R212 Level 2
12 University Gardens
Glasgow G12 8QH
I am a Lecturer in English Language, and work mainly on digital humanities and the study of meaning in English. I work on and teach a range of material, including pragmatics, corpus linguistics, semantics, stylistics, cognitive linguistics, lexicology, discourse analysis, forensic linguistics, and computational linguistics.
My research interests primarily centre around the digital and cognitive analysis of language using the Historical Thesaurus of English. I am Principal Investigator of the AHRC/ESRC-funded SAMUELS (Semantic Annotation and Markup for Enhancing Lexical Searches) project.I have been part of the Thesaurus team for the past nine years, helping to produce the 2009Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionaryand carrying out research on its database, either individually or with Professor Christian Kay. I am currently deputy Director of the Thesaurus project and am working on a semantic and statistical history of English.
I am also Director of the STELLA Project, which is the UK's only dedicated computer laboratory for teaching English studies and a key site of pioneering work in computer-assisted learning and experimental digital research in language and literature for the past 25 years. I have also been an international fellow of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies in Monticello, Virginia, and am a co-investigator on the three-year AHRC-funded Mapping Metaphor with the Historical Thesaurusproject (2012-2015, Principal Investigator Dr Wendy Anderson). In addition, I have also been part of the JISC-funded Enroller (2009-2011) andParliamentary Discourse (2011-2012) interdisciplinary digital humanities projects (the former as part of HATII and the latter in collaboration with the Universities of Lancaster and Sheffield, both projects in conjunction with the Glasgow National eScience Centre and under the leadership of the previous STELLA Director Jean Anderson). Finally, I have also been part of psycholinguistic research related to linguistic persuasion and the nature of narrative reading as a collaborator with the AHRC-funded Stylistics, Text Analysis and Cognitive Science project (2002-2009, Directors Dr Catherine Emmott and Professor Anthony J. Sanford).
Beyond these projects, my current research interests centre around semantics in the digital humanities, and in particular the computational analysis of meaning in legal, political and scientific contexts. When not working on the above, I am presently developing an analysis of political and legal issues of interpretation in the UK Hansard (1803-2003), in the works of Thomas Jefferson, and in the the Scottish Institutional Writings.
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The research project grants I have been involved in since 2011 include the following:
2014-2015: Semantic Annotation and Mark-Up for Enhancing Lexical Searches (SAMUELS), PI myself, Co-Is Jean Anderson (University of Glasgow), Professor Dawn Archer (University of Central Lancashire), Dr Alistair Baron (Lancaster University), Professor Jonathan Hope (University of Strathclyde), Professor Lesley Jeffries (University of Huddersfield), Professor Christian Kay (University of Glasgow), Dr Paul Rayson (Lancaster University), Dr Brian Walker (University of Huddersfield), and Professor Mark Davies (Brigham Young, USA). RAs Dr Fraser Dallachy (Glasgow), Dr Scott Piao (Lancaster), and three others to be appointed (Lancaster, UCLAN, and Huddersfield). Technician Brian Aitken (Glasgow). (£406,352, AHRC grant AH/L010062/1)
2012-2015: Mapping Metaphor with the Historical Thesaurus, PI Dr Wendy Anderson, Co-Is myself, Prof Carole Hough and Prof Christian Kay. RA Dr Ellen Bramwell. (£387,702, AHRC grant AH/I02266X/1)
2011: Parliamentary Discourse. (£82,324, JISC eContent 2011, Strand A, with Jean Anderson)
2011: “The Language and the Sentiments of their Times”: Teaching the Language of Historical Text. PIs myself and Dr Andrew Struan, University of Virginia. (£3,599, HEA History Subject Centre)
2011: Scots Words and Place-names, PIs Prof Carole Hough and Jean Anderson. (£79,524, JISC eContent 2011, Strand B)
I would be pleased to supervise research in any of my fields of interest, and I particularly welcome proposals in the following areas:
Diachronic lexicology in English
Projects working on the Historical Thesaurus
The cognitive semantics of English
Corpus and computational approaches to meaning
The stylistic analysis of legal and political texts from Early Modern times to the present
The study of language and persuasion
Cognitive stylistics/poetics, particularly applied to popular fiction
In 2013-14, I convene Level 2 English Language and the Honours papers Literary and Linguistic Computing (open to all students in the School of Critical Studies) and Pragmatics and Spoken Discourse (semester 1 only). I also teach on the Semantics of English honours paper and lecture and tutor Levels 1 and 2 English Language. At postgraduate level, I convene and teach the School of Critical Studies Research Training Course.
I have previously taught most of the components of modern English language and linguistics at a variety of levels, particularly in the areas of text analysis, semantics and pragmatics, spoken discourse studies, corpus linguistics, diachronic lexicology, and modern English grammar.