Personal profile


I am an English language teacher with a professional background in lexicography and corpus linguistics.  During my career I have contributed to more than 30 published dictionaries and language reference works, including the COBUILD range, the Partridge Dictionary of Slang, and the Dante lexical database.

I am particularly interested in the digital humanities and crowdsourced language data, and am part of a team exploring the lexical features of online discussion among citizen scientists. We have compiled a large corpus of online talk in citizen science, and recently contributed a chapter based on this work to the Routledge Handbook of English Language and Digital Humanities.

Education/Academic qualification

MA, M Soc Sc Cultural Studies, University of Birmingham

Award Date: 31 Aug 1998

BA (Hons), French, University of Birmingham

Award Date: 1 Jul 1978


  • P Philology. Linguistics
  • lexicography
  • corpus linguistics


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