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mw. C.M. (Caitlin) Meyer MA

Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen
Capaciteitsgroep Nederlandse Taalkunde
Fotograaf: Bob Bronshoff

Bezoekadres
  • Spuistraat 134
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Postadres
  • Spuistraat 134
    1012 VB Amsterdam
  • Profile

    Research Interests

    I like to think about how kids acquire language, how languages and language varieties differ, and the interplay between the two. I also wonder about what kinds of knowledge are unique to humans. My current research focuses predominantly on (the acquisition of) numerals and ordinals, though you may also find me working on verb clusters in acquisition, variation and change.

    The acquisition of numerals and ordinals

    Dissertation: Rule and Order. Acquiring ordinals in Dutch and English.
    Submitted: August 2018. Defended: February 2019.

    Advisors:
    prof. dr. Fred Weerman (University of Amsterdam)
    prof. dr. Sjef Barbiers (Leiden University)
    prof. dr. Johan Rooryck (Leiden University)

  • Teaching

    2016-2017

    En voor niet-studenten:

    2015–2016

           Supergaaf: Taalontwikkeling heeft de Onderwijsprijs 2016 gewonnen!

  • Presentations

    2018

    • Meyer, Caitlin. Rule and order: using structure to acquire ordinal numerals. ComSyn, Leiden University, Leiden, 29 November, 2018.

    2017

    • Meyer, Caitlin, Sjef Barbiers & Fred Weerman. “Two systems, one strategy: acquiring ordinals in Dutch and English.” Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition (GALA) 2017, Universitat de les Illes Balears, Palma de Mallorca, September 7–9, 2017.
    • Meyer, Caitlin. "Hier kun je op rekenen: taal, tellen en het brein. (You can count on this: languages, number and the brain.)" Geesteswetenschappen in beweging (Humanities in motion), Opening ceremony of the academic year 2017–2018, University of Amsterdam Faculty of Humanities, de Rode Hoed, Amsterdam, September 7, 2017.
    • Meyer, Caitlin, Sjef Barbiers & Fred Weerman."Ordinal variables: acquiring ordinal numerals in Dutch and English.” The 11th Mediterranean Morphology Meeting (MMM11), University of Cyprus, Nicosia, June 22–25, 2017. Poster. Peer-reviewed.
    • Meyer, Caitlin, Sjef Barbiers & Fred Weerman. "Can kids order a sandwich? On (the acquisition of) ordinals in West Germanic. A Germanic Sandwich 2017, Munster, Germany, March 16-18, 2017. Program. Abstracts.Peer-reviewed.
    • Meyer, Caitlin. "Ordinal acquisition: the state of the obvious." Language and Linguistics Research Seminars, Institute for Research in Social Sciences, Ulster University, Northern Ireland, February 24, 2017. Invited talk.
    • Wolterbeek, Joris, Lisa van Dijke, Lotte Hogeweg & Caitlin Meyer. "Learning to suspend implicated contrast: the acquisition of ook 'also'." TiN-dag 2017. Linguistic Society of the Netherlands, Utrecht, February 4, 2017.
    • Meyer, Caitlin. "Ordinal acquisition: the state of the obvious." TiN-dag 2017. Linguistic Society of the Netherlands, Utrecht, February 4, 2017.
    • Meyer, Caitlin, Sjef Barbiers & Fred Weerman. "The rule-based acquisition of ordinals. Evidence from Dutch and English." 91st Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Austin, TX, January 5-8, 2017. Poster. Peer-reviewed.

    2016

    • Meyer, Caitlin. "Eerste, tweede, derde heb je niet zo een-twee-drie onder de knie." Live Science Lab, Drongo Festival, Utrecht, September 30-October 1, 2016. Public Outreach.
    • Meyer, Caitlin. "Eerste, tweede, derde heb je niet zo een-twee-drie onder de knie." Public lecture in the Proost op de wetenschap series, Spui25, Amsterdam, May 13, 2016. Invited talk.
    • Meyer, Caitlin. "On second thought: acquiring ordinal numerals in Dutch & English." CNL meeting, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, April 1, 2016.
    • Meyer, Caitlin, Sjef Barbiers & Fred Weerman. "Transparency matters: the acquisition of synthetic and analytic ordinals in Dutch." The 40th Penn Linguistics Conference (PLC40), University of Pennsylvania, PA, March 18–20, 2016. Peer-reviewed.

