Professor Jack Grieve PhD

Professor Jack Grieve

Department of English Language and Applied Linguistics
Professorial Fellow in Corpus Linguistics

Contact details

G45, 3 Elms Road
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

My research focuses on understanding language variation and change through the quantitative analysis of large corpora of natural language data. 


  • PhD in Applied Linguistics, Northern Arizona University (2009)
  • MA in Linguistics, Simon Fraser University (2005)
  • BA in Linguistics, Simon Fraser University (2002)


I am from Vancouver and studied at Simon Fraser University and Northern Arizona University. Before moving to the University of Birmingham in 2017, I held a post-doctoral research fellowship at the University of Leuven and a Lecturership in Forensic Linguistics at Aston University.  


I have taught modules on corpus linguistics, English grammar, forensic linguistics, and sociolinguistics. 

Postgraduate supervision

I have supervised PhD students working on a range of topics, including corpus linguistics, dialectology, forensic linguistics, and sociolinguistics. I welcome applications from students working in any of these areas. 


My main research interests are in corpus linguistics, sociolinguistics, and dialectology. I am especially interested in grammatical and lexical variation in the English language across time, space and communicative context. I also develop methods for quantitative linguistic analysis and authorship attribution.

Other activities

I consult on casework as a forensic linguist and I am on the editorial boards of the open access journal Frontiers in Digital Humanities and the open access book series Language Variation published by Language Science Press.



Jack Grieve and Martijn Wieling. 2020. Regional Dialectology: Quantitative Approaches using R. Under contract with Cambridge University Press.

Jack Grieve. 2016. Regional Variation in Written American English. Cambridge University Press.

Journal Articles

Andrea Nini, Carlo Corradini, Diansheng Guo and Jack Grieve. 2017. The application of growth curve modeling for the analysis of diachronic corpora. Language Dynamics and Change 7: 102-125.

Jack Grieve, Andrea Nini and Diansheng Guo. 2017. Analyzing lexical emergence in American English online. English Language and Linguistics 21: 99-127.

Martijn Wieling, Jack Grieve, Gosse Bouma, Josef Fruehwald, John Coleman and Mark Liberman. 2016. Variation and change in the use of hesitation markers in Germanic languages. Language Dynamics and Change 6: 199-234.

Yuan Huang, Diansheng Guo, Alice Kasakoff and Jack Grieve. 2016. Understanding US regional linguistic variation with Twitter data analysis. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems 59: 244-255.

Jack Grieve, Costanza Asnaghi and Tom Ruette. 2013. Site-restricted web searches for data collection in regional dialectology. American Speech 88: 413-440.

Jack Grieve, Dirk Speelman and Dirk Geeraerts. 2013. A multivariate spatial analysis of vowel formants in American English. Journal of Linguistic Geography 1: 31-51.

Jack Grieve. 2013. A statistical comparison of regional phonetic and lexical variation in American English. Literary and Linguistic Computing 28: 82-107.

Jack Grieve. 2012. A statistical analysis of regional variation in adverb position in a corpus of written Standard American English. Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory 8: 39-72.

Jack Grieve. 2011. A regional analysis of contraction rate in written Standard American English. International Journal of Corpus Linguistics 16: 514-546.

Jack Grieve, Dirk Speelman and Dirk Geeraerts. 2011. A statistical method for the identification and aggregation of regional linguistic variation. Language Variation and Change 23: 193-221.

Jack Grieve. 2007. Quantitative authorship attribution: an evaluation of techniques. Literary and Linguistic Computing 22: 251-270.

Book chapters

Jack Grieve. 2017. Spatial Statistics. Forthcoming in Charles Boberg, John Nerbonne and Dominic Watt (editors) The Handbook of Dialectology. Wiley-Blackwell

Jack Grieve, Tom Ruette, Dirk Speelman & Dirk Geeraerts. 2017. Social functional variation in conversational Dutch. In Eric Friginal (editor) Studies in Corpus-based Sociolinguistics. Routledge.

Jack Grieve. 2017. Assessing smoothing parameters in dialectometry. In Martijn Wieling, Martin Kroon, Gertjan van Noord and Gosse Bouma (editors) From Semantics to Dialectometry. Festschrift in honor of John Nerbonne. Tributes 32, College Publications.

Jack Grieve. 2015. Dialect Variation. In Douglas Biber and Randi Reppen (editors) The Cambridge Handbook of English Corpus Linguistics. Cambridge University Press.

Jack Grieve. 2014. A multidimensional analysis of regional variation in American English. In Tony Berber Sardinha and Marcia Veirano Pinto (editors) Multi-Dimensional Analysis, 25 years on: A Tribute to Douglas Biber. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Jack Grieve. 2014. A comparison of statistical methods for the aggregation of regional linguistic variation. In Benedikt Szmrecsanyi and Bernhard Wälchli (editors) Aggregating dialectology, typology, and register analysis: Linguistic variation in text and speech. Berlin/New York: Walter de Gruyter.

Jack Grieve. 2012. Sociolinguistics: Quantitative Methods. In Carol A. Chapelle (editor) The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Jack Grieve, Douglas Biber, Eric Friginal and Tatiana Nekrasova. 2010. Variation among blog text types: A multi-dimensional analysis. In Alexander Mehler, Serge Sharoff and Marina Santini (editors) Genres on the Web: Corpus Studies and Computational Models. New York: Springer-Verlag.

Douglas Biber, Jack Grieve and Gina Iberri-Shea. 2010. Noun phrase modification. In Günter Rohdenburg and Julia Schlüter (editors) One Language, Two Grammars? Differences between British and American English. Cambridge University Press.

Conference proceedings

Isobelle Clarke and Jack Grieve. 2017. Dimensions of abusive language on Twitter.  ALW1: 1st Workshop on Abusive Language Online, held at annual meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics (ACL) 2017, Vancouver, Canada, August 4, 2017.

Diansheng Guo, Alice Kasakoff, Caglar Koylu, Yuan Huang and Jack Grieve. 2015. Historical Population Informatics: Comparing Big Data of Family Trees and the US 1880 Census for Migration Analysis. First International Workshop on Population Informatics for Big Data (PopInfo'15), Sydney, 10 August, 2015.

Thomas Kolb, Eric Friginal, Martha Lee, Nicole Tracy-Ventura and Jack Grieve. 2008. Teaching writing within forestry. Proceedings of the 7th Biennial Conference on University Education in Natural Resources, Oregon State University.

Maite Taboada and Jack Grieve. 2004. Analyzing appraisal automatically. Proceedings of AAAI Spring Symposium on Exploring Attitude and Affect in Text: 158-161.