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My main research area is variation and change in the history of English with a primary focus on syntax. I have also worked on Ancient Greek (clitics) and the subgrouping of Indo-European. I work within a framework that applies quantitative methodology first developed within variationist sociolinguistics to the structural analysis of historical data, and combines formal syntactic analysis, statistical methods, and techniques of corpus linguistics.
I am co-creator of three parsed corpora of historical English, the PPCME2, YCOE and PCEEC, and continue to be interested in the creation and exploitation of annotated corpora for linguistic analysis.
My current research interests focus primarily on Old English syntax, and include the effects of information structure on the position of objects, the effect on syntax of the translation from Latin and the interaction of syntax and prosody in metrical texts.