English Words in War-Time: Andrew Clark and living language history 1914-18
My research focusses on a wide range of aspects in the history of English (1750-), in its social, cultural, as well as linguistic aspects. I have particular interests in the history of pronunciation (and its representation in literary as well as non-litererary works), as well as in the history of dictionaries; my Very Short Introduction to Dictionaries (OUP, 2011) explores the history and use of the dictionary as linguistic/ cultural form, while I have written a number of books and articles on lexicography between 1700 and the present day -- including my new book on Samuel Johnson and the Journey into Words (OUP, 2015), as well as earlier books on the Oxford English Dictionary. I am currently working on the English Words in War-Time Project, examining the work of Andrew Clark, a long-time contributor to the OED who, at the start of WW1, decided to make his own investigations into words and meaning as a way of tracking on-going historical change, and its representation, especially on the Home Front. For the project blog and website, click here.
Undergraduate Teaching Areas:
History of English 1400-present day (orthography, lexis, dictionaries and grammars, language attitudes, media discourse etc)
Representing regional English in literary texts
Graduate teaching Recent graduate teaching modules include:
- History and approaches to the history of English
- English in the Eighteenth Century.
- Language and Identity in Victorian Fiction
Babbling a Dialect of France: Loanwords, French, and Johnson's Dictionary. Posted: 13 Feb 2012
Hard words, best words. words in use, writing the inventory of English. Posted: 9 Oct 2012
‘The Economist’, July 2010, position piece and ‘expert guest’ in The Economist's online debate on language addressing the motion "The English-speaking world should adopt American English
‘A journey through spin’, Guest blog for OXfordWords blog. http://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/
‘Woman – or suffragette’ ? http://blog.oup.com/2013/04/suffragette-word-origin-evolution-etymology/
For an extensive set of posts on language and language change in the First World War, see the English Words in War-Time Project at firstname.lastname@example.org