I am Senior Lecturer in English Language at Edge Hill University, UK. My general research interests are in the use and development of corpus approaches to issues in descriptive, theoretical and applied linguistics. My PhD thesis examined conditionals through the lens of modality. It presented classifications of both, and proposed viewing conditionals as constructions with obligatory internal modal marking, whose function is akin to that of linguistic qubits (quantum bits). I have presented and published on the nature, techniques and applications of corpus linguistics, conditionals, tense-aspect and modality in both native and learner English, as well as on linguistics and TESOL, language teaching methodology and language teacher education. Currently, my research and publications combine the following areas:
- Corpus Linguistics: compilation of topic-specific corpora, annotation techniques, metrics.
- Lexicogrammar: conditionals, modality, tense-aspect, construction grammar, lexical grammar.
- Corpora in language education: pedagogical lexicogrammar, analysis of learner language.
- Corpus approaches to (critical) discourse studies.