Welcome to my website! Here you will find information about my research, including details of my publications, presentations and projects. My background is in corpus linguistics (using computational tools to analyse collections of digitised texts) and I am especially interested in how corpus methods can be applied in two particular fields: digital archiving and historical sociolinguistics. Much of my research over the past ten years has focused on the language of historical ego-documents (personal letters, diaries and first person narratives), exploring how digital technologies, including corpus and visualisation tools, can provide new insights into the lives and experiences of ordinary men and women as well as shedding light on how dispersed communities maintained contact over distance and time. One of the ways that we can explore patterns and trends within and across different letter collections is through interconnecting resources. I'm currently involved is several projects which examine how metadata relating to historical letters (sociobiographic information about the authors and recipients, for instance) can be captured, modelled and interrogated in ways that are useful and meaningful across the disciplines.