John started his PhD project with the Meaning, Culture and Cognition group in September 2016. In his project, he will look at linguistic variation and mutual intelligibility across the Japanese archipelago, with a focus on the Ryukyuan languages spoken in the south. The project will comprise three parts. The first part will study variation in word form, using dialectometric techniques to assess linguistic variation on the phonetic and lexical levels. The second part will focus on variation in word meaning, drawing from cross-linguistic comparative research to study variation across semantic domains. The final part will study mutual intelligibility both across Ryukyuan languages, and between Ryukyuan and mainland Japanese varieties. The overarching goal of the project is to contribute to our understanding of how language varieties diverge from each other by combining findings from the three studies to investigate how these three levels of variation (phonetic, lexical, semantic) are related to each other and how they influence mutual intelligibility.
John completed his bachelor’s degree Oriental Languages and Communication – majoring in Japanese – at Zuyd University Maastricht (2010), and continued his studies through a pre-master Communication- and Information Sciences (2012) and a Research Master in Language and Communication (2015) at Tilburg University. John worked with the group before as both a student assistant and research assistant. During that time, he wrote his thesis on how word frequency and semantic context influence odour naming, which earned him the Tilburg University Research Master’s Thesis Award. Furthermore, he worked on two projects that look at cross-modal associations: one on assocations between colour and taste in Turkish and Dutch; and one on associations between odour, colour and temperature in Maniq, Thai and Dutch. Besides his work for the group, he has worked on projects on Limburgish dialects through Tilburg University and the University of Oslo.
Wnuk, E., Valk, J. M., Huisman, J. L. A., & Majid, A. (2017). Hot and Cold Smells: Odor-Temperature Associations across Cultures. Frontiers in Psychology, 8. Link to source
De Valk, J. M., Wnuk, E., Huisman, J. L., & Majid, A. (2017). Odor–color associations differ with verbal descriptors for odors: A comparison of three linguistically diverse groups. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 24(4), 1171-1179. Link to source | Full text (pdf)
- Huisman, J. L. A. (2015). What’s in a name? How the veridical label affects odour naming. Guest lecture at the “Foundations of Language and Communication” Research Master’s course Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
- Huisman, J. L. A. (2014). What’s in a name? The influence of label properties on odour naming. Presentation at the “Olfactory language across cultures” workshop Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
- Buyruk, P., Huisman, J. L. A., & Majid, A. (2016) Taste-Colour Associations in Turkish and Dutch. Poster presented at the Perception Metaphor workshop, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
|Jun. 2016-Jul. 2016||Institute on Collaborative Language Research (CoLang 2016), University of Alaska, Fairbanks, United States|
|Sep. 2012- Aug.2015||Research Master Language and Communication, Tilburg University, Tilburg, the Netherlands. Thesis grade: 9.5; GPA: 8.6|
|Sep. 2011- Aug.2012||Pre-Master Communication- and Information Sciences, Tilburg University, Tilburg, the Netherlands. GPA: 8.0|
|Sep. 2006- Aug.2010||Bachelor Oriental Languages and Communication (Japanese major), Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, Maastricht, the Netherlands. GPA: 7.5|
|Sep. 2000- Aug. 2006||VWO, College Rolduc, Kerkrade, the Netherlands.|
|Oct. 2015-present||Research Assistant, Meaning, Culture and Cognition research group, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands|
|Oct. 2015-present||Research Assistant, Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan, University of Oslo, Olso, Norway|
|Mar. 2015-Aug. 2015||Student assistant, Meaning, Culture and Cognition research group, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands|
|Sep. 2013-Aug. 2014||Research intern, Meaning, Culture and Cognition research group, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands|
|Jan. 2013-Dec. 2013||Student assistant, Children and Learning research project, Tilburg University, Tilburg, the Netherlands|
Honours and grants
|2015||Tilburg University Research Master’s Thesis Prize (€4.000)|
|2013||KNAW Academy Assistants Programme (€5.000)|