A Manuscript Found in the Library of Abbotsford House and the Lost Legendary of Osbern Bokenham
The History of the English Language, especially in the Medieval period.
The English Language: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018)
How English Became English: A Short History of a Global Language (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2016)
Does Spelling Matter? (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013; paperback 2014)
Chaucer’s Language (Palgrave Macmillan; 2nd edition, 2012)
Old and Middle English. History of the English Language. Palaeography and the History of the Book.
I have appeared on numerous radio and TV programmes to discuss language issues. Recent appearances include BBC Breakfast TV, BBC Radio 2 Jeremy Vine Show, BBC Radio 4 Stephen Fry's English Delight, BBC Sportshour, NPR Here and Now.
I have been interviewed for various articles appearing in national newspapers. Recent examples include:
'So Trump makes spelling errors. In the Twitter Age, Whoo Doesn't?' The New York Times
'Trump's covfefe takes hold in the land of the spelling bee' Financial Times
'Spelling it out: is it time English speakers loosened up?' The Guardian
'The true importance of good spelling' BBC Capital
'Why the comma is heading towards its own full stop' The Times
'Autocorrect allows apostrophe to hang on in there' The Times
General Interest articles:
'Lost in Translation: 5 common phrases you may be using incorrectly' The Conversation
'What will the English language be like in 100 years?' The Conversation
'Toilet or Lavatory? How words Britons use betray national obsession with class' The Conversation
'Why do we say "sorry" so much?' The Conversation
'Emojis and ambiguity in the digital medium' OUP Blog
'Do we need the apostrophe?' OUP Blog
'Does Spelling Matter?' OUP Blog
'Battels and subfusc: the Language of Oxford' OUP Blog
'Clues, code-breaking, and cruciverbalists: the language of crosswords' OUP Blog
I have published numerous articles on the Oxford Words Blog, including:
Consultant, Oxford English Dictionary
Member of Advisory board, Babel: The language magazine
Member of Advisory board, Index of Middle English Prose
Member of Editorial board, The Yearbook of Langland Studies
Member of Editorial board, The Chaucer Review
Member of Editorial board, Poetica
I was Charles Owen Visiting Professor at the University of Connecticut in 2011 and Houghton Mifflin Visiting Fellow at the Houghton Library, Harvard University in 2013.