Laura Rosseel studied Linguistics and Literature at the University of Leuven (2007-2010), where she obtained her MA in Linguistics in 2011. After obtaining her degree in language teaching in Leuven, she pursued an MSc by Research in Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh in 2013 where she further developed her interest in sociolinguistic variation. Being awarded a FWO fellowship, Laura joined QLVL in 2013 as a PhD student. In September 2017, she defended her thesis “New approaches to measuring the social meaning of language variation. Exploring the Personalized Implicit Association Test and the Relational Responding Task”. In 2017, she took up a postdoctoral position at the University of Cologne, after which she joined QLVL again, working as a postdoctoral researcher on the experimental component of the project ‘Exploring probabilistic grammar(s) in varieties of English around the world’. Laura was granted a postdoctoral fellowship from the Flemish research council in 2019. In the same year, she joined the Vrije Universiteit Brussels as assistant professor in Dutch linguistics and language proficiency.
Laura's research interests mainly lie in the fields of (developmental) sociolinguistics, language variation and change, and experimental linguistics. Her PhD research focused on innovating the measurement of the social meaning of language variation. More specifically, she studied on a number of implicit attitude measures recently developed in social psychology and investigated whether it is possible to adapt these new attitude measures and use them to study language attitudes. In her current work, Laura is further applying these new methods to study the social meaning of language variation in various speech communities, as well as to measure the acquisition of language attitudes in children and adults.
Projects obtained (grantees):
- FWO PhD fellowship: New approaches to measuring the social meaning of language variation. Exploring the Personalized Implicit Association Test and the Relational Responding Task, 2013-2017
- FWO Post Doc fellowship: Acquiring social meaning of language variation: An experimental exploration, 2019