Professor of English Language, University of Leicester

Professor Coleman's research interests lie in the history of the English language, particularly the history of the lexis and the slang and cant dictionary tradition.

Professor Coleman's four monographs on the cant and slang dictionary tradition cover the sixteenth to the twentieth century and her The Life of Slang outlines the history of slang around the English-speaking world. In addition to continued work on slang, Professor Coleman is currently working on the language of Bunyan and the influence of advertising on the English language.

Experience

  • –present
    Professor of English Language, University of Leicester