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.