I am a Senior Research Manager in the Research and Thought Leadership Group at Cambridge Assessment English, and a PhD Research Student at the ESRC funded Centre for Corpus Approaches to Social Science at Lancaster University, under the supervision of Professor Tony McEnery.
My research interests are:
- Corpus linguistics
- Methods in compiling spoken corpora
- Lexical/grammatical variation in spoken British English
- Corpus based critical discourse analysis
I am part of the research team that is responsible for the compilation of the Spoken British National Corpus 2014 (Spoken BNC2014): a new, 11.5 million word corpus of informal, real-life spoken British English. I and colleagues at CASS collaborated with Cambridge University Press to prepare this corpus, which was made publicly available on September 25 2017 via Lancaster University’s CQPweb server. Visit the BNC2014 project website for more information about the project, including access to the corpus.
My PhD thesis (submitted 2017) investigates the methodological issues encountered in the compilation of the Spoken BNC2014 and presents some initial linguistic analyses of the data, with a focus on ‘bad language’.
I was an Associate Lecturer at the Department of Linguistics and English Language, Lancaster University (2014-17). I have taught seminars on:
- Linguistics (1st year UG)
- Linguistic typology (2nd year UG)
- Corpus-based English language studies (3rd year UG)
- Research methods in corpus linguistics (MA)
Prior to starting my PhD I received a BA Hons Linguistics (first) from Lancaster University (2013) followed by an MA Language and Linguistics (distinction) from Lancaster University (2014).