Mike Olson

I have been a PhD student at the Utrecht Centre of Linguistics (UiL OTS) since January 2013. My research interests include historical sociolinguistics, language and dialect contact and anything to do with computers, specifically Corpus Linguistics and Natural Language Processing. My dissertation investigates the development of the dialect spoken in Amsterdam during the city’s explosive growth in the seventeenth century, for which I am currently assembling a corpus of texts written by Amsterdammers during this time period.

I am also member of the Corpus of Historical Dutch (CoHD) project which is building a corpus of Dutch texts covering the period c.1250-1750. Moreover, I have extensive experience as a programmer in academic and commercial environments working with a host of platforms, databases and programming languages. I am currently developing a set of tools for (easier) corpus creation using XML in the TEI standard and housed in an eXist XML Database.