I am a researcher and teacher in Applied Linguistics in the Department of English at Liverpool University. Most of my publications to date use a mixed methods approach to examine the language of historical letter collections (including eighteenth century pauper letters and nineteenth century letters of migration). I am especially interested in how ego-documents can help us to understand the lives and experiences of ordinary men and women, whilst also providing new perspectives on social, cultural and economic issues of the time. My current projects focus, in particular, on how new technologies can be used to analyse and visualise the language and content of digitised correspondence collections, allowing users to identify topics and themes in the discourse, or letter writing networks for example. Whilst my background is primarily in corpus linguistics (I completed my PhD in corpus linguistics at the University of Birmingham), my research approach is very much interdisciplinary and I have been fortunate to work with colleagues in the fields of history, migration studies and international relations, both in Europe and the US, to explore topics such as language and identity, processes of integration and the language of emotion. I would be interested in supervising doctoral work in any of these areas. In terms of my teaching, I worked on various EAP programmes before joining Coventry University where I taught modules in discourse analysis, corpus linguistics and stylistics on their undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Here at Liverpool, I teach on the MA TESOL and Applied Linguistics.
My academic support and feedback hour is Thursdays 3-4, or by appointment.