syntactic and/or morphological change in the Modern English period (mainly 1500-1900)
the interface between language and literature in the Early and Late Modern English periods
the normative grammatical tradition
the role of women in language variation and change
attitudes to (English) language
editing Middle English manuscripts at the John Rylands Deansgate Library (co-supervision with David Denison)
Ayumi Miura, Verbs of emotion and impersonals in Old and Middle English: A diachronic study in the syntax-semantics interface. Co-supervised with David Denison. PhD 2011. Lectureship at Kansai Gaidai University.
Marije van Hattum, A corpus study of Irish English verbal constructions from the 14th to the 20th centuries. Co-supervised with David Denison. PhD 2012. Lecturer in English Language at Liverpool Hope University.
Rob Drummond, The influence of local accent on the pronunciation of non-native English speakers in Manchester. [Research Panel Member; main supervisor Maciej Baranowski.] PhD in 2010. Lectureship at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Visiting PhD students:
Paula Rodríguez-Abruñeiras (Santiago de Compostela, autumn 2009); Paula Rodríguez-Puente (Santiago de Compostela, autumn 2010); Zeltia Blanco-Suárez (Santiago de Compostela, autumn 2010).