 1 (Rector Vermeylen Hall)
10:30 The interface of polarity, multiple negation and litotes in Afrikaans adjectives - some observations Ernst Kotze & Adri Breed
  Future reference: some comparisons between different registers of Afrikaans  Johanita Kirsten
  Grammatical change in the written Afrikaans of teenagers Donovan Lawrence
  Grammatical change in the written Afrikaans of teenagers Dario Rens
12:30 Lunch  
13:30 Keynote address Prof. Louise Viljoen (Stellenbosch University)
Session 2 (Rector Vermeylen Hall)
14:30 Anticipatory nasalization in two varieties of Afrikaans Andries W. Coetzee, Patrice Speeter Beddor, Ian Bekker, Will Styler & Daan Wissing
  Afrikaans tonic schwa. Many questions, few answers Frans Hinskens & Marc van Oostendorp
  Aspects of the phonetics and phonology of Patagonian Afrikaans Andries W. Coetzee, Lorenzo García-Amaya, Nicholas Henriksen & Daan Wissing
16:00 Coffee  
Session 3 (Rector Vermeylen Hall)
16:30 Grammatography: Inventorying historical Afrikaans grammars Benito Trollip
  Semantic change in overlapping Afrikaans modal auxiliaries Cecilia Erasmus
  The temporal sources of Afrikaans modal particles Jac Conradie
Session 3 (Priorzaal)
16:30 The Influence of Afrikaans on Namibian German in Computer-Mediated Communication Henning Radke
  The semantics of double adpositions in Afrikaans: A corpus-based study Timothy Colleman
18:00 Wie is Kees Fens? Uitdagings wat die Nederlandstalige digkuns aan die Afrikaanse vertaler stel Guest lecture by translator Daniel Hugo
19:30 Conference dinner  

Programme Saturday 6 October 2018

Hall Rector Vermeylen & Priorzaal, Het Pand, Ghent University, Onderbergen 1, Ghent

Time Activity Speaker
09:00 Registration and coffee  
09:30 Keynote address Prof. Theresa Biberauer (Cambridge University)
Session 4 (Rector Vermeylen Hall)
10:30 Being progressive and evaluative: Comparing Afrikaans and Dutch progressive verb clusters Cora Pots & Katherine Fraser
  Moet dit nie breek nie! On verb cluster interruption in Afrikaans Liesbeth Augustinus & Peter Dirix
  A-typical 2-3-1 orders in Afrikaans and Flemish: a learnability perspective Jacqueline Van Kampen
  Try to account for this: The probeer/proberen construction continuum in Afrikaans and Dutch Cora Pots & Liesbeth Augustinus
12:30 Lunch Bettina Wijngaard
13:30 Keynote address  
Session 5 (Rector Vermeylen Hall)
14:30 When a word is hated (for the wrong reasons) Gerhard van Huyssteen
  Adjectival/adverbial intensification constructions in Afrikaans, Dutch and German Benito Trollip & Ton van der Wouden
  The holophrastic structure of Afrikaans-speaking children’s first lexical items Nina Brink
16:00 Coffee  
Session 6 (Rector Vermeylen Hall)
16:30 The passive as an impersonalization strategy in Afrikaans Adri Breed & Daniel van Olmen
  A corpus-based investigation of human impersonal pronouns in Afrikaans Gonneke Groenen
  The Computational Modelling of Afrikaans Negation in GF Laurette Pretorius & Laurette Marais
18:00 Closing reception