I am Senior Lecturer in English language at the Department of English & History, Edge Hill University. I have worked in corpus linguistics since 2001; previously, I worked in applied linguistics (TESOL) and language teacher education (1992-2001), and English language teaching (1984-1993).
My general research interests are in the use and development of corpus approaches to issues in descriptive, theoretical and applied linguistics ‒ particularly as regards the English language. More specifically, my research focuses on the following areas:
Conditionals and modality.
The compatibility between construction grammar and lexical grammar.
Pedagogical lexicogrammar, and, more generally, the connection between linguistics and TESOL.
Learner language and learner corpora.
The use of corpus approaches to (critical) discourse studies.
My PhD thesis examined conditionals through the lens of modality, and presented classifications for both. It also proposed a view of conditionals as environments of indeterminacy; that is, constructions with obligatory internal modal marking, whose function is akin to that of linguistic qubits (quantum bits).