Project team

Professor Michaela Mahlberg (PI), University of Birmingham

Photograph of Professor Michaela MahlbergProfessor Mahlberg is the Chair in Corpus Linguistics and the Director of the Centre for Corpus Research at the University of Birmingham. Her research focuses on language as a social phenomenon. A large part of Professor Mahlberg’s research deals with the language of Dickens’s fiction, literary linguistics, and discourse analysis. She is the editor of the International Journal of Corpus Linguistics (published by John Benjamins) and, together with Wolfgang Teubert, she edits the book series Corpus and Discourse (published by Bloomsbury).

Professor Peter Stockwell (CI), University of Nottingham

Photograph of Professor Peter StockwellProfessor Stockwell is the Associate Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement (Europe) and Professor of Literary Linguistics at the University of Nottingham. His main research interests are in literary linguistics, cognitive poetics, sociolinguistics, and modern literature. Professor Stockwell has published extensively in the field of literary linguistics. His books and articles include language textbooks, edited collections and books on the language of science fiction, surrealism and modern poetry. He is a Fellow of the English Association.

Viola Wiegand (RF), University of Birmingham

Photograph of Viola WiegandViola’s research interests focus on the use of corpus linguistic tools to identify meaning in texts. Apart from her corpus stylistic work with 19th century fiction on CLiC, she also works with contemporary discourse. Her PhD thesis investigates how the concept of surveillance is represented in academic writing, blogs and newspaper articles. She has an interest in the statistical analysis and is a co-author of the CorporaCoCo R package which compares co-occurrences across corpora.


Anthony Hennessey

Anthony Hennessey is a collaborator from the Probability and Statistics Group within Mathematical Sciences at the University of Nottingham and he also has extensive experience in commercial software engineering. His interests include the statistical and numerical analysis of corpus data. From his commercial work, Anthony has particular expertise in server-side architecture, design and implementation.

Jamie Lentin

Photograph of Jamie LentinShuttle Thread is the software development consultancy run by Jamie Lentin, which produces complex internet-facing applications and educational/research tools for a variety of institutions. He has been developing database-driven websites and complex internet-facing applications since the turn of the century, and has a wealth of professional software development experience, from client-side Javascript all the way down to Linux kernel development.

Dr Robert Sanderson, J Paul Getty Trust

Photograph of Rob SandersonDr Sanderson is the Semantic Architect for the J Paul Getty Trust. His role includes the design and direction of semantic information systems across those programs at the data and management levels. Ongoing projects include the publication of the Museum and Research collections via IIIF and Linked Open Data. He is the chair of the Web Annotation Working Group in the W3C, a specification editor and community leader in the IIIF domain, and on the advisory boards of many projects in the space.

Dr Catherine Smith, University of Birmingham

Photograph of Catherine SmithDr Smith is a Research Fellow and Technical Officer in the Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing. Her research interests focus on the use of electronic tools to analyse texts: she has been involved in writing software and applying these methods to texts as diverse as the New Testament, the writings of Charles Dickens and email communications. Dr Smith’s particular specialism is in XML and related technologies most of her development is done in Python and Javascript.


Advisory panel