5-6 June 2014: SGdS - Language and Learning: The history of linguistics in the context of education

Studienkreis Geschichte der Sprachwissenschaft (SGdS)

From its earliest beginnings up to the present day, linguistics has been closely connected with the domain of education. Ancient grammarians were active as teachers, and grammatical treatises played an important role in the Greek and Roman school curriculum. The Grammaire générale et raisonnéede Port-Royal (1660) is a landmark in the history of linguistics, but is also inspired by the earlier educational activities of one of its authors, Claude Lancelot, who published pedagogical grammars of Latin and Greek. The nineteenth-century invention of syntactic parsing immediately found its way into schoolbooks, and remains the main linguistic topic offered in Dutch secondary education today.

The conference Language and Learning: The history of linguistics in the context of education will focus on the interaction between linguistics as the study of language, and education as the field of language teaching and learning.

Keynote speakers

Nils Langer (University of Bristol)
Ineke Sluiter (Leiden University)


The programme for the 25th Internationales Kolloquium des Studienkreises Geschichte der Sprachwissenschaft has now been finalized and can be downloaded here. Please bear in mind that the programme may still be subject to last minute changes.

- SGdS programme

Organizing Committee

Casper de Jonge (Leiden University)
Gijsbert Rutten (Leiden University)
Angelika Rüter (Münster)

Travel information

Arrival by air
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is the main international airport of the Netherlands, and a major air hub in Europe. To and from Leiden, the train is the easiest way of travelling to the airport, which takes approximately 15 minutes. Trains leave in both directions every fifteen minutes between 6 am and midnight, and about every hour at night. You can easily plan your train journey by checking the schedule online. The smaller Rotterdam The Hague Airport is also close by.

Arrival by train
Leiden can be reached on international trains via major cities in its proximity such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht. These cities are services by two high speed train connections: to the south to Brussels and Paris (also connecting to London) and to the East to Koln and Frankfurt, as well as regular speed international train connections to most other major cities in Europe. You can find train schedules online.

Arrival by car
Leiden is located between the A4 and A44 motorways. Although the small city centre is a pedestrian-only area, visitors will find parking facilities just outside this area, and all venues will be within walking distance.

More information
For more information, see the website of Leiden's Tourist Information.

Accommodation in Leiden

All participants are asked to make their own hotel reservations. Below you can find a list with some suitable options.

All participants are kindly advised to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements.
You may find the following website useful for booking hotels in and around Leiden: http://www.hotels.nl/leiden/.

Please try to book your hotel room well in advance. Leiden receives many international visitors throughout the year, and many hotels may be fully booked.

Some hotels convenient to the conference location are listed below:

Hotel Nieuw Minerva
Boommarkt 23
2311 EA Leiden
phone: +31-(0)71-5126358
fax: +31-(0)71-5142674
e-mail: hotel@nieuwminerva.nl
website: http://www.nieuwminerva.nl/en/

Hotel de Doelen
Rapenburg 2
2311 EV Leiden
phone: +31-(0)71-5120527
email: hotel@dedoelen.com
website: http://www.dedoelen.com/

IBIS Leiden Centre
Stationsplein 240-242
2312 AR Leiden
phone: +31 71 5160000
fax : +31 715120990
website: http://www.accorhotels.com/gb/hotel-8087-ibis-leiden-centre/index.shtml

For more options, and some B&B's and pensions, you can find a list attached in pdf.


It is now possible to register for SGdS. The registration fee is 60 euro and includes a conference bag and folder, coffee and tea, and two lunches.

For the conference dinner there will be a seperate fee. More information on the dinner will follow soon.

To register for the conference, you can follow this link. A 'paylogic' window will open where you can select your choices, leave your details and pay with credit card or via IDeal (for Dutch participants).

If you have any questions regarding the registration process or problems that arise, please contact the conference assistant Anne Rose Haverkamp.


The conference will take place in the Lipsius building (address: Cleveringaplaats 1). This is the main building of Leiden's Faculty of Humanities and located on (15 minutes) walking distance from the central train station.

Here you can find:
- A map of Leiden with the route from the train station to the Lipsius marked on it
- A map of the Faculty of Humanities and Archeology
- A map of the Lipsius building

The registration will take place on Thursday 5 June, between 9.00 and 9.30, in room 001 of the Lipsius building.

The lectures will (most probably) be held in room 147 of the Lipsius building. 

Last Modified: 29-04-2014