I am a senior lecturer in English language at the Department of English, History & Creative Writing, Edge Hill University. I have worked in corpus linguistics since 2001. I came to linguistics through English language teaching (1984-1993) and language teacher education (1992-2001).
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 maintain an online bibliography of studies using corpora and corpus techniques to examine meaning and style in discourse.