    2015

    • Meyer, Caitlin, Sjef Barbiers & Fred Weerman. “Acquiring cardinals and ordinals in Dutch: ordinal concepts and linguistic knowledge.” 11th International Symposium of Cognition, Logic and Communication – Number: Cognitive, Semantic and Crosslinguistic Approaches. Riga, Latvia, December 10-11, 2015. Peer-reviewed.
    • Meyer, Caitlin, Sjef Barbiers & Fred Weerman. "Order and ordinality: the acquisition of cardinals and ordinals in Dutch." Boston University Conference on Language Development (BUCLD) 40, Boston University, Boston, MA, November 13–15, 2015. Peer-reviewed.
    • Meyer, Caitlin. "When getting out of line is in order." Ling Lunch. University of Connecticut, CT, November 10, 2015. Invited.
    • Meyer, Caitlin, Sjef Barbiers & Fred Weerman. "Getting your ducks in a row: acquiring ordinals and ordinality." Workshop on Linguistic and Cognitive Aspects of Quantification (LCQ), Research Institute for Linguistics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary, October 16-17, 2015. Peer-reviewed.
    • Meyer, Caitlin. "When getting out of line is in order." Experimental Linguistics Talks Utrecht (ELiTU). Utrecht University, Utrecht, October 12, 2015. Invited.
    • Meyer, Caitlin, Sjef Barbiers & Fred Weerman. "Getting your ducks in a row: the acquisition of cardinals and ordinals in Dutch." Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition (GALA) 2015, Université de Nantes, Nantes, France, September 10–12, 2015. Peer-reviewed.
    • Meyer, Caitlin, Doatske De Haan, Martina Faber & Fred Weerman. "Embracing ascending orders: verb clusters in bilingual acquisition."  Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition (GALA) 2015, Université de Nantes, Nantes, France, September 10–12, 2015. Peer-reviewed.
    • Meyer, Caitlin. "Acquiring cardinals, ordinals and superlatives (but not in that order)." The Societas Linguistica Europaea 48 th Annual Meeting (SLE 2015), Leiden University Center for Linguistics (LUCL), Leiden, September 2–5, 2015. Peer-reviewed.
    • Barbiers, Sjef & Caitlin Meyer. "English and Dutch ONEs." The Societas Linguistica Europaea 48 th Annual Meeting (SLE 2015), Leiden University Center for Linguistics (LUCL), Leiden, September 2-5, 2015. Peer-reviewed.
    • Meyer, Caitlin & Fred Weerman. "Variation and change in verb clusters: evidence from acquisition." 22nd International Conference on Historical Linguistics (ICHL). University of Naples, Naples, Italy, July 27–31, 2015. Peer-reviewed.
    • Meyer, Caitlin & Fred Weerman. "Variation and change in verb clusters: evidence from acquisition." Workshop on Verb Clusters. UvA/Meertens Institute, Amsterdam, May 28–29, 2015. Peer-reviewed.
    • Meyer, Caitlin. "Alles op een rijtje krijgen: de verwerving van hoofd- en rangtelwoorden." Het Grote Taalkunde-ontbijt, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, May 11, 2015. Peer-reviewed.
    • Meyer, Caitlin & Fred Weerman. "Language acquisition and language change: the case of verb clusters." A Germanic Sandwich 2015, University of Nottingham, Nottingham UK, April 24–25, 2015. Peer-reviewed.
    • Meyer, Caitlin. "Alfa's zijn (g)een b-keuze." Luid zingend op een ijsschots de zomer tegemoet: de toekomst van de geesteswetenschappen. Symposium in honor of Nicoline van der Sijs' 60th birthday. Meertens Institute, Amsterdam, April 1, 2015. Invited.
    • Meyer, Caitlin. "Easy as first, second, fourth: the acquisition of Dutch (cardinals and) ordinals." TIN-dag 2015, Linguistic Society of the Netherlands , Utrecht, February 7, 2015. Program and abstracts.

