Bertus van Rooy (Director)

Bertus van Rooy (Director)

Bertus van Rooy is professor in the research focus area Understanding and Processing Language in Complex Settings at the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University. His principal research interest at the moment is the constraints that shape the form of language, drawing on insights from construction grammar, corpus linguistics, and sociolinguistics. Together with fellow researchers and students, he explores the interplay between linguistic, socio-historical and psycholinguistic factors that constrain the shape of linguistic constructions as well as the ways in which they change over time. His data mainly come from synchronic and diachronic corpora of various forms of South African English, Afrikaans and Cape-Dutch, learner corpora and translation corpora. A significant focus of his current research is the verb phrase, with attention to tense, aspect, and modality and complementation. He is an active researcher in the field of World Englishes, and is also involved as writer of the syntax of the Afrikaans verb phrase as part of Taalportaal.

He has published more than 60 book chapters or articles in scientific journals across the world, including contributions to World Englishes, English World-Wide, Journal of English Linguistics, the International Journal for the Sociology of Language, Cambridge Handbook of Learner Corpus Research and the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of World Englishes. See his Google Scholar profile for more information. Eleven MA and twelve PhD students have already completed their degrees under his supervision, with a further eleven currently unrolled. He holds a B-rating from the National Research Foundation (Internationally Acclaimed Researcher). He served on the executive of the Linguistics Society of Southern Africa from 1998-2007, including three years as deputy president, and was also president of the International Association for World Englishes (2007-2008). He edited Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies from 2001 to 2003.