Dr Tine Breban

Senior lecturer in English Linguistics

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I'm a corpus linguist working on the grammar of English. I'm interested in all different historical stages of the language, from Old English to very recent.  My holy grail is to better understand the changes that link the different stages and that make the grammatical system of English the system it is today.

(In case you were wondering, my first name is pronounced like the English name Tina)


After finishing my PhD at the University of Leuven (Belgium) in 2006, I had the opportunity to travel and continue my research at a.o. Stanford University, the University of California Santa Barbara, the University of Stavanger (Norway), the Free University Berlin, as well as at my alma mater.

I joined The University of Manchester as a Lecturer in 2012, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2017. I teach units on English grammar, historical Englishes, language change and corpus linguistics.

I'm currently also enjoying working closely with the PhD students in the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures as Assistant Director for PG Training and Development and Teaching Assistant Coordinator. 


BA (2000) and MA (2002) in English and Dutch Linguistics and Literature, University of Leuven (KULeuven)

PhD (2006) English Adjectives of Comparison: Lexical and Grammaticalized Uses, University of Leuven (KULeuven) supervised by Prof. Kristin Davidse

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2015)

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