Project Dunglish

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Lotte Tavecchio of the Vrije Universiteit (Free University) in Amsterdam is actually doing some Dunglish research for her Ph.D.: Project Dunglish (in Dutch). Her goal is to find out more about Dutch people’s written English by analysing a large body of works to produce “a corpus-based contrastive analysis of English and Dutch sentencing patterns”. She tells me she will be finished in 2008 at the latest.

If all goes well, part of her project will involve having Brits read a bunch of texts and determine whether they were written by Dutch people or not. I jokingly mentioned that I am 95% right on a daily basis at work, but then I have many Dutch clients. Her findings will hopefully establish better teaching methods for Dutch people, knowing precisely where Dunglish crops up. Being able to back all this up scientifically is the most interesting part.

5 Responses to “Project Dunglish”

  1. Eric says:

    Hm, I think step one would be to teach dutch people how to properly write *dutch* :-S
    “Wand, daar gaad ut ook al vaak al mis……..”

  2. Natashka says:

    That’s not what this site is about and you know it 🙂

  3. Eric says:

    *sigh* Jah.

  4. Reinout says:

    More from the Vrije Universiteit (‘Free University’ sounds wrong, it’s not gratis but libre!) :

    De Taalvervuilingsaward (Language pollution-prijs)

    About Dunglish words seeping into management jargon etc… interesting!

  5. Natashka says:

    Tja libre, in French !

    That’s how it’s translated on their site, so don’t look at me 🙂

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