I am Senior Lecturer in English language at the Department of English & History, Edge Hill University. I have been working within corpus linguistics since 2001; previously, I worked in applied linguistics 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:
· Modality and conditionals
· 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 of conditionals and modality. 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 have published on the nature, techniques, metrics and applications of corpus linguistics, conditionals, modality, language teacher education, and language teaching approaches – particularly on the role of language awareness. My h-index is 3 when measured by ISI Web of Knowledge and Scopus, and 11 when measured by Google Scholar Citations and Publish or Perish.
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