Dr William van der Wurff
Senior Lecturer in Linguistics

Research Interests

The history of English, diachronic syntax, grammaticalisation, tense-mood-aspect systems, Bengali linguistics

Other Expertise

Second language acquisition; academic writing; English in Europe

Current Work

Language change and constructions; reverse reanalysis as a mechanism of language change; negative and other imperatives; the change from object-verb to verb-object order in the history of English; 19th-century English grammar; introduction to Bengali

Postgraduate Supervision

I welcome applications from suitably-qualified students who are interested in postgraduate work in the following fields :
a) the history of the English language;
b) general processes of language change;
c) the interaction between formal and functional factors in language variation;
d) phenomena relating to tense, mood/modality and aspect;
e) Bengali linguistics.

Esteem Indicators

Secretary-treasurer of the Netherlands Society for English Studies (2000-2003)
Member of the Board of the Netherlands Society for English Studies (2003-2006)
Secretary-treasurer of the Bangladesh Institute, the Netherlands (1992- )
Fellow of English Association (elected 2003)
Member of editorial board of the journal English Language and Linguistics (CUP; 2007- )

Refereeing work for the journals English Language and Linguistics, Journal of Linguistics, Diachronica, Transactions of the Philological Society, Neophilologus, and for volumes published by Cambridge University Press, Benjamins, Mouton de Gruyter.

External PhD examining at University of York, Radboud University Nijmegen, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Undergraduate Teaching

SEL 1012 Introduction to English Historical Linguistics
SEL 3007 English in the Nineteenth Century
SEL 3008 Early Modern English
SEL 3025 New Words in English