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Professor of English, University of Newcastle

We have a Centre for Literary and Linguistic Computing at Newcastle, which I now direct. It was started by John Burrows, now Emeritus Prof, in 1989. We started with strictly literary topics, and that is still the heart of things, but language is such wonderfully rich data, in regular use, as well as in plays, poems and novels, that new stylistic problems constantly present themselves. What can the language we write tell us about our cognitive functioning, or about the life stages we might share with a wider population? How does language change over time, within an art form like drama, and outside the theatre? What's the interaction between personal styles and house styles for journalists?


  • –present
    Professor, University of Newcastle


    Oxford, PhD