Dirk Noël is a linguist who studied English, Dutch and general linguistics at the University of Antwerp and holds a PhD in English linguistics from Ghent University. Prior to coming to HKU in 2006, he held teaching and research posts at the universities of Antwerp, Ghent and Leuven. His past research has included work on clausal complement constructions involving cognition, utterance and perception verbs, verb valency in a contrastive (English/French/Dutch) perspective, bilingual lexicography, textual coherence, and the longest ago the language of radio news bulletins. More recently, for a dozen or so years now, he has been engaged in theoretical and descriptive work in the field of diachronic construction grammar.


Courses offered in 2018-2019

ENGL1031       English grammar(s)
ENGL2004       English syntax




Selected representative publications

2018. 'Constructional renovation: The role of French legal language in the survival of the nominative-and-infinitive in Dutch.' In E. Zenner, A. Backus & E. Winter-Froemel (eds.), Cognitive Contact Linguistics: Placing usage, meaning and mind at the core of contact-induced variation and change (=Cognitive Linguistics Research, 62). Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. 305–337. (with Timothy Colleman) DOI: 10.1515/9783110619430-011

2017. 'The development of non-deontic be bound to in a radically usage-based diachronic construction grammar perspective.' Lingua 199: 72-93. DOI: 10.1016/j.lingua.2017.07.012

2016. 'For a radically usage-based diachronic construction grammar.' Belgian Journal of Linguistics 30: 39-53. DOI: 10.1075/bjl.30.03noe

2015. 'Recent quantitative changes in the use of modals and quasi-modals in the Hong Kong, British and American printed press: Exploring the potential of Factiva® for the diachronic investigation of World Englishes.' In P. Collins (ed.), Grammatical Change in English World-Wide (=Studies in Corpus Linguistics, 67). Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 437-464. (with Johan van der Auwera)

2014 'Tracing the history of deontic NCI patterns in Dutch: A case of polysemy copying.' In I. Taavitsainen, A. H. Jucker & J. Tuominen (eds.), Diachronic Corpus Pragmatics. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 213–236. (with Timothy Colleman)

2013 'Had better, ’d better and better: Diachronic and transatlantic variation.' In J. I. Marín Arrese, M. Carretero, J. Arús Hita & J. van der Auwera (eds.), English Modality: Core, Periphery and Evidentiality. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. 119-153. (with Johan van der Auwera and An Van linden)

2012 'The Dutch evidential NCI: A case of con­structional attrition.' Journal of Historical Pragmatics 13, 1: 1-28. (with Timothy Colleman)

2012 'The diverging need ( to)'s of Asian Englishes.' In Marianne Hundt & Ulrike Gut (eds.), Mapping Unity and Diversity World-Wide: Corpus-based Studies of New Englishes. Amsterdam: Ben­jamins. 55-76. (with Johan van der Auwera and Astrid De Wit)

2011 'Raising: Dutch between English and German.' Journal of Germanic Linguistics 23, 1: 1-36. (with Johan van der Auwera)

2010 'Believe-type raising-to-object and raising-to-subject verbs in English and Dutch: A contrastive investigation in diachronic construction grammar.' International Journal of Corpus Linguistics 15, 2: 157-182. (with Timothy Colleman)

2009 'Revisiting <be supposed to> from a diachronic constructionist perspective.' English Studies 90, 5: 599-623. (with Johan van der Auwera)

2009 ‘The nominative and infinitive in English and Dutch: An exercise in contrastive diachronic construction grammar.’ Languages in Contrast 9, 1: 143-180. (with T. Colleman)

2008 ‘The nominative and infinitive in Late Modern English: A diachronic constructionist approach.’ Journal of English Linguistics 36, 4: 314-340.

2007 'Diachronic construction grammar and grammaticalization theory.' Functions of Language 14, 2: 177-202.

2007 ‘Verb valency patterns, constructions and grammaticalization.’ In Th. Herbst & K. Gotz-Votteler (eds.) Valency: Theoretical, Descriptive and Cognitive Issues. (= Trends in Linguistics, Studies and Monographs 187.) Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. 67-83.

2006 The Contragram Dutch-French-English Contrastive Verb Valency Dictionary. Ghent: Ghent University. (with T. Colleman, B. Defrancq and F. Devos)

2004 'Revisiting the passive of infinitival perception verb complements' Studia Neophilologica 76: 12-29.

2003 'Translations as evidence for semantics: An illustration.' Linguistics 41, 4: 757-785.

2003 'Is there semantics in all syntax? The case of accusative and infinitive constructions vs. that-clauses.' In G. Rohdenburg & B. Mondorf (eds.) Determinants of Grammatical Variation in English. (=Topics in English Linguistics, 43). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. 347-377.

2001 'The passive matrices of English infinitival complement clauses: Evidentials on the road to auxiliarihood?' Studies in Language 25, 2: 255-296.

1998 'Infinitival copular complement clauses in English: Explaining the predominance of passive matrix clauses.' Linguistics 36, 6: 1045-1063.

1997 'The choice between infinitives and that-clauses after believe.' English Language and Linguistics 1, 2: 271-284.

1997 'English as, French comme and Dutch als: conjunctions, prepositions or what?' In J. Aarts, I. de Monnink & H. Wekker (eds.) Studies in English Language and Teaching. Amsterdam: Rodopi. 123-140. (with A.-M. Simon-Vandenbergen)

1996 'Contrastive verb valency and conceptual structures in the verbal lexicon.' Language Sciences 18, 1-2: 319-338. (with F. Devos and B. Defrancq)

1995 'Considering bilingual dictionaries against a corpus: Do English-French dictionaries present "real English"?' Lexikos 5 (AFRILEX series 5B): 57-81. (with B. Defrancq and F. Devos)

1990 'Coherence relations and mental models.' Linguistica Antverpiensia XXIV: 149-159.

1986 Towards a Functional Characterization of the News of the BBC World Service. (= Antwerp Papers in Linguistics, 49.) Antwerp: University of Antwerp.



2014 Diachronic Approaches to Modality in World Englishes. Special issue of Journal of English Linguistics (42, 1). Los Angeles: Sage Publications. (with Bertus van Rooy and Johan van der Auwera)

2004 Contrastive Analysis in Language: Identifying Linguistic Units of Comparison. Houndmills: Palgrave Macmillan (with D. Willems, B. Defrancq and T. Colleman)

1997 Reconnecting Language: Morphology and Syntax in Functional Perspectives. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. (= Current Issues in Linguistic Theory, 154.) (with A.-M. Simon-Vandenbergen and K. Davidse)

(1994-1997) Functions of Language, Volumes 1-4. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins. (with K. Davidse and A.-M. Simon-Vandenbergen)

(1989-1992) Occasional Papers in Systemic Linguistics, Volumes 3-6. Nottingham: Dept. of English Studies, University of Nottingham.



Last updated: 28 November 2018