Caroline Piotrowska (lecturer)

Caroline Piotrowska (lecturer)

Caroline Piotrowska is a researcher working in the field of linguistics, and a member of UPSET at the North-West University. She is involved in the compilation of a diachronic corpus of Black South African English (BSAE), collecting and processing fiction, letter, and newspaper data from the 1880s to the 2000s.
She is currently working on historical language change in BSAE, investigating the development of salient features of BSAE, and how these developments compare to those found within White South African English (WSAE). Her Masters dissertation, titled A Diachronic Analysis of the Progressive Aspect in Black South African English, investigated the development of the meanings of stative and dynamic verbs in BSAE when combined with the progressive aspect. In addition, she is concerned with how features of BSAE are perceived and whether they are acceptable to speakers of South African English.
Caroline is also interested in the mechanisms involved in processing and understanding language, the brain’s response to reading and writing in different genres, child and adult language acquisition, and the morpho-syntactic deviations found within E.E. Cummings’ poetry.