Dr Fraser Dallachy
- Lecturer in the Historical Thesaurus of English (English Language & Linguistics)
My primary interests are in historical linguistics and the use of corpus linguistic methodologies for research into historical forms of language. I have a focus on Middle English language and literature, in particular the way in which didactic and conduct literature justified its advice through relation to authority figures. In my role as Deputy Director of the Historical Thesaurus of English, I work extensively with historical semantics, lexicographical resources, and language corpora, including projects which explore automated linking methods between thesauruses and dictionaries data. I have also worked on integrating these resources with Natural Language Programming tools, such as semantic annotation software. For these and the Thesaurus, my main (but not exclusive) focus is on Middle and Early Modern English, with a side interest in the effect that Latin language and literature has had on the development of the English language and its literature.
I have additional interests in the physical objects - manuscripts and early printed books - from which we draw our knowledge of historical language, and catalogued the manuscripts and investigated the likely audience of a medieval didactic poem (a Middle English translation of the Disticha Catonis) for my PhD research. In an extension of this subject, I am also interested in pragmatics and stylistics particularly in the fields of 'believability', with special interest in the linguistic traits that increase the probability that ideas in texts will either be taken up and passed on, or rejected by their audience.
I am interested in supervising research on historical (especially Middle and Early Modern) English from a semantic and/or pragmatic angle, especially in applying semantic annotation or other corpus linguistic approaches. I would welcome projects which work either with historical corpora or manuscripts/early printed books. Work on didactic or 'rule-based' literature and its language is especially welcome.
- Medieval English Literature 1 (Medieval language and texts)
- History of English
- Corpus Linguistics
- Dissertation course
- Middle English (Chaucer's 'Pardoner's Tale')
- For Information Studies: Text annotation and text mining
I am Deputy Director of the Historical Thesaurus of English, and am currently working with colleagues here in Glasgow and at the Oxford English Dictionary to update the Thesaurus to its 2nd edition, adding new words, senses, and improved dating to the resource. As part of this I supervise Research Assistants, as well as undergraduate project and research scholarship students.