I am a Germanic linguist with a specialization in language variation and change, historical linguistics, and corpus linguistics. My research explores aspects of language variation and change both synchronically and diachronically using a corpus-based variationist (Labovian) framework. I am currently engaged in two long-term research projects. The first investigates intensification in Germanic languages, a project which involves examining the longitudinal variegated nature of intensifying adverbs, their ebb and flow, and their sensitivity to a number of linguistic and social factors. The second attempts to establish the use of a variationist framework in work on German variation and change by examining a number of linguistic variables using tried and tested quantitative methods of variationist sociolinguistics.

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