Philip van der Merwe is a senior lecturer in the School of Languages in the Subject Group: German at the North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus) in South Africa. He has published on the fiction of Hans-Ulrich Treichel and E.L. Doctorow. He teaches German literature as well as German as a foreign language.
My research career started in 2009 when I began compiling the Historical Corpus of South African English, consisting of personal and business letters, news reportage, fiction and non-fiction from all over the country, and spanning from the 1820s to the present. I became more and more interested in the grammatical and semantic changes that occurred within this unique variety of English over time.