The Henry Sweet Society for the History of Linguistic Ideas has awarded Dr. Rebeca Fernández Rodríguez and PhD student Anna Pytlowany (whose supervisors are Decaan Fred Weerman and Prof. Otto Zwartjes) the Martin Burr grant for the online reconstruction of Reland’s dispersed manuscripts collection to visualise his broad linguistic interests.
The Martin Burr grant supports any form of activity which brings together language and history and allows them to be enjoyed by a non-academic audience.
The name of Adriaan Reland (1676-1718) is instantly associated with his major works on Hebrew Antiquities, Islam, and Oriental languages. However, due to his premature death and the fact that only a fraction of his correspondence survived, little is known about the people and books that influenced his intellectual life.
On February 5, 2018, 300 years after his death, a colloquium at the Utrecht University was organised to commemorate Reland’s life and work, accompanied by an exhibition of Reland’s books, maps, and manuscripts from the Netherlands.