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 2011 book, Quoting Speech in Early English , joins linguistic and literary studies to investigate methods of marking reported speech in late medieval English. I am currently researching the intersection of linguistic and scribal strategies for textual organization in the late Middle English devotional texts. 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. 2011.
- editor (With Richard W. Bailey and Marilyn Miller). A London provisioner's chronicle, 1550-1563, by Henry Machyn: manuscript, transcription, and modernization. University of Michigan Press and the Scholarly Publishing Office of the University of Michigan University Library. 2006. Electronic edition. http://quod.lib.umich.edu/m/machyn.
- Forthcoming. "Visual pragmatics: Speech presentation and Middle English manuscripts." In Cambridge Handbook of English Historical Linguistics. Merja Kytö and Päivi Pahta, eds. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
- Forthcoming. "A history of the English term onomatopoeia." In Studies in the History of the English Language VI. Michael Adams, Rob Fulk, and Laurel Brinton, eds. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
- Forthcoming. "Talking about talk: quethen, quoth, quote." In Quoting Now and Then. Jenny Arendholz, Wolfram Bublitz and Monika Kirner, eds. Leiden: Brill.
- 2013. review: Testifying to Language and Life in Early Modern England. For English Studies 94:5. 624-625.
- 2012. "Early Modern English: Literary Language." In Historical Linguistics of English. vol. 1. Alexander Bergs and Laurel Brinton, eds. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. 791-807.
- 2011. "History of the English Language in the English Department: Past and present." In Contours of English. Anne Curzan and Michael Adams, eds. University of Michigan Press. 157-167.