School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics

Staff Profile

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

The etymology of YES; the syntax of NO in early Modern English; anaphoric NPs in early Modern English; reverse reanalysis as a mechanism of language change; the change from object-verb to verb-object order in the history of English; textbook for Bengali

Postgraduate Supervision

See the above areas.


Various modules on the history of English and language change; lexical innovation in present-day English; Bengali linguistics.