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. My research and publications combine the following areas:
Corpus Linguistics: compilation of topic-specific corpora, annotation techniques, metrics.
Grammar: conditionals, modality, tense-aspect, construction grammar, lexical grammar.
Corpora in language education: pedagogical lexicogrammar, analysis of learner language.
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).
I am currently compiling a bibliography of studies using corpora and corpus techniques to examine meaning and style in discourse. Contributions and suggestions are more than welcome. I am also moderating, together with Glenn Hadikin, the Corpus Linguistics group on Facebook.