My main research interests include variation in the English language, present and past, corpus linguistics, historical pragmatics and early manuscript studies. I specialise in the Early Modern English period and have done research on the English language used in Britain and in the early North-American colonies. Among my more recent interests are spoken interaction in the past and developments in nineteenth-century English. With Peter Grund and Terry Walker, I am currently working on an electronic text edition of Early Modern depositions. Most of my research is done within the corpus linguistics framework: I am curious to learn how people used language in the past and today, and what factors seem to have influenced language change.
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