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Jacqueline Cordell

Research Student / Research Assistant/ Teaching Affiliate, Faculty of Arts


Teaching Summary

Part-Time Lecturer, De Montfort University, 2015-present, workshops in Evolving Language: an introduction to histories of language

Teaching Affiliate, University of Nottingham, 2015-present, seminars in Language & Context

Research Summary

Current Status

PhD (full-time) - currently registered, thesis pending

Research Interests

My main areas of expertise are: literary linguistics; corpus linguistics; corpus stylistics; and the history of the English language. I have a special interest in exploring the application of corpus linguistic theory, methods, and tools to examinations of pre-Shakespearian text.

Research Topic

Langland and literary style: a corpus investigation of Piers Plowman

Research Summary

My thesis examines the relationship between linguistic form and literary function in the lexical patterns contained in the Middle English narrative poem Piers Plowman. This approach draws on technological and theoretical advances in corpus linguistics to generate quantitatively-established text features and patterns that, when placed within frameworks in literary linguistics, offers a point of departure for analysing aspects of the poem's literary style.

This research follows a tradition of data-driven corpus investigation of literary style (corpus stylistics), but is groundbreaking in being the first to explore Middle English literature using this approach. Its findings offer new insights to the poem's language use, and also reveal the durability of literary and corpus stylistic frameworks in more historically distant literary domains than typically examined.

Research Supervisors

Prof. Michaela Mahlberg (2014-2015)

Dr. Kevin Harvey

Dr. Mike Jones

Primary Funding Source

Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship for Research Excellence

Research Institutes, Centres and/or Research Clusters Memberships

Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics (CRAL)

Stylistics and Discourse Analysis reading group (SDA)

Poetics and Linguistics Association (PALA)

Conference Papers & Presentations

'To regularise or not to regularise? Orthographic annotation in Middle English (literary) analysis'. Computational Methods for Literary-Historical Textual Scholarship conference, De Montfort University, July 2018 (forthcoming).

'Crossing academic boundaries: linking literary linguistics to OE pedagogy'. TOEBI conference, University College Cork, October 2017 (co-author Katrina Wilkins).

'Legal language and Langland.' International Medieval Conference (IMC), University of Leeds, July 2017.

'Keywords and the Middle English allegory'. Approaching the Medieval: a symposium of Early Modern and Medieval stylistics (SEMMS), University of Nottingham, June 2017.

'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: a corpus stylistic approach'. PALA conference, University of Cagliari, July 2016.

'Building on the concordance: a corpus-assisted approach to style in medieval texts'. Limits symposium, University of Cambridge, May 2016.

'Cognitive processing in medieval literary riddles'. Literary Linguistics Lecture Series, University of Nottingham, March 2015.

'CLiC Dickens: towards a cognitive corpus stylistics of characterisation'. 12th ESSE Conference, Kosice, Slovakia, August 2014.

Additional Information

Co-organiser for 'Approaching the Medieval: a symposium of Early Modern and Medieval stylistics' at the University of Nottingham, 2016-2017.

Research Assistant for the CLiC Dickens project at the Centre for Research in Applied Linguistics, 2014-2015

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