I am a Lecturer in English Language in the Department of English, Languages and Applied Linguistics (ELAL), School of Social Sciences and Humanities at Aston University, UK. I am a researcher and educator in English language and linguistics, with a specialism in corpus linguistics. Before joining Aston, I held research positions at the University of Leeds and Cambridge Assessment English (University of Cambridge). I have a PhD in Linguistics from Lancaster University.
I mainly research spoken English – how it varies and how it is changing – using corpus methods. My book “Overcoming Challenges in Corpus Construction” (Routledge, 2020) describes my work on the creation of the spoken component of the British National Corpus 2014. I am currently conducting research which uses this and other spoken corpora to explore recent change in spoken grammar and discourse. In a nutshell, my research harnesses the power of technology to better understand how people use language and, ultimately, help people to communicate more effectively.
I am a member of the British Association for Applied Linguistics (BAAL) Executive Committee, and I sit on the committee of the BAAL Corpus Linguistics Special Interest Group as Communications Officer. At Aston, I am convenor of the Aston Corpus Linguistics Research Group, which is housed within the Aston Centre for Applied Linguistics.
I offer linguistics consultancy on a freelance basis, regularly working with non-academic partners to apply linguistic research to industry challenges.
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), Advance HE, 2021
PhD Linguistics, Lancaster University, 2018
MA Language and Linguistics, Lancaster University, 2014
BA Hons Linguistics, Lancaster University, 2013