    2014

    • De Haan, Doatske, Martina Faber, Caitlin Meyer & Fred Weerman. "Acquiring verb clusters in a bilingual setting: the case of Frisian and Dutch." The 20th Frisian Philologists' Conference 2014, The Fryske Akademy, Leeuwarden, 10–12 December, 2014. Peer-reviewed.
    • Meyer, Caitlin & Fred Weerman. "Cracking the cluster: the acquisition of verb clusters in Dutch."  The 20th Germanic Linguistics Annual Conference (GLAC-20), Purdue University, West-Lafayette, IN, May 2–3, 2014. Peer-reviewed. Program.
    • Meyer, Caitlin & Fred Weerman. "Cracking the cluster: the acquisition of verb clusters in Dutch." TIN-dag 2014, Linguistic Society of the Netherlands, Utrecht, February 1, 2014. Program and abstract.

    2013

    • Meyer, Caitlin, Sabine van Reijen & Fred Weerman. "Easy as 1-2-(3)? Acquiring verb clusters in Dutch". Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition (GALA) 2013, Oldenburg, Germany, September 5–7, 2013. Peer-reviewed. Abstract.
    • Meyer, Caitlin & Fred Weerman. “Raising red flags: acquiring verb clusters in Dutch.” TIN-dag 2013, Linguistic Society of the Netherlands, Utrecht, February 9, 2013. Abstract.
    • Meyer, Caitlin & Fred Weerman. “The Acquisition of ‘Red’ and ‘Green’ Word Order.” A Germanic Sandwich 2013, KU Leuven, Belgium, January 11–12, 2013. Peer-reviewed.

     2012

    • Meyer, Caitlin. “Winkelnamen: hoe eigen zijn ze eigenlijk?” Taalkundecolloquium Nederlandse Taal en Cultuur, UvA, May 22, 2012.
  • Ouders/Parents

    Was je erbij?

    Het Drongo Festival op 30 september en 1 oktober!

    Publiekslezing op vrijdag 13 mei bij Spui 25 in Amsterdam!

    Please scroll down for English.

    Onderzoek taal en getal

    Bij dit project spelen kinderen een belangrijke rol: zonder hun hulp is het onderzoek namelijk onuitvoerbaar. Doet uw kind ook mee? Dan heeft u een informatiebrief ontvangen, want wij vinden het belangrijk dat u weet wat van uw kind wordt gevraagd. Maar misschien wilt u meer weten, of bent u inmiddels benieuwd naar de resultaten. U bent dan hier aan het juiste adres: naarmate het onderzoek vordert, wordt deze pagina aangevuld met meer informatie, zoals tussentijdse resultaten en vervolgonderzoeken.

     

    Het spelletje

    Jaap de Aap is een hele lieve aap. Binnenkort gaat hij op vakantie. Waar hij heen gaat, is nog even een verrassing, maar hij heeft vast al zijn spulletjes verteld van zijn grote reis. Dat vinden zij zo leuk dat ze allemaal mee willen. Ze staan zelfs in de rij om in de koffer te springen! Maar o jee, ze passen er niet allemaal in! Wie helpt hem de juiste spullen uit de rij te pakken en in de koffer te leggen?

    Blijf op de hoogte van de (tussentijdse) uitkomsten:

    Snel iets weten?

     

    Meer weten?

    Benieuwd naar meer?

    Nog even geduld! Alle resultaten zijn binnen en er wordt druk aan een overzicht gewerkt. U ziet het hier als alles bij elkaar gebracht is. U ziet een voorproefje in de update van september 2016.

     

    En kijk! Jaap staat met zijn verhaal in het aprilnummer van Onze Taal! (april 2016).

     

    Waar gaat Jaap straks naartoe?

    Dit onderzoek maakt onderdeel uit van het door NWO gefinancierde Horizon Knowledge & Culture project. Klik hier voor de projectwebsite (voor onderzoekers).

     

     

    What's this about? Language and number!

    If you're reading this because you've been asked if your child or (pre)school can participate, you've come to the right place! This project is about what children know about cardinal and ordinal numerals, like one, two, three and  first, second, third. Is fourth easier than third because it's transparent, despite being further down the count list? And how do English-speaking kids compare to those learning Dutch? Click below for a brief and general project description. More information in English should be available soon, but feel free to contact Caitlin if you can't wait to know something more in the meantime.

     

    The game

    Moe is a spunky little monkey. This friendly guy is going on a trip, and all of his things want to come along. In fact, they’re even getting in line to jump into his suitcase! But uh-oh: the monkey only has two suitcases, so he can’t possibly bring everything. He needs a little help! The aim of the game is to pick the right objects from the line (like the third car, the last puppy, and eight banana’s) and pack them in the suitcase. Every child plays the game twice: once for each suitcase.

