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 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 home university in Leuven.

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 was Head of the Department of Linguistics and English Language from 2019 to 2022. I also served as Assistant Director for PGR Training and Development for the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures from 2017 to 2019.


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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I've developed and deliver a range of workshops and talks for A level English Language students.

- Using corpora to study language change (practical workshop in which students use online corpora)

- Agony aunt columns as a window on (semantic) change

- How do words change meaning?

If you are interested in hosting a workshop in your college/school or in coming to campus for a talk/workshop, send me an email. 

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