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About me

I am a researcher working on 'Technical Language and Semantic Shift in Middle English', a project led by Prof. Louise Sylvester and Prof. Richard Ingham, and funded by The Leverhulme Trust.

I studied for my undergraduate degree at the University of Nottingham (BA Hons English Studies) and have a PhD in Linguistics from the University of the West of England.

I have worked as a Research Associate on the Family Names project at the University of the West of England, have been secretary of the Society for Name Studies in Britain and Ireland and am currently a council member of the English Place-Name Society.

I am interested in the history of the English language, and have had work published on Middle English dialectology, surname history, and the relationship between the lexicon and the onomasticon.

Teaching

I have taught English Language to undergraduate students, covering subjects such as Old English, Middle English, the cultural history of English, and dialectology.

Research

My main research interests are in the history of the English language, in particular Middle English vocabulary, Middle English dialectology, and the use of onomastic data for the analysis of regional dialect lexis and phonology.

I am committed to public outreach, and have taken my research to primary schools and heritage sites in an effort to widen public awareness of the history of the English language.

Publications

For details of all my research outputs, visit my WestminsterResearch profile.