Labs Meertens

Labs Meertens Institute


In the Nederlab project the Meertens Institute and her partner institutions Huygens ING, Instituut voor de Nederlandse Taal and Radboud University Nijmegen collect large digital collections with text material from 800 until present. These collections are merged into one large uniform text corpus, curated and enriched with linguistic annotations.

Linguists, historians en literary scholars can use the online Nederlab research portal to formulate and execute complex queries and immediately analyze and visualize the search results. During the DRONGO language festival we will not only demonstrate the possibilities of the portal, but you can also help us improve it. We will ask you to perform a few simple assignments. We will then use your experiences and suggestions to make our research portal more useful and more usable.

Friday 29 & Saturday 30 September

Synthetic literature 

Can you co-write a literary story with a bot? That is the question of a large-scale writing experiment taken up by the Dutch award-winning author Ronald Giphart in collaboration with the Meertens Instituut and the University of Antwerp. The literary bot called AsiBot is trained on a large collection of Dutch novels, and is capable of generating literary sentences and paragraphs, that, in interaction with Giphart, should result in a new science fiction story. That story will be published as part of the reissue of I, Robot by the famous science fiction writer Isaac Asimov during the annual campaign of the CPNB “Nederland Leest!” in November 2017. Visitors of the DRONGO language festival get the unique opportunity to experiment with the AsiBot themselves. Experience the unique sensation of interacting with deceased writers like Gerard Reve, or write together with one of the other robotic authors, such as Kristien Hemmerechts, Ronald Giphart, or Isaac Asimov, your own unique story.

Friday 29 September 

Talking with the elderly

Everybody has a conversation with an elderly person once in a while. This can be your grandma or granddad, your neighbor or a resident of a nursing home. Do we talk to older people the same as we do to others, or do we adjust our way of speaking? And, if we make adjustments in our way of speaking, what kind of adjustments do we make? During this 10 minute lab you can experience how people speak to older people by role playing a conversation. Afterwards, the original conversation can be listened to. To conclude, we will discuss how people speak with older people and how we can (possibly) improve this in the future.  

Saturday 30 September

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