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Dr Paul Rayson

Senior Lecturer

Paul Rayson


Lancaster University


Lancaster LA1 4WA

United Kingdom

Tel: +44 1524 510357

Location: B50

Research overview

My research interests are based on applications of corpus-based natural language processing to address significant challenges in a number of different areas: child protection in online social networks, better understanding of the language of extremism and counter extremism, text mining for conceptual history studies, the quality of the corporate financial information environment and the use of metaphorical language in end-of-life care. My methodological contributions are in the areas of key semantic domains, the analysis of spelling variation in historical texts and online language and in corpus analysis software.

PhD supervision

Contextual disambiguation for automatic semantic annotation
Spelling variation in historical or online varieties

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My Role

Director of UCREL research centre

Current Teaching

SCC110 Software Development

SCC312 Languages and Compilation


I am director of the UCREL research centre and a Reader in the School of Computing and Communications in the Infolab21 building at Lancaster University in Lancaster, UK. I am a member of the CREME (Corpus Research in Early Modern English) interdisciplinary research group and the multidisciplinary centre Security Lancaster

Career Details

Academic Qualifications: 

2003                PhD, Computer Science, Lancaster University.

1990                BSc (Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics, Lancaster University.


2015 – now     Reader (School of Computing & Communications, Lancaster University)

2012 – 2015     Senior Lecturer (School of Computing & Communications, Lancaster University)

2012 – 2015     Director of International Teaching Partnerships (Faculty of Science and Technology, Lancaster University)

2009 – 2012    Lecturer (School of Computing & Communications, Lancaster University)

2008 – now     Director of Isis Forensics Ltd., Infolab21, Lancaster University

2006 – 2007    Teaching Fellow (Computing Department, Lancaster University)

2006 – 2011    Director of The Research Engine Ltd., Infolab21, Lancaster University

2003 – now     Director of UCREL Research Centre (Computing & Linguistics Depts, Lancaster University)

1997 – 2009    Research Fellow (Computing Department, Lancaster University)

1990 – 1997    Research associate/assistant (Computing Department, Lancaster University) 


Professional Role

Journal editorships:

  1. Production editor of Corpora published by Edinburgh University Press (1st issue 2006).
  2. Production editor of ICAME published by the University of Bergen, Norway (since April 2006).

Book Series Editorship:

  1. Co-editor (with Mark Davies, Brigham Young University) of Routledge Frequency Dictionaries.


  1. Advisory boards for ICAME (International Computer Archive of Modern and Medieval English) and JISC Historic Books.
  2. Professional memberships: IEEE Computer Society, ACL (Association for Computational Linguistics), ALLC (Association for Literary & Linguistic Computing), British Computer Society

Recent conference and workshop organisation:

  1. (k) Workshop on Corpus Linguistics & Machine Translation Applications (August 12-13 2008, CCID, Beijing, P.R. China), (l) eLexicography in the 21st century (22-24 October, 2009, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium), (m) 30th Annual Conference of the International Computer Archive for Modern and Medieval English ICAME30 (May 2008, Lancaster, UK) (n) All seven Corpus Linguistics conferences CL2001 - CL2009 (Lancaster x 2, 2001-3, Birmingham x 2, 2005-7, Liverpool, 2009, Birmingham, 2011, and Lancaster, 2013).

Recent Conference committee membership:

  1. (t) Workshop on Annotation of corpora for research in the Humanities (January 2012, Heidelberg) (u) Language Resources and Evaluation Conference, LREC2012 (May 2012, Istanbul, Turkey) (v) Corpus Technologies and Applied Linguistics, Xi’an Jiaotong Liverpool University (XJTLU) (Suzhou, China, June 2012) (w) 9th International Workshop on Natural Language Processing and Cognitive Science (NLPCS-2012) (June 2012, Wroclaw, Poland)

Proposal and final report reviewing for UK research councils and funding agencies:

  1. British Academy, ESRC, AHRC, British Council and The Leverhulme Trust.

Reviewing for international journals:

  1. Computer Speech and Language, Language Resources and Evaluation (previously Computers and the Humanities), IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, Transactions on Aspect-oriented software development, IET Software, Interacting with Computers.

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