The Syntactic Atlas of the Dutch Dialects

  • Sjef Barbiers Meertens Institute, Amsterdam
  • Hans Bennis Meertens Institute, Amsterdam
Keywords: data collection, DynaSAND, Flemish, questionnaire, SAND, Syntactic Atlas of the Dutch Dialects, syntax


This paper discusses some of the advantages and disadvantages of the various choices we had to make in order to realize the Syntactic Atlas of the Dutch Dialects (SAND) in a relatively short period. The idea is that by presenting the SAND in this way, we enable the ScanDiaSyn project and other new dialect syntax projects to profit from our experience in a similar enterprise. The presentation and explicitation of the choices we had to make, the problems we had to face and the mistakes we have made will not necessarily be the same choices, problems, and mistakes that will arise in the Scandinavian project, but it might give an indication of where problems may be expected and how mistakes may be prevented.