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Prof. dr. A.J. (Bertus) van Rooy

Bertus van Rooy is professor of English linguistics at the University of Amsterdam. His main field of interest is World Englishes, focussing on how new grammatical features arise and gain acceptance in settings of language contact. His work is usually corpus-based, and he has compiled corpora of learner English, contemporary English for different varieties of South African English, and historical corpora for earlier periods of South African English. for He also works on the syntax of Afrikaans and language contact between Afrikaans and English.
Faculty of Humanities
Capaciteitsgroep Engelse taal en cultuur
Photographer: Mardo Photos

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  • Publications


    • van Rooy, A. J. (2024). World Englishes: The local lives of a global languages. Edinburgh University Press.


    • Esimaje, A., van Rooy, B., Jolayemi, D., Nkemleke, D., & Klu, E. (Eds.) (2023). African perspectives on the teaching and learning of English in higher education. (Global South Perspectives on TESOL). Routledge. [details]
    • Kotze, H., Korhonen, M., Smith, A., & van Rooy, A. J. (2023). Salient differences between Australian oral parliamentary discourse and its official written records: A comparison of ‘close’ and ‘distant’ analysis methods. In M. Korhonen, H. Kotze, & J. Tyrkkö (Eds.), Exploring Language and Society with Big Data: Parliamentary Discourse across Time and Space (pp. 54-88). John Benjamins Publishing Company.
    • van Rooy, A. J. (2023). Subject clauses in Afrikaans. In I. Feinauer, & R. Gouws (Eds.), Fritz Ponelis en die Afrikaanse Taalkunde (pp. 289-310). Sun Media.



    • Botha, W., van Rooy, B., & Coetzee-Van Rooy, S. (2021). Researching South African Englishes. World Englishes, 40(1), 2-11. [details]
    • Botha, W., van Rooy, B., & Coetzee-van Rooy, S. (2021). South African Englishes: A contemporary bibliography. World Englishes, 40(1), 136-151. [details]
    • Coetzee-Van Rooy, S., & van Rooy, B. (2021). The History of English Language Attitudes within the Multilingual Ecology of South Africa. In A. Onysko (Ed.), Research Developments in World Englishes (pp. 121-147). (Bloomsbury Advances in World Englishes). Bloomsbury Academic. [details]
    • Maritz, A., & van Rooy, B. (2021). “Linking the Dots”: Metaphors in the Narrative of Self-Justification by Former President Zuma. Language Matters, 52(1), 30-49. [details]
    • Smith, A., Korhonen, M., Kotze, H., & van Rooy, B. (2021). Modal and Semi-modal Verbs of Obligation in the Australian, New Zealand and British Hansards, 1901–2015. In P. Peters, & K. Burridge (Eds.), Exploring the Ecology of World Englishes in the Twenty-first Century: Language, Society and Culture (pp. 301-323). Edinburgh University Press. [details]
    • Van Rooy, B. (2021). A Diasystematic Construction Grammar analysis of language change in the Afrikaans and English finite verb complement clause construction. In H. C. Boas, & S. Höder (Eds.), Constructions in Contact 2: Language change, multilingual practices, and additional language acquisition (pp. 109-138). (Constructional Approaches to Language; Vol. 30). John Benjamins Publishing Company. [details]
    • van Rooy, B. (2021). Grammatical change in South African Englishes. World Englishes, 40(1), 24-37. [details]
    • van Rooy, B. (2021). Reflections of Afrikaans in the English Short Stories of Herman Charles Bosman. In P. Peters, & K. Burridge (Eds.), Exploring the Ecology of World Englishes in the Twenty-first Century: Language, Society and Culture (pp. 46-63). Edinburgh University Press. [details]



    • Fuchs, R., van Rooy, B., & Gut, U. (2019). Corpus-based research on English in Africa. In A. U. Esimaje, U. Gut, & B. E. Antia (Eds.), Corpus Linguistics and African Englishes (pp. 38–69). John Benjamins.
    • Kruger, H., van Rooy, B., & Smith, A. (2019). Register change in the British and Australian Hansard (1901-2015). Journal of English Linguistics, 47(3), 183-220.
    • van Rooy, B. (2019). Evaluating explanations for past-time reference with unmarked verb forms in African Englishes. In A. U. Esimaje, U. Gut, & B. E. Antia (Eds.), Corpus Linguistics and African Englishes (pp. 186-204). John Benjamins.
    • van Rooy, B. (2019). Learner corpus research in South Africa (1989-2019). Language Matters, 50(3), 70-89.
    • van Rooy, B. (2019). Reconsidering Kachru’s work on Englishes in their multilingual ecologies. World Englishes, 38(1&2), 280-293.


