- Senior Lecturer (English Language)
- Corpus linguistics
- Collocation and phraseology
- English, Scottish English and Scots
- Modern Romance languages
- Translation theory and methodology
I have been a Lecturer in English Language at the University of Glasgow since 2009, and Senior Lecturer since 2012. From 2004-2008, I was Research Associate for the Scottish Corpus of Texts & Speech (SCOTS) and, briefly, Corpus of Modern Scottish Writing (CMSW) projects, which created large online corpora of texts in Scottish English and varieties of Scots. Before moving to Glasgow, I was a Teaching Fellow in French at the University of St Andrews, where I also completed my PhD in French linguistics.
I am Director of the Scottish Corpora projects, and on the Advisory Board of the Historical Thesaurus of English.
I am currently an Associate Editor for Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, and a Subject Editor (Linguistics) for Forum for Modern Language Studies.
Projects which I run or am associated with include:
Mapping Metaphor with the Historical Thesaurus
Metaphor in the Curriculum
Scottish Corpus of Texts & Speech
Corpus of Modern Scottish Writing
I currently supervise PhD and MPhil students in the areas of corpus linguistics, semantics, metaphor, lexicography and genre analysis. Please contact me if you would like to discuss a proposal for postgraduate study within my areas of specialism.
I teach on several Honours courses in the English Language subject area: Semantics, Grammars of English, and Culture and English Language Teaching. I also teach the 'Meaning and Mind' and 'Children and Language' components of the Level 1 English Language course.
I am currently Learning and Teaching convener for the School of Critical Studies, Deputy Dean of Learning and Teaching in the College of Arts, and Exams convener for English Language.