The 39th annual meeting of the Linguistic Society of the Netherlands took place in Utrecht on February 2nd, 2008. The aim of the annual meetings is to provide members with the opportunity to report on their ongoing research.At this year's meeting, 91 papers were presented, of which 24 were submitted to the present volume. This volume contains a selection of these papers, which present an overview of current research in a variety of fields in linguistics.
1. Foreword; 2. Contributors; 3. Articles; 4. Pauses as indicators in story structure (Benin) (by Grool, Marjolijn); 5. Predicting intelligibility and perceived linguistic distance by means of the Levenshtein algorithm (by Beijering, Karin); 6. The Early Surinamese Creoles in the Suriname Creole Archive (SUCA) (by Berg, Margot van den); 7. VP-Internal DPs and Right-Dislocation in Zulu (by Buell, Leston); 8. How universal is the Universal Grinder? (by Cheng, Lisa L.S.); 9. Proper names used as Common Nouns in Belgian Dutch and German (by De Clercq, Karen); 10. Preposition stranding in development (by Coopmans, Peter); 11. Preliminary remarks on object-marking in Makalero (by Huber, Juliette); 12. Language Attrition in Dutch Emigrants in Anglophone Canada: Internally or externally-induced change? (by Keijzer, Merel C.J.); 13. NPI-licensing and dependent tense in Serbian (by Milicevic, Natasa); 14. Czech modal existential wh-constructions as vP-level free relatives (by Simik, Radek); 15. Intensive plurality: Hausa pluractional verbs and degree semantics (by Souckova, Katerina); 16. Mutual intelligibility of Chinese dialects tested functionally (by Tang, Chaoju); 17. The encoding of adjectives (by Verkerk, Annemarie); 18. The placement of bare plural subjects in Dutch (by Vogels, Jorrig)