I completed my thesis, ‘The Semantic Field of ANGER in Old English’ in English Language at the University of Glasgow in 2014. The thesis examined the representations of ANGER in Old English prose and poetry through a corpus-based analysis of ANGER vocabulary to better understand how it operates in the Old English lexicon and how Anglo-Saxons represented and conceptualised ANGER in their literature. The thesis demonstrates that analysis of lexical usage is essential for understanding larger conceptual structures within a language, and aids the analysis of literary texts and understanding of Anglo-Saxon psychologies. My thesis was an interdisciplinary project that combined linguistic investigation informed by cognitive diachronic semantics and textual analysis of passages in their context, with due sensitivity to such textual concerns as authorship, genre, text type, style and translation practices. My current research follows on from these investigations and centres around historical semantics, corpus linguistics and the history of emotions, particularly in the context of Anglo-Saxon England.
Previously, I worked as a Research Assistant in English Language at the University of Glasgow, where I co-organized two large international conferences: the International Congress of Onomastic Sciences in 2014 and the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists’ Biannual Conference in 2015. Additionally, I’ve edited volumes in the area of Anglo-Saxon studies and Onomastics, most prominently the Oxford Handbook of Names and Naming and the proceedings from both ICOS 2014 and ISAS 2015. I also acted as Project Assistant on the AHRC-funded Mapping Metaphor with the Historical Thesaurus project and taught in the areas of Old English, Old Norse, history of English, semantics and English literature.
Currently, I am a lecturer in English Language at Liverpool Hope University, where I teach the history and development of English, historical and corpus linguistics, TESOL and English literature.