Director, Undergraduate Programs
B.A., The University of Texas at Austin, 1996
M.A., The University of Michigan, 2000
Ph.D., The University of Michigan, 2004
Areas of Specialization
English language studies, history of the English language, late medieval literature
Activities and Interests
I am interested, most broadly, in the ways that speakers and writers have used and shaped the English language to meet their changing needs. My research is based in the history of the English language, and uses methodology from historical pragmatics, sociolinguistics, and stylistics. My forthcoming book, Quoting Speech in Early English , joins linguistic and literary studies to investigate methods of marking reported speech in late medieval English. Other research and teaching interests include language ideologies, language and community, corpus linguistics, language and gender, the changing linguistic landscape in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, and Middle English language and literature.
- Quoting Speech in Early English. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (forthcoming 2011).
- "History of the English Language in the English Department: Past and Present." Contours of English. Anne Curzan and Michael Adams, eds. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press. (forthcoming).
- "Early Modern LIterary Language." Historical Linguistics of English. Laurel Brinton and Alexander Bergs, eds. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. (forthcoming).
- "The Spread of Grammaticalized Forms: The Case of be+supposed to." The Journal of English Linguistics 35:2: 117-131. 2007.
- With Richard W. Bailey. "Henry Machynís English: Getting it right." Studies in the History of the English Language III: Managing chaos: strategies for identifying change in English. Christopher M. Cain and Geoffrey Russom, eds.. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. pp. 231-250. [Topics in English Linguistics 53]. 2007.
- With Richard W. Bailey and Marilyn Miller, eds. A London provisioner's chronicle, 1550-1568, by Henry Machyn: manuscript, transcription, and modernization. University of Michigan Press and the Scholarly Publishing Office of the University of Michigan University Library. 2006.
- "The Use of Videlicet in Early Modern Slander Depositions: A Case of Genre-Specific Grammaticalization." The Journal of Historical Pragmatics 7.2: 245-263. 2006.