Marinus van den Berg studied Chinese at Leiden University between 1965 and 1971. After graduating he became assistant professor at the Chinese Department of that university and organized the modern language program. For his Ph.D. work he did a survey of the Taiwan language situation in 1977-78, and obtained his Ph.D. degree in 1985 with the study Language planning and language use in Taiwan: social identity, language accommodation, and language choice behavior. He is the organizer of the international research project Industrialization, Language Contact, and Identity Formation in China and Europe, which is sponsored by the Dutch National Science Council NWO. As part of that project he stayed between March and July 2005 at the Chinese Department of Fudan University and helped to direct a study of the language situation in Shanghai.
Project site: http://www.iias.nl/ilci/The Newsletter articles
2008b Urbanization, social class and language use: comparing Shanghai, Taipei, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen. Keynote speech. 第七屆臺灣語言及其教學國際學術研討會. 台北 2008年9月6、7日 星期六、日
2008a Discourse communities in Shenzhen: the life of Cantonese and Putonghua in southern China. 第六届中国社会语言学国际学术研讨会2008年3月27日 香港理工大学中文及双语学系
2007b 上海南京东路百货商店的语言行为. 国家语言资源与应用语言学高峰论坛。北京语言大学会议中心9月11日—9月12日 To be published by the Commercial Press.
2007a Language and identity in Shanghai. A study of 徐家汇Xujiahui Department Stores . Paper presented at the Leiden conference on “Industrialization, Language Contact, and Identity Formation in China and Europe”, Leiden, July 9-11. 2007.
2006b The study of bilingual language behaviour in major Chinese cities. Sampling verbal interactions in public places. Paper presented at the 1st International Conference on Chinese and European Sociolinguistics, Mannheim, Germany, July 13-15, 2006.
2006a The Chinese Particle LE. A study in common ground coordination. - in cooperation with G. Wu, University of Western Sydney, Australia. London:: Routledge.
(2005a) Vitality, identity, and language spread: the case of Shanghainese. In The Journal of Chinese Sociolinguistics.
(2005b). Language in three Shanghai Department Stores. Paper presented at the fourth International Conference of Chinese Sociolinguistics, Dec. 9-12, Guangzhou, China.
(2005c). "Language and Industrialization in China and Europe" Four approaches to the study of urban vernaculars. Paper presented at the 3rd Urban Ssurvey Seminar, Nanjing University, June 26.
(2002). A study of language behavior in large-scale urban environments and the surrounding countryside (in Chinese). Paper presented at the 1st International Conference of Chinese Sociolinguistics, Beijing Language and Culture University, Peking, September 7-9.
(1992). Ethnolinguistic identities and accommodation across generations in Taiwan. Journal of Asian Pacific communication 3/1, 145-164.
(1991). "Speech accommodation and communication accommodation: code-switching in large-scale urban communities.", In, Papers for the Symposium on Code-Switching in Bilingual Studies: Theory, Significance and Perspectives, Barcelona, 437-461.
(1988). Long term accommodation of (ethno)linguistic groups toward a societal language norm. Language and Communication 8/4, 251-269.
(1986a). Language planning and language use in Taiwan: social identity, language accommodation, and language choice behavior. International Journal of the Sociology of Language 59, 97-115.
(1986b). Language planning and language use in Taiwan : a study of language choice behavior in public settings. Taipei: Crane.
(1985). Language planning and language use in Taiwan : a study of language choice behavior in public settings; a contribution to the sociology of language. Ph.D. Diss. Leiden University.