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    Grammatical and lexical variation in the English language across time, space and communicative context; the relationship between speech and writing in both present day and earlier stages of English; digital language practices; forensic linguistics.


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    Research interests

    History of English

    Most of my research to date has been within the field of English historical linguistics. My 2018 monograph adopts a discourse-analytic, pragma-philological approach to investigate discourse connectives, vocatives and lexical bundles present in a corpus of sixteenth and early seventeenth century manuscript letters. I have also published on linguistic borrowing from French into English during the Middle English period, the interface between historical semantics and lexicography, and the socio-pragmatics of gender, power and stance in sixteenth-century English letters, evidenced by the use of self-reference forms, namely pronominals and nominal categories. My historical linguistics research often utilizes theories and methods from manuscript studies, corpus linguistics and digital humanities, and combines qualitative and quantitative techniques.

    Digital language practices

    I have recently been investigating digital language practices. I am particularly interested in digital orality. 

    Forensic linguistics

    I am interested in forensic linguistics, especially where it might intersect with historical linguistics, for instance in relation to authorship analysis or the origins and effects of legal language.



    Research Groups

    • Linguistics Research Group
    • Corpus Research Group
    • Fiction Writer's Network


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