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My field of research is diachronic syntax, in particular syntactic variation and change in the history of English.
|2005 -||Professor||University of York|
|2001 - 2005||Senior Lecturer||University of York|
|1996 - 2001||Lecturer||University of York|
|1991||PhD, Department of Linguistics||University of Pennsylvania|
|1980||BA, Department of Mathematics||New York University|
My research combines formal syntactic analysis, statistical methodology and techniques of corpus linguistics, and applies quantitative methods to the structural analysis of historical data. I have participated in the creation of four annotated corpora of historical English texts, and continue to exploit these corpora in my own research. My current project (with Ann Taylor) investigates the effect of information structure on the position of objects in Old and Middle English, and the role of information structure in the change from object-verb to verb-object order in the history of English.