Linguistics at Newcastle

Staff Profile

Dr William van der Wurff

Senior Lecturer in Linguistics


Research Interests

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

Current Work

The syntax of NO in early Modern English; anaphoric NPs in early Modern English; adjective-plus-infinitive constructions in late Modern English; reverse reanalysis as a mechanism of language change.

Postgraduate Supervision

See the above areas.


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