    Read about the study in the UMD Infant & Child Studies 2016 Newsletter (page 8)

    Funding

    This project is funded by the NWO as part of the Horizon Knowledge & Culture project. Click here for our project page (for researchers).

  • Publicaties

    2018

    • Meyer, C., Barbiers, S., & Weerman, F. (2018). Ordinals are not as easy as one, two, three: The acquisition of cardinals and ordinals in Dutch. Language Acquisition. DOI: 10.1080/10489223.2017.1391266

    2017

    • Wolterbeek, J., van Dijke, L., Hogeweg, L., & Meyer, C. (2017). Learning to suspend implicated contrast: The acquisition of ook in Dutch. Linguistics in the Netherlands, 34, 143-155. DOI: 10.1075/avt.34.10wol [details]

    2016

    • Meyer, C., Barbiers, S., & Weerman, F. (2016). Order and Ordinality: The Acquisition of Cardinals and Ordinals in Dutch. In J. Scott, & D. Waughtal (Eds.), BUCLD 40 : Proceedings of the 40th annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (Vol. 2, pp. 253-266). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla. [details]
    • Meyer, C., & Weerman, F. (2016). Cracking the cluster: The acquisition of verb raising in Dutch. Nederlandse Taalkunde, 21(2), 181-212. DOI: 10.5117/NEDTAA2016.2.MEYE [details]

    2017

    • Meyer, C. M. (2017). Ordinal variables: Acquiring ordinal numerals in Dutch and English.

    Mediaoptreden

    • Meyer, C. (21-12-2017). Taalkunde in de klas: geen doel, maar middel [Web] Werkverband Amsterdamse Psycholinguisten (WAP) Bulletin. Taalkunde in de klas: geen doel, maar middel.

    Spreker

    • Meyer, C. (speaker) (29-11-2018). Rule and order: using structure to acquire ordinal numerals. ComSyn lecture., Leiden University Center for Linguistics.
    • Meyer, C. (speaker), Barbiers, L. C. J. (speaker) & Weerman, F. P. (speaker) (8-9-2017). Two systems, one strategy: acquiring ordinals in Dutch and English, Generative Approaches to Language Acquisition, Palma de Mallorca, Spain.
    • Meyer, C. (speaker), Barbiers, L. C. J. (speaker) & Weerman, F. P. (speaker) (24-6-2017). Ordinal variables: acquiring ordinal numerals in Dutch and English, The 11th Mediterranean Morphology Meeting, Nicosia, Cyprus.
    • Meyer, C. (speaker), Barbiers, L. C. J. (speaker) & Weerman, F. P. (speaker) (16-3-2017). Can kids order a sandwich? On (the acquisition of) ordinals in West Germanic, A Germanic Sandwich 2017, Münster, Germany.
    • Meyer, C. (speaker) (24-2-2017). Ordinal acquisition: the state of the obvious, University of Ulster.
    • Meyer, C. (speaker) (4-2-2017). Ordinal acquisition: the state of the obvious, Taalkunde in Nederland Dag, Utrecht, Netherlands.
    • Wolterbeek, J. (speaker), van Dijke, L. (speaker), Hogeweg, L. (speaker) & Meyer, C. (speaker) (4-2-2017). Learning to suspend implicated contrast: the acquisition of ook 'also'., Taalkunde in Nederland Dag, Utrecht, Netherlands.
    • Meyer, C. (speaker), Barbiers, L. C. J. (speaker) & Weerman, F. P. (speaker) (6-1-2017). The rule-based acquisition of ordinals. Evidence from Dutch and English, Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America, Austin, United States.

    Andere

    • Meyer, C. (organiser), Aalberse, S. P. (organiser), Weerman, F. P. (organiser) & van der Wouden, T. (organiser) (23-5-2019 - 24-5-2019). A Germanic Sandwich, Amsterdam, Netherlands. The renowned Dutch linguist C.B. van Haeringen showed in his 1956 book ‘Nederlands tussen Duits en Engels’ that Dutch not only holds the middle (…) (organising a conference, workshop, ...).

    2019

    • Meyer, C. M. (2019). Rule and order: Acquiring ordinals in Dutch and English Utrecht: LOT [details]
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