He is interested in the theory of language change, the social history of language, using electronic corpora as a tool for analysis, and the many ways language can be described and explained. At present, he is most focused on the more antiquarian aspects of his material, the idiolects, rare words and syntactic constructions, and the historical context of the documents and their authors. He is currently working part-time on his thesis.
My PhD thesis deals with the morphosyntactics of English possessive constructions in Late Middle and Early Modern English. I use a range of electronic corpora to study the effects of genre, dialect and a number of linguistic factors on the variation and change in the possessive constructions. The aim of my research is to explain the use and changes in these constructions based on both language internal factors and external factors.
The cultural, social and material history of Early Modern Britain is also of interest to me, particularly that of the texts that I use. I am also fascinated by the concepts of ownership and possession and how they were understood in this period and how they appear in the texts.