Meertens Institute. Research and documentation of Dutch language and culture

The Meertens Institute studies and documents the Dutch language and Dutch culture. It concentrates on four areas of research: oral culture, traditions and rituals, syntactic variation and phonological variation. Increasingly, the Institute’s research results and collections are being taken up in databases that can be accessed from its website and used in new forms of research and by the general public.

The Institute intends its research to contribute to a better understanding of language and culture, in particular language diversity and dynamics.

Research at the Meertens Institute is carried out in teams of collaborating researchers, collection specialists and technical experts. The teams are assembled to work on a temporary research theme. The themes are defined in terms of their scientific relevance, explicit objectives, a concrete working plan, and expected output.


Visiting address

Oudezijds Achterburgwal 185
1012 DK Amsterdam

Postal address

Postbus 10855
1001 EW Amsterdam
Phone: 020 462 8500

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