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Summary: The politics of language, specifically the way in which language constructs, and is constructed by, forms of social power; the interrelations between language and history in Britain and Ireland.
I currently teach core modules in the English language (including English: Culture, Context and Style, and Language in Society), as well as option modules in The Politics of Language and Keywords: the words we use and the ways we use them. I intend to develop a series of modules at the undergraduate and graduate levels that draw upon the research interests outlined above.
I welcome enquiries from postgraduate students wishing to research in any of the areas outlined above.
Scouse: A Social and Cultural History, Liverpool and Chicago: Liverpool University Press, 2012, pp. xiii + 224.
Language and Social Change: a Complex Case History, in Rethinking Approaches to the History of English, eds. Terttu Nevalainen and Elizabeth Traugott, Oxford University Press, 2011.
The Complaint Tradition, in Historical Linguistics of English: An International Handbook, A. Bergs and L. Brinton, eds., Mouton de Gruyer, 2011.
Joyce, Irish and English: the problem of language, in Joyce: Critical Insights, ed. Al Wachtel, Ebsco, 2013.
James Joyce and lexicography: I must look that word up. Upon my word I must, Dictionaries, 31, 2010.
The art of memory: the murals of Northern Ireland and the management of history, Field Day Journal of Irish Studies, 7, 2011.
Signs, Socialism and Ethics, Keywords: A Journal of Cultural Materialism, 9, 2011.
Dissident: an essay in historical semiotics, Critical Quarterly, 53.2, 2011.
Belfast 1972-1986, photographs and text, in collaboration with Eric Madigan Heck and Kristopher Banks, Nomenus Quarterly, 13 (The Privilege of Living), April 2012.
Class Accent (interview), Red Pepper, Feb/Mar, 2013.
Abuse (Keyword entry), Keywords, 11, Winter 2013.
Scouse (Keyword entry), Keywords, 12, Winter 2014.
The Murals of Northern Ireland 1979-2013: