Joy Burrough-Boenisch

Photograph by Cesc Anadon

British-born Joy Burrough-Boenisch is a founder and honorary member of SENSE (the Society of English-language professionals in the Netherlands), who for many years has worked as an authors’ editor and translator for Dutch academics and scientists. She is a qualified member of the Institute of Translation and Interpreting. She also teaches scientific English to PhD and MSc students, is an experienced conference speaker and presenter, and has presented webinars. She has given workshops for language professionals on editing non-native English in various European countries and for the European Commission.

Originally a geographer, she learnt to edit in Sabah (Malaysia) and Australia, where she worked as an in-house and freelance copyeditor before moving to the Netherlands, where her interest in second language interference and non-native English led her to do a PhD in applied linguistics, on Dutch scientific English. Her book Righting English that’s Gone Dutch has proved very popular among translators and editors; first published in 1998, it is has since been substantially augmented and revised (the 3rd edition was published in 2013).

She also has a string of academic and professional publications on editing and non-native English to her name, including contributions to the book Supporting Research Writing: Roles and challenges in multilingual settings, (Chandos, 2013), edited by Valerie Matarese, and “Editing non-native English: reflections from a Netherlands-based editor on those who do it and the skills they should have.” The 21st Century Text III.

She is an experienced conference speaker, particularly at Mediterranean Editors and Translators conferences, and she gives popular talks on the delights of Dunglish. Click here for her LinkedIn profile.

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