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Beth Malory

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Beth Malory

Lancaster University

County South




I specialize in the application of corpus linguistic methods to historical English-language datasets. I am particularly interested in efforts to achieve parity between the technologies available to researchers working with present-day corpora and those working historically and diachronically. My current research investigates how corpus methodologies can be used to assess quantitatively the impact of prescriptivism, and how discourse analytic corpus methods can be applied historically. In the past, I have also conducted and contributed to research in the fields of corpus-based pragmatics and corpus-based semantics, and I was Research Associate on the AHRC-ESRC SAMUELs Project between 2014 and 2015. 

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M.A. (Hons) English Language and Literature: Mansfield College, Oxford (2012)

M.St. English Language: Oriel College, Oxford (2013)

Ph.D. Linguistics (part-time): Lancaster (2013-)

Current Research

My PhD thesis trials a new method for quantifying the effects of grammatical prescriptivism in English during the Late Modern period. It utilizes a statistical method rarely used in linguistic research, known as change-point detection, to demonstrate how an individual's sensitivity to prescriptive attention can be quantified. It also establishes quantitatively for the first time, using discourse analystic corpus methodologies, that the literary review periodicals of the Late Modern period were frequent sources of prescriptive commentary, and that targeted censure appearing in a review periodical could prompt a criticized author to carry out wholesale linguistic reform. 

Supervised By

Jonathan Culpeper

Willem Hollmann