    • Kruger, H., & van Rooy, B. (2018). Register variation in written contact varieties of English. English World Wide, 39(2), 214-242.
    • van Rooy, B., & Kruger, H. (2018). Hybridity, globalisation and models of Englishes. In S. C. Deshors (Ed.), Modeling World Englishes: Assessing the interplay of emancipation and globalization of ESL varieties (pp. 77-108). John Benjamins.



    • Kruger, H., & Van Rooy, B. (2016). Constrained language: A multidimensional analysis of translated English and a non-native indigenised variety of English. English World-Wide, 37(1), 26-57.
    • Kruger, H., & van Rooy, B. (2016). Syntactic and pragmatic transfer effects in reported-speech constructions in three contact varieties of English influenced by Afrikaans. Language Sciences, 56, 118-131.
    • Van Rooy, B., & Kruger, H. (2016). Faktore wat die weglating van die Afrikaanse onderskikker dat bepaal. Tydskrif vir Geesteswetenskappe, 56(1), 102-116.
    • van Rooy, B. (2016). Present perfect and past tense in Black South African English. In Re-assessing the Present Perfect: Corpus Studies and Beyond (Vol. 91, pp. 149-168). De Gruyter.
    • van Rooy, B., & Kruger, H. (2016). The innovative progressive aspect of Black South African English: The role of language proficiency and normative processes. International Journal of Learner Corpus Research, 2(2), 205-228.


    • Bekker, I., & Van Rooy, B. (2015). The pronunciation of english in South Africa. In The Handbook of English Pronunciation (pp. 286-300). Wiley.
    • van Rooy, B. (2015). Annotating learner corpora. In The Cambridge Handbook of Learner Corpus Research (pp. 79-106). Cambridge University Press.
    • van Rooy, B., & Coetzee-Van Rooy, S. (2015). The language issue and academic performance at a South African University. Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, 33(1), 31-46.
    • van Rooy, B., & Kruger, H. (2015). The case for an emergentist approach. STELLENBOSCH PAPERS IN LINGUISTICS PLUS-SPIL PLUS, 48, 41-67.
    • van Rooy, B., & Piotrowska, C. (2015). The development of an extended time period meaning of the progressive in Black South African English. In P. Collins (Ed.), Grammatical Change in English World-Wide (pp. 465-483). (Studies in Corpus Linguistics; Vol. 67). John Benjamins Publishing Company.



    • Van Rooy, B. (2013). Corpus linguistic work on black South African english. English Today, 29(1), 10-15.
    • van Rooy, B., & Pretorius, E. J. (2013). Is reading in an agglutinating language different from an analytic language? An analysis of isiZulu and English reading based on eye movements. Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, 31(3), 281-297.



    • Van Rooy, B., & Van Den Doel, R. (2011). Dutch and Afrikaans as post-pluricentric languages. International Journal of the Sociology of Language, (212), 1-22.
    • van Rooy, B. (2011). A principled distinction between error and conventionalized innovation in African Englishes. In J. Mukherjee, & M. Hundt (Eds.), Exploring Second-Language Varieties of English and Learner Englishes (pp. 189-207). (Studies in Corpus Linguistics; Vol. 44). John Benjamins Publishing Company.








    • van Rooy, B., & Pretorius, R. (2003). A word-class tagset for Setswana. Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, 21(4), 203-222.
    • van Rooy, B., Wissing, D., & Paschall, D. D. (2003). Demystifying incomplete neutralisation during final devoicing. Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, 21(1-2), 49-66.


    • Van Rooy, B. (2002). Stress placement in Tswana English: The makings of a coherent system. World Englishes, 21(1), 145-160.
    • van Rooy, N., & Schäfer, N. (2002). The effect of learner errors on POS tag errors during automatic POS tagging. Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, 20(4), 325.
    • van der Walt, J. L., & van Rooy, B. (2002). Towards a norm in South African Englishes. World Englishes, 21(1), 113-128.


    • van Rooy, B., & Wissing, D. (2001). Distinctive [voice] implies regressive voicing assimilation. In Distinctive Feature Theory (pp. 295-334). Mouton de Gruyter.


    • van Rooy, B. (2023). Linguistic dualities: Deconstructible or defensible? Stellenbosch Papers in Linguistics Plus, 67(1), 107-114.


    • Noël, D., van Rooy, B., & van der Auwera, J. (2014). Diachronic Approaches to Modality in World Englishes: Introduction to the Special Issue. Journal of English Linguistics, 42(1), 3-6. Advance online publication. [details]
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